Rose Of Kildare showed no signs of a long season catching up with her when showing a warrior-like attitude to take the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.
Running for the 12th time this year, the Mark Johnston-trained daughter of Make Believe successfully defied a 3lb penalty for a Group Three victory at Ayr to strike at the same level on her return to seven furlongs.
Hitting the front inside the final furlong, the 12-1 winner stayed on in tenacious fashion to hold off the previously-unbeaten Valeria Messalina by a neck.
Johnston said: “It’s the age old story and we have been here before with the likes of Masham Star. Is it the fact they are tough because they have run 12 times, or the fact that running 12 times has made her tough?
“There is nothing that keeps them sound and tough like regular racing. I have to admit if she wasn’t 3,000 euro filly she would not have run so much earlier on.
“She just came there on the bridle two out and the further she went, the better she got. We will look at the English Guineas and something like the German Guineas as a fall-back.”
Originally appeared on Racing TV on October 11th, 2019BACK TO NEWS