Tuesday , December 7 2021

Cabaret Queen feedback following her run at Ascot

I have received the feedback from Highclere following the run of Cabaret Queen at Ascot yesterday.

“Cabaret Queen (GB)
King’s Theatre (IRE)/La Dame Brune (FR)

Cabaret Queen ran a very respectable race this afternoon at Ascot to finish 5th but beaten a long way by the winner Favorito Bucks trained by Paul Nichols.

Your mare looked in great shape in the parade ring and was walking round the ring with real purpose. In the race itself she ran a bit free early on but once she had settled she jumped beautifully throughout the race. She did jump to her left for whatever reason which was a surprise to Dan and Harry but overall she acquitted herself well in what was a very competitive race. Ground wise it was tacky enough for her and also Dan thought that we should bring her back in trip to two and a half miles or a mile and six. 

All in all therefore a good effort and there is no doubt that she will come on for the run. Dan is not going to run her on bad winter ground and therefore believes that her optimum time will be in the spring so he will be very careful as to where he places her next.

I will of course let you know how she comes out of today’s race and Dan’s thoughts for her next start.”

I was not really surprised but her run yesterday. Dan Skelton simply doesn’t train winners at Ascot and the stiff three miles there didn’t play to her strengths. All three of her wins have come on genuine good ground, with her two wins over fences within two weeks of each other, when she had the sun on her back, in June.

When she returns from a break, she does not produce her best form.

News has just come through regarding her condition this morning:

“Cabaret Queen (GB)
King’s Theatre (IRE)/La Dame Brune (FR)

Dan has been in touch to say that Cabaret Queen is sound this morning but rather unusually has very sore shins. It is very rare for an animal of her age to suffer from sore shins and Dan thinks she may have scraped a fence or a take off board in yesterday’s race, although there are no obvious outward signs. This may have accounted for her jumping left during the race. He will give her an easy few days in the hope that the shins settle down.

Dan was happy with her effort and felt that the ground was probably testing enough for her to tire in the final couple of furlongs. He also thinks that she may need to drop a bit in the Handicap to give her a better chance of winning again.

We will be back in touch next week with an update.”

My feeling right now is that we have a decent, lightly raced mare on our hands, who is possibly just shy of Class 3, and who prefers to be racing when conditions are to her liking.

Summer good ground is definitely better than winter good ground!

Onwards and upwards. at least she got home safe and sound and we live to race another day.

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