Friday, 29 June 2012
Jessica Rose can repay her new owners in full when she races first-up at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Keep The Faith filly won races at Caulfield and Bendigo for Barrie and Midge Griffiths before changing hands for $35,000 last month. Agent Sheamus Mills bought her for a partnership managed by Peter Collier at the Inglis Great Southern Sale.
Collier is a long-time client of Clarry and Heath Conners. “Peter has had horses like Tresor with Dad and me,” Heath Connors recalled this week. “Tresor was an honest mare and she won for both of us in Sydney and Victoria.”
Jessica Rose (3f Keep The Faith - Strawberry Rose by Snippets) is eligible for a Super VOBIS bonus on top of the $70,000 prizemoney allocated to the Printhouse Hcp (1000m) on Saturday. “She’s only been here a month and we’re still working her out,” Connors admitted. “But she has good fresh form and hopefully she can pay the boys back straight away.”
Jessica Rose raced well in black-type company without winning earlier this season. She was stretched out to 1400 metres but is probably at her best hitting the line in short-course sprints.
Keep The Faith got her from a winning half-sister to Group 1 stayer Linton. It’s also the family of Magic Millions 3YO Trophy winner Jamieson Valley.
Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) has sired 77 winners of 131 races at a 62% strike-rate in his first two crops. He will stand for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud this year.
Keep the Faith filly racing first-up for new stable at Caulfield