Blue blooded filly Bollinger Rose wins on debut (Steve Hart)
Bidding for the More Than Ready filly from the Group One winning, Bollinger, had stalled at $325,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, but breeder and vendor, Vinery Stud, was determined not to take unders.
Hence, the filly was passed in and eventually placed with leading Newcastle trainer, Kris Lees.
On Saturday, the filly – Bollinger Rose – won on debut over 1000m at Gosford, as hot favourite, becoming the sixth winner (from as many to race) out of the Coolmore Classic winner.
It’s some pedigree alright. Bollinger Rose is among nearly 1600 winners for his remarkable sire, More Than Ready, whose star turns include Sebring, More Joyous, Samaready and Benicio, the latter being out of Bollinger’s Group winning half sister, Mannington.
One of three stakes winners out of the Golden Slipper winning, Bint Marscay, Bollinger’s best to date is the 4-time North American stakes winner, Friesan Fire.
“We (Vinery) decided to keep Bollinger Rose when she didn’t make her reserve at Easter,” Vinery’s Adam White points out. “Actually, it was really a no-brainer because regardless of what she did on the track, she was always going to be a valuable broodmare.
“Kris (Lees) is still weighing up our options after Saturday but a good city race is next likely to be on the agenda.”
Bollinger Rose is Bollinger’s penultimate foal, producing a colt by All Too Hard in 2014 before dying last October.
“We sold the All Too Hard colt for $250,000 at Easter last year and he’s now with Ciaron Maher,” White adds. “He’s been called Villermont and we kept a share in him as well.
“Looking down the track, Bollinger Rose’s win on Saturday is very encouraging and we also race her year older full sister, Madame Lily, who is with Matt Dunn.
“She’s only a lightly raced mare and won at Canterbury in February, but is back in work and likely to have a couple more runs before heading off to stud.”