The Cavalry arrives at Caulfield

Charge Forward’s daughters have really kicked up for him this spring, and today 3YO filly Cavalry Rose joined the attack with a courageous win in the $150,000 MRC Thoroughbred Club S. 1200m G3 at Caulfield.

Pictured: A slipped saddle didn’t stop Cavalry Rose & Nash Rawiller from charging down the straight to a valuable Group 3 victory at Caulfield today. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Nash Rawiller made good use of Cavalry Rose’s early speed and got to the lead after 700 metres, then kicked 2 lengths clear into the straight. Mareeza and Saturn Rock chased hard, but Cavalry Rose did not flinch and held on for a short half-head win in 1:10.03.

Bred by Grant Briscoe of Kirks Bridge Farm, Cavalry Rose is the 8th stakeswinner by Charge Forward , and the fifth from a mare by Danehill or his sons, after Headway, Fort Lincoln & Urban Groove (all from Flying Spur mares), and Solar Charged (from a mare by Danehill himself).

Urban Groove, also from Charge Forward’s 2009 crop, won the ATC Reginald Allen Quality LR two weeks ago and ran a game fourth in the ATC Flight S. G1 last weekend. A third member of that crop, Balaclava Lady is an impressive last-start winner at Caulfield and is nominated for Wednesday’s Thousand Guineas G1.

Cavalry Rose’s dam Alberton Rose is a multiple winner by NZ 2000 Guineas G1 winner Danske from a fine New Zealand family that has produced Group winners Te Akau Rose, Sir Alberton, Alberton Star & Lady Alberton.

Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications bought Cavalry Rose for $85,000 from the Widden Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. She is raced by

the 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.

Trainer Gerald Ryan, who also scored with Snitzel ‘s brilliant daughter Snitzerland, was confident going into today’s race, although Cavalry Rose hadn’t won since February. Thoroughbred News reported his comments after 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.”

Cavalry Rose is Charge Forward’s second Thoroughbred Club S. G3 winner, after Solar Charged in 2010, and she has now won three races and $431,000 in eight starts.

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