Group 1 tryst for Dick Turpin

Dick Turpin’s first southern book received another Group 1 boost when Mary Gracie sent her mare Cottage Rose to Mungrup Stud this week.

Cottage Rose (Cheraw) has a 100% record from four foals to race and the best of them to date has been Group 1 Railway Stakes winner El Presidente.  “The mare deserves to go to a stallion like Dick Turpin,” Gracie explained.  “He was obviously top-class and Timeform rated him one of the best three year-olds in Europe.”

Bruce Watkins trained El Presidente for Gracie and the highlight of his 10 wins was the 2007 Railway Stakes.  He completed a feature hat-trick in the Group 1 Mile after earlier wins in the G3 Asian Beau Stakes and G3 R J Peters Stakes.

El Presidente (Dante’s Fury) was sidelined with a tendon injury after just 14 starts and, despite stem-cell treatment, was unable to make a comeback.  “He’s down at Bruce’s stables in Bunbury,” Gracie said.  “We tried to get him going a couple of times but now he’s enjoying life as a companion for the young ones.”

Cottage Rose has also foaled the Mosayter winners Rose and Rajah Rajah.  She missed to Passenger last year so will be among the first mares Dick Turpin covers next month.

Rose is a new-season seven year-old and is back in work for another campaign.  She didn’t debut until five and won her first two outings including a Belmont sprint clocking 57.60s for 1000 metres.  Her last sectional was a sizzling 33.62s for 600m.

Rajah Rajah won on debut at Northam in June before losing his way at Belmont last month.  “He was underdone and we didn’t expect him to go so well first-up,” Gracie admitted.  “He drew wide and was never on the track second-up.  He wasn’t knocked about and we’ve sent him out for a spell.”

The latest Cottage Rose runner is a juvenile filly by Mungrup Stud’s champion first-season sire Danehill Express.  “I don’t believe in pushing two year-olds,” Gracie said.  “She’s been educated and will go back to Bruce in another three months.”

Gracie has been involved in racing and breeding horses since the 1970s.  She founded Saddlery Wholesalers in Carbine Street, just a stone’s throw from Ascot racecourse, and it has evolved in to a multi-million dollar business.

Cottage Rose joins Miss Andretti’s dam Peggie’s Bid (Marooned) among Dick Turpin’s first book at Mungrup Stud.  He will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee this year.

MARY GRACIE
Saddlery Wholesalers owner receives the 2010 Belmont Business Award
from South Perth MP John McGrath