Quality filly Military Grace will be given the chance to emulate her stablemate Military Rose in the 2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic after she powered home to win the LR Calaway Gal Stakes (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Both fillies are by General Nediym and are owned and trained by Hoss and Gillian Heinrich. Military Rose cost the Gold Coast couple $155,000 at the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions and Military Grace was a $100,000 purchase earlier this year.
“She’s a good filly and will be a lot better when we step her up to 1200m,” Gillian Heinrich said. “Mentally and physically she’s very similar to Military Rose.”
Military Grace (2f General Nediym – Searchlights by Belong to Me) was runner-up to Spectrolite at Flemington on debut a month ago and she started an odds-on favourite on the strength of that effort.
She will now run in the B J McLachlan Stakes at Eagle Farm on Boxing Day prior to the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on January 15. The filly was bred and sold by Baramul Stud and is from an unraced three-quarter sister to G3 Blue Diamond Preview winner World Peace and the Gerry Harvey owned sire Conatus.
Her second dam Light Up the World (Rory’s Jester) scored a G2 victory in the Challenge Stakes at Randwick among four black-type wins in Sydney.
The Heinrichs spelled Military Rose after she failed to fire at the Melbourne spring carnival. The G1 Coolmore Stakes was her goal but she was sidelined following an unplaced run in a Group 3 won by Solar Charged at Caulfield.