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Dowager Queen Wins NZ Champagne Stakes
Waikato Stud-based multiple Gr1-winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a NZ juvenile black-type success (& 8th individual stakes-winner) when favoured daughter Dowager Queen (Savabeel-Dower, by Pins) scored a 2.5-lengths victory against the males in the NZ$45,000 Listed Champagne Stakes (1600m) for 2YOs at Ellerslie. Dowager Queen (ridden by James McDonald for trainers Graeme & Debbie Rogerson) defeated fellow filly Vittoria (Postponed-Eurotec, by Marauding) & the gelding Richard (Chianti-Lugano, by Balmerino). Dowager Queen (a NZ$50,000 yearling at the 2010 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 2 wins & 5 placings (including last start's Gr1 The Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m at Awapuni on April 2) from 8 starts for NZ$57,425 earnings.