Burgundy Rose Booms Home

Date: 27 Dec 2019

Burgundy Rose Booms Home

One of the better backed on the day, Burgundy Rose  (3 f Burgundy - Paraiba, by Faltaat) extended her record to two wins and three seconds from five starts with a polished display in the $22,500 Terry Kennedy 2YO & 3YO 1200 metres on Boxing Day at Wingatui.

Bred by Te Akau principal David Ellis and owned by the Te Akau Roses Are Red Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Burgundy Rose annihilated her rivals winning a Maiden in October at Taupo, freshened following a very close second in November at Awapuni, and she galloped home strongly for third when trialling recently at Riccarton.

“She's a filly that Karyn liked so much on the farm that we decided to keep her and syndicate,” Ellis said. “She was very impressive winning at Taupo, probably should have won at Awapuni, and I thought she looked a class above them today too.”

Warranting favouritism and shortened from $2.80 into $1.90, Burgundy Rose held sway on the inner of a competitive pace before asserting her authority early in the home straight and jockey Samantha Wynne had no reason for concern over the concluding stages.

Winning by two and a half lengths, she ran the 1200 metres in 1:14.2 on footing rated Slow7 and fulfilled a plan by trainer Jamie Richards.

“I thought she won well and it's always satisfying when you put a plan in place a fair way out for a horse, get them ready, and it comes to fruition,” Richards said.

“You've got to have the team around you and thankfully we do. She had trained on accordingly after trialling well at Riccarton, and presented in really good order. Craig Thornton went down this morning to look after them, after being stabled at (race sponsor) Terry Kennedy's last night. And Rachael Kramer and Lydia Truesdale have done a great job with the horses from our base at Riccarton. 

“Sam (Wynne) rode her well. She used a bit of petrol early to hold the front, but managed to dictate terms through the mid-stages and I thought she showed a good kick. It was a pleasing victory. She's a filly that can now go on to the Gore Guineas (Listed, 1335) on the 18thof January and we believe she's up to stakes' class.

“We have a good bunch of owners in the filly and congratulations to them,” said Richards, whose grandparents in Alexandra, Gary & Lorraine McDonnell share in the ownership.

The win was the 52ndthis season for premiership leader Richards, which includes six stakes' wins and the best strike rate (5.3) among the top 10 trainers. 

Burgundy Rose was strapped by Craig Thornton.

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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