VRC Oaks Day at Flemington proved to be the venue for the latest stakes winning performance by a daughter of Artie Schiller (USA) when Vain Queen scorched the turf to land the Group 3 VRC G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m).
One of Victoria’s most talented racemares over the past three seasons, Vain Queen had proven herself to be an outstanding Flemington straight-course sprinter with three wins from four previous visits to the circuit. Backed into a $4.80 second favourite for the prestigious assignment, the 5-year-old was seen at her brilliant best with a resounding three-and-a-half length trouncing of quality opposition.
Vain Queen stopped the clock at a blistering 1m02.70s, running the final 600 metres in 33.12s. Almost equally as impressive is the fact that the second-crop daughter of Artie Schiller boasts a 58% winning strike-rate, having now won seven of her 12 career starts for $457,660 in prizemoney.
“I said to [owners] Phillip and Mario that I thought she had to bring her best performance here today,” confessed trainer John Sadler after the victory. “This could have easily been a Group 2… this was a serious race of mares in form,” the leading trainer elaborated.
Sadler added: “I was hoping that she would just win, but to win like that was really exciting. She’s shown today that maybe at some stage there could be a Group 1 in her.”
The Group 2 success of Vain Queen gave Emirates Park Victoria sire Artie Schiller his 23rd individual stakes winner worldwide. A maternal grand-daughter of Kenvain, she is bred on remarkably similar terms as fellow Australian Group 3 winner Lady Melksham, a grand-daughter of the Kenmare stallion Keltrice. Significantly, in addition to both being sons of Kenmare, damsires Kenvain and Keltrice were both produced by daughters of Vain.