The Darren McAuliffe-trained Rebel Queen will make her much anticipated return in this Saturday’s Listed Supremacy Stakes (1100m) for two-year-olds at Ascot.
Rebel Queen won her only race start at Ascot in November, and has won two trials at Lark Hill in dominant style in the past month.
Following her first win, McAuliffe had to send Rebel Queen for a spell after she pulled up shin sore, and said he would target the filly at the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) on March 14.
McAuliffe said Rebel Queen had returned in good order from her shin soreness and would acquit herself well in this Saturday’s $100,000 feature.
“She has had a nice long spell, it’s always in the back of your mind, and you train them to avoid it,” McAuliffe said.
“She has done plenty of work and she is more than fit enough.
“She galloped with an older horse on Tuesday and she worked really well.
“Whatever she does she will improve on, her goal is the Gimcrack.”
McAuliffe said he was hopeful the filly would be able to pick up some black-type races this campaign, highlighted by the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m), and honour her strong family ties.
“This race is a good opportunity to get some black-type for a good family that I own,” he said.
“(The Karrakatta Plate) obviously is (a target race), but they have got to get there first.
“I have tried to win it a number of times, and her sire I would’ve thought he would’ve won a Karrakatta but he went shin sore the Tuesday before the race.”
William Pike elected to ride the Daniel Morton-trained London Line in the Supremacy, and meant McAuliffe had to book Lucas Camilleri to ride Rebel Queen, and McAuliffe said he wasn’t concerned at the change of jockey.
“He knows her inside out, he knows all her little tricks,” he said.
Meanwhile, McAuliffe said Solar Rule, a placegetter at Ascot on Wednesday, would be set for the J.C. Roberts Stakes (1800m), also at Ascot on March 14.
The Supremacy Stakes is Race 4 on Saturday’s eight event program and jumps at 3.00pm.