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Delpech Praises Aust-Bred SAf Juveniles
South African jockey Anthony Delpech has described Australian-bred juveniles Majmu and Banaadeer as "special" after partnering them to brilliant stakes victories at Turffontein on Saturday. Both 2YOs are owned by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Racing operation and were purchased at last year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney. Majmu, a daughter of Redoute's Choice from the Hussonet mare Spontaneous, cost $300,000, while Banaadeer, a More Than Ready colt from the Redoute's Choice mare Provence, was knocked down for $700,000. Majmu had obviously been showing above average ability at home because she was heavily supported on debut to start a dominant odds-on favourite. Despite being left "three to four lengths" at the start, according to Delpech, Majmu proved far too strong running out an impressive 1.25-length winner of the Listed Ruffian Stakes (1,000m). "Going through the 600m I just picked her up and I knew then that I was going to have them," Delpech is reported as saying on trainer Mike de Kock's website. "She's a special horse, she is really, really special. I actually haven't sat on something like this for a really long time. She's got a lot to learn but you're going hear a lot about her." He added, "My hair stood up when she won!" Banaadeer was responsible for an equally impressive performance when cruising to an easy 3.25-lengths victory in the Listed Storm Bird Stakes (1000m). His maiden stakes success came at start number two, after bolting in by 8.25- lengths on debut the previous Saturday. "All I wanted to do was come out of the gate okay because I know his ability," said Delpech. "Once I came out I thought the race was won because I know how good he is. He's got such a lovely temperament and I think that's his asset." Asked which of the two he thought was better Delpech responded: "All I am hoping is that they don't clash. It's very hard to say. They are both special horses."