Romantic Lady Rocks Home Again

Date: 18 Dec 2019

Romantic Lady Rocks Home Again

Birdcage standout Romantic Lady  (3 f Power - Romantic Time, by Fastnet Rock) completed a hat-trick of wins on 18 December at Matamata, taking out the $11,000 Noble & Lee Rating 72 1200 metres.

In the colours of Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan, and shared in ownership with John Aubrey, Richard Johnstone, Michael Macky, James Montgomerie and Warwick Taylor, Romantic Lady followed a dominant victory on the course a fortnight earlier in the Rating 65 1200 metres, having scored her Maiden win over 1200 metres in November at Otaki.

Ridden by Cameron Lammas, who guided the filly to victory last time, Romantic Lady settled off the pace in sixth of seven runners, stood the leader six lengths at the 600m, and after ranging four wide rounding the home turn she came with a well timed run. 

“Today, I've had to ask a bit more from her and she's found it.” Lammas said. “She's a lovely filly and just keeps giving. She seems to be a filly that keeps improving and I think she'll get over a bit more ground, too.”

“It was a really tough effort,” said trainer Jamie Richards, who leads the premiership with 51 wins. “Everyone says how hard it is to go Maiden to (Rating) 65, but to go three on the bounce and get through and win first time in Rating 72 is great performance by the filly. Cameron Lammas has clicked with her and been riding her well.”

On footing that improved dramatically after being rated Heavy10, an upgrade to Slow8 after race one was followed by Slow7 after the fifth, and enabled Romantic Lady post 1:10.9 and 35.5 (600m) over 1200 metres. 

“I was a little bit concerned about the track conditions first thing this morning, but the wind arrived, which dried it out a bit, and full credit to Graeme Styles and his team for presenting the track in such good order after all the rain we've had,” Richards said. “It's a miracle that's it got back so fast.

“Also, well done to Sir Patrick, who is watching at home, and he's got some good mates of his involved and they're thoroughly enjoying her successes.”

Appearing set for the test, despite the rise in grade, Romantic Lady justified her favouritism to return $2.90 & $1.90 on the NZ TAB tote. Putting together a good record, she has now won three of her five starts, including a second and third.

Looking forward, Richards said: “There's a 3YO 1200 metres for her mid-January at Ellerslie, and then the Mr Tiz Trophy (Gr. 3, 1200m) on Karaka Million night (Jan. 25) at Ellerslie. Catalyst is going to be there, so that will be difficult, but any black type will help Sir Patrick when she's finished racing.”

Noble & Lee was represented by director and bloodstock taxation specialist Emilee Foy. “Congratulations to all the connections,” she said. “When I moved to Matamata, I gave (part-owner) John Aubrey (Bloodstock Taxation Consultant) a call. His advice is invaluable and I use his book as my bible.”

Accepting on behalf of the owners, Bill Taylor said: “I owned and trained a Manawatu Steeplechase winner (Quevado), but this is better. It's a great thrill owning this filly. I was best man at Patrick's wedding and I'm sure he will get a great thrill out of this too. We've been mates for a long time.”

Romantic Lady was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $92,500 at the2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Cambridge Stud. She is the first foal of a race winning filly over 1250 metres in Sydney, by Champion sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill). 

“It's always a thrill to train a winner in Sir Patrick's colours,” Ellis said. “Jamie (Richards) has given her a first-class preparation and she continued to step up each time. She's a filly that's developing a real appetite for racing and that type of attitude can take horses a long way.”

Romantic Lady was strapped by Mallesh Saddari.

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