Jack Milner: Vardy won the R1.5-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday.

In what was considered the strongest field ever assembled for this Grade 1 race, Vardy proved his Green Point Stakes victory was no fluke as he raced past the opposition beat One World, with Rainbow Bridge in third.

“I can’t believe how easily he won,” said delighted jockey Craig Zackey. “This horse is definitely one of the loves of my life. We all know how good he is after today.”

With a flood of late money coming for Hawwaam, who went off at 5-10, Vardy drifted to 17-2. One World started at 16-1 and Rainbow Bridge at 12-1. Fourth spot went to Twist Of Fate at 55-1 which saw a Quartet payout of R5,812.80.

This was the second Grade 1 win for trainer Adam Marcus and Zackey as they earlier had teamed up last month to win the Cape Fillies Guineas on Mississippi Burning.

Hawwaam ran fifth, beaten 3.30 lengths, and trainer Mike de Kock put the disappointing run down in the main to two factors – what happened at the start and “not  a very good ride from Anton Marcus”.

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