Rose to try on Slipper

MILLION-dollar baby Military Rose will be given the chance to chase Golden Slipper history after fulfilling trainer Gillian Heinrich’s dream of winning the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast.

The daughter of General Nediym, who cost $155,000 when bought by Heinrich’s husband Hoss as a yearling, streaked home by 3-3/4 lengths from Sydney filly Ambers Waltz in the $2 million feature on Saturday. Brisbane filly Demanding Miss was a neck away third.

Military Rose, who remains unbeaten after four starts and has now earned more than $1.3 million, clocked 1:10.27 for the 1200-metre sprint, well outside Clan O’Sullivan’s race record of 1:08.46.

Military Rose’s win was the first home town victory since Snippets won the race in its inaugural year in 1987.

Heinrich rated the victory as the best of her career as did winning jockey Stathi Katsidis.

“This is sensational. Just to get a horse in the race is fantastic but to win it is unbelievable,” Heinrich said.

“I’ve never won a Group One and Group Twos have been the best wins for me but a Magic Millions is the race I’ve always wanted to win.

“It’s hard to get a horse into this race. Normally trainers have to battle with shin-soreness with their two-year-olds but she’s kept whacking up for the last four starts.”

Heinrich now plans to give Military Rose a break before aiming her at the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) in April.

“She’s in the race and so long as she pulls up well she’ll be going down,” Heinrich said.

Only two Magic Million winners, Dance Hero in 2004 and Phelan Ready last year, have gone on to claim the Golden Slipper but they were both geldings and no filly is yet to accomplish the feat.-

Katsidis showed why he is leading the national jockeys’ premiership since making his riding comeback in July last year.

“I’ve ridden about 87 winners this season and I rate this win as one of the best,” Katsidis said.

“I won a few races on Calaway Gal before she won the Golden Slipper and I’ve rated her as one of the best but this filly is up there with her.”



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