Cavalry charges home in Sydney debut

Charge Forward ‘s strong run of success continued today at Rosehill when his 2YO daughter Cavalry Rose won the $250,000 Inglis Classic over 1200 metres on debut.

PHOTO: Charge Forward filly Cavalry Rose charges home to victory and collects $154,500 almost a year after she was purchased from the Inglis Sydney Classic Sale. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trained by Gerald Ryan for a group of owners managed by Triple Crown Syndications, Cavalry Rose went into the race as a four-length trial winner, but showed her raceday inexperience in the straight as she and jockey Glyn Schofield set sail after race favourite Diamond Earth.

Both horse and jockey showed plenty of grit and, as Diamond Earth began to tire, victory seemed possible, but was only likely in the final few metres before the post. Cavalry Rose’s winning margin was a half-neck, with more than six lengths back to third-placed Taxmeifyoucan.

Cavalry Rose was bred by Grant Briscoe and purchased for $85,000 by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward from the Widden Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale. Triple Crown syndicates have achieved notable success with Arrowfield-sired performers in the past 12 months, among them Bellerive Stud graduates G2 winner Hot Snitzel and debut 2YO winner Flying Snitzel (both by Snitzel ).

Her dam Alberton Rose (by Danske) hails from the same excellent New Zealand family as another Rosehill winner today, Alberton Park, and several Group winners, including Sir Alberton, Alberton Star, Lady Alberton & Te Akau Rose.

These horses were bred by the Kerr-Taylor family whose beautiful ancestral home Alberton, built in 1863 in Mount Albert, Auckland, was left to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1972.

New Zealand was the scene of another winner by Charge Forward today, the 4YO mare Andromache (ex Mythical Play by Defensive Play) who scored handsomely over 1200 metres at Pukekohe.

Other winners by Charge Forward this month include Gaston (ex Capto by Octagonal) in New Zealand on 14 January, and Best Eleven (ex Betsy Pie by Redoute’s Choice ), who posted his third win in Hong Kong a day later.

Best Eleven’s trainer Tony Cruz said after that performance, “He is a thorough professional this horse. I think he can handle any conditions – fast, soft, I think even the dirt won’t be a problem for him. He’s very consistent and it is all about his great attitude. He is very calm and relaxed – you know anyone at all could ride him in the mornings, even the trainee riders, because he is so gentle.”

Buyers seeking a prospect by Charge Forward at the 2012 Classic Sale for the 2013 running of the Inglis Classic have only three yearlings to choose from: a filly from Dame de Paree, and colts from Lady of Choice and Miss Kariba.

Check out the Arrowfield draft for the Classic Sale here.

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