It’ll be a win which shall be remembered for many a year. Not only did the three-year-old chestnut filly ARTIE’S ROSE, by the Irish bred stallion Zoffany out of the More Than Ready-line New Zealand mare in Raneen break her maiden status, it was also Singleton Racing’s first win out of their new training base at Scone up in the Hunter Valley.
A large crowd were in attendance for the day. Scott and his team made the trip out to Mudgee with two horses, the other being Concessions, she ran second in race three after ARTIE’S ROSE won the second event of the Mudgee Race Club’s Country Showcase Meeting.
A late rider change saw Grant Buckley take over the reins from Shaun Guymer. The filly had been allocated 55.5kgs and would jump from barrier six out of a possible eleven. The track looked in perfect order being rated Good 4 with the weather Fine.
Over at the 1500 metres start, located at the far end of the long back straight, all was in readiness…They’re Off !, ARTIE’S ROSE began reasonably with Grant being positive out of the gates. Within one hundred and fifty metres the pair momentarily hit the front with the Barbara Joseph-trained Fever Tree, his jockey wanting the lead, pushing on along the rails. Grant was aware of that and eased slightly.
The jockey aboard ARTIE’S ROSE maintained his position for the next few hundred metres until a forward move was made by Mr. International, that horse eventually settling outside the leader. Grant was content with his spot, travelling comfortably in behind the two in front.
Positioning of the runners remained much the same up until 600 metres from home. It was then, when the pace quickened, Fever Tree began to get serious, upping the pace and throwing down the challenge for the runners behind to catch him.
In the meantime, the move made by Mr International was beginning to take it’s toll with that horse dropping off. The ever-alert Grant Buckley took advantage of the situation and coursed ARTIE’S ROSE off the fence, giving them clear running room in the run home.
Passing the 400 metres mark Grant and his mount were challenging the leader, the jockey stoking his mount up, ARTIE’S ROSE responded and was starting to hit top gear. With a furlong to go they were nearly two lengths in front … but wait a minute, who’s this coming home strongly down the outside ?. It was the $2.45 favourite Cosmic Haze trained by another Scone-based trainer, Brett Cavanough and it was charging home.
Under harder riding, ARTIE’S ROSE was holding her own but the other horse was still coming. From being a bit over a length off 100 metres out, Cosmic Haze had reduced the margin to just over half a head when they crossed the finish line. Empowered Madam has also made up good ground coming home hard along the rails to take third placing.
What a great thrill for the long time owners Brent Rollings, Alistair Copps and partners. Brett and Alistair previously owned Cyclonite, a three-time winner for Scott and as well as others.
It’s good to see the “Gear Tinkerer” in action again with Scott adding a tongue tie to ARTIE’S ROSE’s gear … Well Done to the team and going forward, you will produce the winners you deserve from your new home base .