Group Two-winning Matriarch Stakes heroine Girl Gone Rockin’ has arrived at Rosemont Stud’s Ceres spelling farm for a well-deserved break after taking out the $300,000 feature on Saturday at Flemington. Pictured left in Box number 1, and below just after stepping off the float today.
Having just three starts this time in, she will spell for a month before being set for Autumn riches that could see her reach the top of the tree.
“She is so lightly raced. Just 14 starts for 4 wins as a five-year-old mare gives us a really good opportunity to be the fresh, up-and-coming horse on the scene for the Autumn and have a big crack at the feature mare races,” said Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen.
“Who knows, we could even aim up a little higher.
“Dwayne Dunn got off her on Saturday and said she would easily get 2400m, so maybe a race like the BMW isn’t out of the question.”
Having her best campaign to date, Girl Gone Rockin’ (5m. Redoute’s Choice x Sorrento) finished an impressive 5th in the 1400m Group Two Blazer Stakes at Flemington first up before heading to Sydney for a Benchmark race in the hope of winning and getting her rating high enough to make it into the Matriarch field.
As it turned out she was a most unlucky second, but scraped into the Group Two race anyway.
“They made us sweat. We were just outside the field when noms were done, but fortunately there were a couple of non-acceptances and we took the last spot in the field.”
But while Girl Gone Rockin’ spells at Rosemont Stud, there is no rest for emerging staying talent Flashy Fella who could well go onto the $200,000 Listed Ballarat Cup.
Winning the $50,000 Ararat Cup in fine style on the weekend, the Rosemont Stud purchased five-year-old gelding showed he is nearing full fitness and ready to go on with the job over the summer.
“He has taken Mike Moroney and the team a little while to come to hand but he is getting there now. He ran second in the West Australian derby a couple of seasons back but got quite sick after that.
He’s taken his time to recover, but the real Flashy might be back now. Let’s hope so,” Mithen said.