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    Make Believe’s Rose Of Kildare On Top In the Musidora

    9th July 2020

    Looking in need of further than a mile when finishing strongly to be third in the June 21 G2 German 1000 Guineas, the Kingsley Park syndicate’s Rose of Kildare (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) bounced out of a subsequent third in Epsom’s G3 Princess Elizabeth S. five days previously to stamp her class on Thursday’s G3 Tattersalls Musidora S. at York. Not suited by a tactical affair on Derby day, last year’s G3 Firth of Clyde S. and G3 Oh So Sharp S. winner was sent straight to the front this time by Franny Norton. Tackled and headed by Dubai Love (GB) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) in early straight, the 7-1 chance was back at the head of affairs approaching the furlong pole and drew away to record an authoritative 2 1/2-length success from Albaflora (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}), with the 13-8 favourite Ricetta (GB) (Camelot {GB}) half a length away in third.

    Charlie Johnston was at York and said, “We train for some of the most powerful owners, so to have this one for a syndicate of 20 owners is a phenomenal journey. We left Germany very frustrated, as she should have won and when the Epsom race cut up we felt we had to run as it was another good opportunity for black-type. We left there kicking ourselves, thinking we shouldn’t have run because we knew she would improve for a mile and a quarter and this was a good race for her. But, as we always say, the clue is in the name and racehorses are there for racing and with a five-day turnaround she has won the Musidora. There’s not a lot of her, she’s quite a light filly and when we weighed her on Sunday we were hesitant to bring her, but she’s a very tough filly. She has to go up in class now and maybe we could go for the [G1] Nassau, but she owes us nothing.”

    Mark Johnston was at Newmarket and added, “We’ve looked at the German Oaks [G1 Preis der Diana] and I think there is a €50,000 supplement but we won’t rule it out, because that’s the sort of thing she could win.”

    Rose of Kildare’s €3,000 purchase tag is now the stuff of legend and is a surprise given that her dam Cruck Realta (GB) (Sixties Icon {GB}) was such a tough customer who also had the class to punch above her weight and win the Listed Ballymacoll Stud S. She was unsold at just £1,000 at the 2011 Ascot December Sale and the following June was making a mockery of that by finishing runner-up in the Listed Chesham S. at the Royal meeting there. Her family features the G1 Irish St Leger hero Ibn Bey (GB) (Mill Reef) and the G1 Yorkshire Oaks heroine Roseate Tern (GB) (Blakeney {GB}), who is in turn the dam of the Listed Pretty Polly S.-winning pair of Esloob (Diesis {GB}) and Siyadah (Mr. Prospector). Also connected to the G3 Prestige S. winner and G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches third Red Camellia (GB) (Polar Falcon), Cruck Realta’s yearling colt by Kingman (GB) sold to Joe Foley for 170,000gns at the Tattersalls October Book 2 Sale.

    Originally appeared in the Thoroughbred Daily News on July 9th 2020