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R4 million Really Royal impresses on Kenilworth debut

While Trickster was a bit disappointing in Sunday’s Listed Devon Air Stakes at Hollywoodbets Greyville, international owner Bjorn Nielsen started what could be a great week with a smart debut winner for the Snaith Racing Team at Kenilworth on Monday.

Really Royal, a daughter of Klawervlei Stud’s late champion sire Captain Al out of Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess, is a full-sister to Gr1 Cape Guineas winner and Klawervlei sire William Longsword, and a half-sister to Gr1 South African Fillies Sprint winner Real Princess.

She impressed on her 1200m debut under Richard Fourie, when getting up late to beat the free striding and more experienced Captain’s Flo by just under a half length

Really Royal was knocked down to Anthony Stroud for R4 000 000 to top the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Owner Bjorn Nielsen and Jonathan Snaith

She runs in the same silks as the exciting English King (Ed Walker), the well-supported 5/2 Investec Derby favourite with Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby, following his classy success in the Listed Derby Trial at Lingfield Park on 5 June.

English King and QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner Kameko headline 17 entries for the Investec Derby behind closed doors at Epsom Downs this Saturday, 4 July.

Britain’s premier Classic has a total prize fund of £500 000 and will be run at the revised time of 17h55 to encourage a larger TV audience.

Two-time Investec Derby winning jockey Frankie Dettori will take the ride on English King, a son of 2012 Investec Derby hero Camelot, for the first time.

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