TRAINER Mike Azzie and owners Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren know all about the ups and downs of racing – they’ve had an unpleasant time of it recently with unwanted press reports and questionable objections going against them.

But there’s nothing like a Gr1 win to replace some of the sour with a good helping of sweet and they will be delighted with the victory of Querari Falcon (11-2) in Sunday’s Thekwini Stakes over 1600m at Greyville.

Pre-race experts commented on the exceptional looks of Querari Falcon in the pre-race parade – she confirmed being beautifully turned out by running that way – gunning several well-performed rivals out of it over the last 150m, including second-place Dawn Calling, rated aspecial filly by her trainer Duncan Howells.

Delpech was excited after the race: “Querari Falcon has been working well at home and I knew that we could beat them today. I said to Mr Azzie I’d like to ride her confident.  I gave her a chance, she’s still learning but she’s very talented. She has her first Grade 1 race now, she has a bright future!”

A shrewd R90,000 purchase at the 2015 CTS Two-Year-Old Sale, Querari Falcon is the first Gr1 winner produced by the promising Oasis Dream stallion Querari (GER), who stands at Main Chance Farms. The Azzie filly is from a mare by Crimson Waves and was bred by the late Ben Botha, son Arne Botha and family.

Photo: Candiese Marnewick.


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