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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Plenty of buzz about pedigree of Tipperary newcomer Bee Queen

Makfi filly is from the family of blue hen Hasili

Dermot Weld: saddles Khalid Abdullah's homebred Bee Queen
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Dermot Weld has struck gold in three-year-old maidens in Ireland recently having sent out the Moyglare Stud-owned fillies Tocco D'Amore and Sorelle Delle Rose to open their accounts on Sunday.

The legendary Irish handler has a chance to continue that run when he sends out the well-bred Bee Queen in the 7½f maiden at Tipperary on Tuesday (5.15pm).

A Khalid Abdullah homebred by Dubawi's 2,000 Guineas hero Makfi, Bee Queen is the third foal out of the winning Empire Maker mare Trojan Queen and a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Emergent.

Trojan Queen stems from a glorious Juddmonte family as she is a daughter of Group/Grade 1 heroine Banks Hill and a half-sister to prix Jean Romanet heroine Romantica. Banks Hill is in turn a daughter of Juddmonte blue hen Hasili and a sister to Dansili, Intercontinental, Cacique and Champs Elysees.

With an exquisite pedigree like that, Bee Queen is certainly one to keep an eye on as she makes her debut.

Normal aiming to be a cut Above

Pontefract plays host to an exciting maiden earlier in the day at 2.40pm as it features two expensively-bred runners bidding to break their duck in the 1m4f contest for three-year-olds.

The first of those is the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Above Normal, a Godolphin homebred by the late Street Cry. The gelding is the fourth foal out of Phoenix Stakes and Moygalre Stud Stakes heroine Saoirse Abu, who was bought by John Ferguson for 1,950,000gns at the Tattersalls December Breeding-Stock Sale in 2008.

Further back in her family is Sheikh Mohammed's Oaks heroine Balanchine.

One of those in the field who has racecourse experience under their belt is the John Gosden-trained Asanta Sana, who finished fourth in a 1m4f maiden at Lingfield last month.

The three-year-old filly is by Coolmore's perennial champion sire Galileo and is out of the Group 3-winning Danehill mare Milanova, a sister to the operation's Classic sire Holy Roman Emperor.

Milanova was bought by Coolmore from the Tyreel Stud reduction at the Inglis Breeding Stock Sale in 2005 for a record A$5 million.

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Trojan Queen stems from a glorious Juddmonte pedigree
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