Storm Queen Champion Thoroughbred
Storm Queen Foaled In 1963 Winning 24 Times From 52 Starts
Storm Queen: Gender equality has been taken for granted by thoroughbreds for eons before their human counterparts ever had the notion.
This fact has been true for any race distance. Makybe Diva was an exceptional stayer. The middle distances were the forte of Leilani and Light Fingers. As for the sprinters, one need look no further than Black Caviar for proof.
Fillies and mares have never given much thought to whether they were beating another of their gender as opposed to either a stallion or a gelding. storm queen
One of Black Caviar’s predecessors in the category of sprinters will be the subject when a look is given to the racing history of a mare going by the name of Storm Queen.
Foaled In 1963
Storm Queen was foaled in 1963. Her sire Coronation Boy was a product of the Emerald Isle and a competent racer, winning 24 times from 52 starts, in that area of the globe until shipped to Australia in 1956.
Her dam was Storm Gleam, a multiple black type producer with ties through her sire to Gainsborough.
As a racer, Storm Queen could be said to have benefitted vastly from the services of her trainer, T.J. Smith, along with having a jockey who was reputed to be particularly well-attuned to the lady racers, Professor Roy Higgins.
She was productive right from the start. As a two-year-old, she made nothing of her first start. After that, however, she quickly attracted the attention of the fans by winning her next eight starts.
Storm Queen A True Sprinter
A pure sprinter, Storm Queen won only four times at 1600 m, that being the greatest distance at which she ever won. Those were 1966 wins in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Stakes and the Edward Manifold Stakes, along with the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and the George Adams Handicap.
1966 was a good year for her in terms of 1200 m events, which at that time would have been measured as 6 furlongs. She won that year the Breeders’ Stakes and the Merson Cooper Stakes. She also won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes. It would certainly be obvious that her most prestigious victory from 1966 took the form of the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, the event that represents the pinnacle of two-year-old achievement. That same year also included a win at 1400 m in the Sires Produce Stakes, Flemington version, which was a principal race at that time.
1967 produced only one major victory, the Group 1 Lightning Stakes, again, a principal race during that era, and since we were earlier drawing comparisons to Black Caviar, a race that champion has claimed for her exclusive turf the past three years.
Unplaced In Doncaster Handicap
Storm Queen was retired soon thereafter when she ran unplaced in the Doncaster Handicap.
She made only 20 starts in her brief career, but won 13 of those, adding two second place finishes and one third, meaning that she was unplaced on just the four occasions.
As a broodmare, Storm Queen had little to show, but her exploits on the track were more than sufficient that Rosehill Racecourse established the Storm Queen Stakes in her honour in 1979.
The race is Group 1 in status since 1992 and is held alongside the Golden Slipper Stakes.
It is quite reasonable restricted to fillies and mares and it is ideal for those of the ladies that fancy their abilities over 2000 m., regularly attracting a quality field from across the country by offering substantial prize money and serving as the primary lead-up to the Oaks.
Storm Queen’s greatest contribution might be in her role in contributing to the high esteem and affection that punters seem to reserve for fillies and mares and for clearly demonstrating that equality of the sexes can be more than just a noble concept.