The red and white gatecrasher silks of Rosemont Stud were in action on Saturday at Emirates Stakes Day when their progressive five-year-old mare Girl Gone Rockin’ stormed down the Flemington straight to grab victory in the Group Two Matriarch Stakes, defeating last start winner Queenstown by a nose with Keep De Rose a half-length back in third.
Stepping up in class on her last start run over 1800m on the Kensington track at Randwick, where she finished second, but if you take a look back at her run the start prior, the mare finished fifth, beaten just over two lengths by Fire Up Fifi at Group Two level over an unsuitable 1410m when she was 100/1 – with Fire Up Fifi coming out and finishing third at Group One level last Saturday in the Myer Classic.
Trainers John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes have done a great job with the mare this preparation, and jockey Dwayne Dunn rode her a treat, settling her midfield before coming home late down the outside to claim her first stakes victory.
Hawkes was effusive of Dunn’s ride, which he said meant the difference between winning or losing the Group 2 race.
“Dwayne gave her a super ride today. It was an 11 out of 10 ride,” Hawkes said.
“It was something special to win a Group 2 mares race over the carnival means her value has increased threefold in about one and a half minutes.
Secured from the draft of Curraghmore Stud at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale for $380,000, the Australian-bred Redoute’s Choice mare is out of the Just A Dancer mare Sorrento.
A winner of five stakes races highlighted by the Group Two Queen Of The Turf Stakes (now Group One), Sorrento is a three-quarter-sister to the multiple Group Two winner Stargazer and Listed Spangles as well as a half-sister top Listed winner Kap The Bid.
Already the dam of the Group Three ATC Queen’s Cup winner Syreon, in a coup for Rosemont Stud, the Victorian farm secured Sorrento, carrying a positive test to Fastnet Rock’s Group One-winning son Wanted at the 2013 Inglis Broodmare Sale for only $20,000.
Foaling a cracking chestnut filly by Wanted on October 28, if this filly heads to sale she is now a three-quarter-sister to a very valuable broodmare in Girl Gone Rockin’.
Congratulations to all involved with Girl Gone Rockin’ on this very exciting victory for the farm!!