First God's Own to race makes debut at Rosehill
A few hours before the Caulfield Guineas is run, a filly by a recent winner of the Group One feature will create history in the opening race at Rosehill on Saturday.
Magnolia Lane will become the first progeny of the Bart Cummings-trained 2005 Caulfield Guineas winner God’s Own to race when she goes around in the Red Rock Deli Handicap (1100m).
The Marc Conners-trained filly, who is out of the Umatilla mare Stikumonice, was fourth in a recent barrier trial at Warwick Farm.
Magnolia Lane finished just behind Gybe who was third in the trial and subsequently won the Listed Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick last Saturday.
"She’s the first God’s Own to race," Conners said.
"She’ll improve a fair bit from the trial and will get back and will hopefully be hitting the line strongly.
"She’s a very nice filly and she’ll definitely be better next time in."
Magnolia Lane was purchased for $22,500 at the Magic Millions sales by Andrew Rose whose family enjoyed success at the top level with Conners’ father, trainer Clarry Conners.
Rose’s father Gerry Rose was a part-owner of Belle Du Jour who won the 2000 Golden Slipper and the 2003 Newmarket Handicap.
Magnolia Lane has drawn barrier nine of 13 and will be ridden by two kilogram-claiming apprentice Tommy Berry.
Stablemate Rockaway Star also makes his debut in the race and is coming off a barrier trial win at Rosehill last Friday.
The Rock Of Gibraltar colt was close to the speed in the trial and extended nicely to defeat Somepin Anypin by three-quarters of a length in the 900-metre hitout.
Prior to that he was fourth to Gold Arena in an 800-metre trial at Randwick late last month.
"He just went and had a look the first time but he made nice improvement in his second trial," Conners said.
"He’s drawn a good barrier (one) and should be in the race for a long way.
"He’s a nice strong colt and we’re trying to sneak a win with him before he goes out for a spell.
"We’ll see how he goes Saturday, he’s a tough horse and he might have one more start this time in depending on what happens."
The colt is out of the County mare Bundle Of Thanks and was a $27,500 yearling purchase.
Stable jockey Craig Agnew, who rode the colt in both of his trials, has the ride on Saturday.
By Russell Jackson