The Mean Queen Rules Grand National At Far Hills

Under rider Richard Condon, The Mean Queen (IRE) sat patiently behind longshot Amschel for the first two miles of the 2 5/8-mile Grand National and then made her move on the last turn to take the lead and win the Grade 1 stakes at Far Hills Races in Far Hills, N.J.

In the race’s opening strides, Amschel took the lead over The Mean Queen, Snap Decision, and Chosen Mate, his lead five to six lengths throughout the first two miles. The field of four were content to run in that order until they approached the race’s last turn. Condon sent The Mean Queen to the lead, overtaking Amschel as Snap Decision made his move behind her. Entering the Far Hills straight, Snap Decision and The Mean Queen dueled, but the 5-year-old mare held the advantage throughout their stretch run, pulling ahead to a half-length victory over Snap Decision. Amschel and Chosen Mate rounded out the field.

The Mean Queen paid $3.80 and $2.40. Snap Decision paid $2.20. With a short field of four, there was no show betting for the Grand National.

Bred in Ireland by Kevin Purfield, The Mean Queen is by Doyen (IRE) out of the Kris Kin mare Gail Borden (IRE). She is owned by Buttonwood Farm and trained by Keri Brion. Consigned by Ashgreen Stud, the 5-year-old mare was sold for $9,468 to Baltymore Stables at the 2019 Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt. With her win in the Grand National, The Mean Queen has a record of five wins in six starts in 2021 and a lifetime record of six wins in nine starts.

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