Rose Of Kildare gave the Kingsley Park Partnership a day to remember when landing the Group 3 Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket on Friday (11th October).
Mark Johnston’s tough daughter of Make Believe held on to win the juvenile fillies’ feature by a neck at 12-1 under Joe Fanning, bravely repelling Irish raider Valeria Messalina in a thrilling finish.
It was her second consecutive Group 3 success following her win in the William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr last month and six of her shareholders were in the winner’s enclosure to celebrate.
Rose Of Kildare’s win was her fifth in 12 starts and the £34,000 purse took her earnings for the partnership to over £115,000 – not bad for a bargain basement purchase.
A delighted Johnston told In The Paddock: “It’s a fantastic result for her owners. It was suggested that her win at Group 3 level in Scotland came in a below par race but she proved today how tough she is.
“She showed a great attitude to follow up under a penalty and we couldn’t be happier with her,” added the record-breaking Middleham trainer.
Snapped up for as little as 3,000 euros at Tattersalls in Ireland as a yearling, Rose Of Kildare won novice races at Redcar and Hamilton in May before finishing second to subsequent Molecomb Stakes heroine Liberty Beach in the Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley.
She then bounced back from a midfield finish in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot to win a valuable Fillies’ nursery at Newmarket in August under William Buick and made the frame in hot nurseries at York and Goodwood before her seamless step up into Pattern company.
There are no immediate plans for another run this year but her proud Kingsley Park owners will be happy to reflect on an unlikely rags to riches journey that has now resulted in back-to-back Group successes.