The only foal out of the late three-time Eclipse champion Royal Delta, Delta's Royalty showcased some of her dam's exceptional talent with a debut victory at Kempton this week. The 2-year-old Galileo filly, trained by Roger Varian, won a one-mile fillies' novice event on polytrack over 13 rivals, fending off her nearest challenger by about a half-length under jockey Jack Mitchell.
“The performance showcased the clear ability Delta's Royalty had been showing in her work at home,” Varian wrote on his website, “and the fact she was able to win despite being extremely green bodes well for when she matures, especially with her outstanding dam proving to be at her best as an older horse.”
Delta's Royalty is owned by Benjamin Leon's Besilu Stables, which purchased Royal Delta for $8.5 million at the 2011 Keeneland November sale following her first Breeders' Cup Distaff victory. The mare went on to win the Distaff and her third Eclipse Award for Leon the following season.
Royal Delta passed away due to foaling complications in 2017, following her delivery of Delta's Royalty.
Watch the race here:
Delta's Royalty a daughter of Galileo has just made the most promising winning debut at Kempton! 🏆🏇
She was so green throughout the race yet still managed to win going away. She's got some talent to match her good look. A seriously exciting filly. 🌟pic.twitter.com/1o9zpqbKmu
— Stephen R Power (@racingblogger) December 5, 2019
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