The early speed of Cavalry Rose was essential in securing the $150,000, Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old fillies at Caulfield on Saturday with the Gerald Ryan trained filly winning at black type level after racing for most of her career in similar company.
Cavalry Rose and Nash Rawiller hang tough to win the Thoroughbred Club Stakes, picture quentinjlang.com
Jockey Nash Rawiller had barrier 11 to contend with and even though there was early speed inside from Elite Elle and Craig Williams and Hoss Amor and James McDonald he pressed on and his filly finally reached the front with 700m to run.
Rawiller urged Cavalry Rose forward again as they approached the turn and they came off into the straight with a 2L margin over the chasing pack.
They maintained this for 200m with Saturn Rock and Glen Boss coming forward to try and reach the flying leader. Mareeza and Luke Nolan also made their run in the middle of the track and with 50m to run they caught Saturn Rock and carried the attack to Cavalry Rose.
Cavalry Rose was feeling the effect of the need for early speed, but with Rawiller urging her on she stuck to the task well. Mareeza (Freeze) was gallant in the chase but the margin was a short half-head at the line.
Saturn Rock (Fastnet Rock) was third, the margin 1 1/4L and Elite Elle was fourth.
The time was 1.10.03 on the Dead 4 track with the final 600m in 34.00. Cavalry Rose paid $7.90.
“The Triple Crown boys have been terrific and they left it to me after she ran awful in the Silver Shadow,” said Ryan
“We just had to back off her and find out why she went so bad and I think the filly helped herself because we did nothing with her for ten days and she bounced back and has just gone terrific since.
“She worked enormous at Rosehill on Monday going this way of going (Melbourne way) and I was really confident going into the race.”
“I said to Nash to ride her the way he finds her and I actually thought there would be too much speed from the outside but she began brilliantly.”
“As you do when you put those top jockeys on you leave it up to them and I just said to Nash to remember that she takes plenty of the stick and she doesn’t know how to lay down.”
“A lot of people forget that at the end of her last preparation she ran really well in the Golden Slipper where she only got beaten four lengths and she is a lot stronger filly now,” he said.
It was the second winner of the day for Ryan after Snitzerland won the Blue Sapphire (1200m).
“We capitalised on her early speed,” said Rawiller.
“I was in two minds whether to come back and find some cover but the pace seemed to come out of the race and she was able to roll forward.”
“Just before straightening I thought we better get going before we hit the bend and she was too strong.”
“She did a good job because the saddle slipped quite badly and she wasn’t the easiest to ride out but she certainly did find when she needed to,” he said.
Cavalry Rose is by Charge Forward out of the Danske mare Alberton Rose and this was her third win from eight starts.
She was second in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes over 1200m in the autumn and then placed eighth in the Golden Slipper. She came into the race with a fourth place in the listed Reginald Allen over 1200m at Rosehill on September 29th.
Owned by Triple Crown Syndicate Cavalry Rose, F Ippolito, J Deacon, G Dickenson, B Rippingale, Mrs J Johnson, T Kelly, V Chau, Ms C Surtees and M Panton she now has the valuable black type win and stakes earnings of $349,250.