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Dowager Queen Wins NZ Rotorua Stakes
Waikato Stud-based multiple Gr1-winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a NZ black-type success when favoured 2YO filly Dowager Queen (Savabeel-Dower, by Pins) scored a 0.75-length victory against older rivals in the NZ$45,000 weight-for-age Listed Windsor Park Stud Rotorua Stakes (1400m) for fillies & mares at Arawa Park. Dowager Queen (ridden by Lisa Allpress for trainers Graeme & Debbie Rogerson) defeated 3YO filly Fleur De Lune (Stravinsky-Kapsjoy, by Kaapstad) & 5YO mare Sacha (Keeper-Viva Romance, by Machiavellian). Dowager Queen (a NZ$50,000 yearling consigned by Dormello Stud at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 3 wins (also including April's Listed Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Ellerslie) & 5 placings (including April's Gr1 The Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m at Awapuni on April 2) from 9 starts for NZ$85,550 earnings.