With two Group 1 races conducted on Saturday at Trentham Racecourse in New Zealand, Rosemont Stud had reason to celebrate, although the result was a slightly different one to what was expected!
Contesting the first Group 1 of the day was our recently acquired Iffraaj filly Sardaaj who started a short-priced favourite in the Levin Classic over 1600m.
A narrow second in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic on Boxing Day, the filly jumped away well from the gates and went forward before easing back to sit in fifth position, while race leader Prince Mambo ensured a good tempo up front.
Urged along before the home turn to make her run, the filly looked as if she would be in the finish and worked home well, but it was the maiden galloper Gaultier who had literally been ‘smoking his pipe’ at the tail of the field who worked home a little too strongly for our filly.
Although she toughed it out and came again when headed, the head margin into second wasn’t what the team were expecting, although who can complain about the fact that Sardaaj is now a Group 1 performer!
With four starts for two wins and two second placed efforts, she is an extremely consistent and talented filly and we are all excited about her future prospects.
Two races later on the same card was the running of the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap over 1200m.
The horse of interest to the team at Rosemont Stud was the Flying Spur gelding Sacred Star, who started at very good double figure odds.
Sacred Star is out of the O’Reilly mare Irish Nova, who was purchased by Rosemont Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare sale in foal to Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Stratum for $120,000.
At the time of sale, the mare was the dam of the promising five-time winner Sacred Star who had been Group 1 placed twice.
As luck would have it, two days after we secured the mare, Sacred Star came out and won the Group 2 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm off the back of a pleasing barrier trial win.
Finishing an unlucky fifth, beaten less than two lengths next time out in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, it was evident that Sacred Star had his fair share of ability.
Heading back to New Zealand where he was currently being trained by Tony Pike, Sacred Star went winless in his three races before Saturday’s event, all at Group 1 level.
Starting first-up, carrying the top weight and jumping from one of the widest gates, Sacred Star produced the goods for owners Raffles Racing, and surged to the lead, dashing clear to win the race by four lengths!
With a little luck, and a lot of pedigree work would have it – Rosemont Stud now own the dam of a Group 1 winner, have a Stratum three-quarter brother to a Group 1 winner and the mare could possibly be covered next season by resident Toorak Toff!