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Well-related youngster to debut at trials

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The spotlight will be on the first appearances of a 2-year-old out of former top race mare when he trials for the first time at Warwick Farm on Monday.

In the 800 metre heat for colts and gelding, there will be keen interest in Crown Affair (Snitzel), who is trained by David Payne.

He also guided the career of the dam Gallant Tess (Galileo {IRE}), a dual Group 2 winner and a multiple G1 placegetter.

She was raced by John Cordina, who also owns the Payne-prepared G1 VRC Derby winner Ace High (High Chaparral {IRE}), and Crown Affair will carry his colours after passing in for $1 million at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

The colt is a half-brother to three winners, including the Listed Dulcify H., and G2 Autumn S., runner-up Rock Hero (Fastnet Rock).

Crown Affair as a yearling

Already a winner

The fillies’ heat, also over 800m, features the Clarry Connors-trained Diddles (Snitzel) who was a trial winner a fortnight ago under rider Tommy Berry sporting the Strawberry Hills Stud silks of the filly’s co-owner John Singleton.

A $400,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast purchase, Diddles is a daughter of the G2 Let’s Elope S., winner Mimi Lebrock (Show A Heart) and twice a Group 1 placegetter.

Mimi Lebrock is a half-sister to the G3 Grand Prix S., and G1 Queensland Derby runner-up Heavenly Thought (So You Think {NZ}).

Diddles as a yearling