Trainer Gillian Heinrich will give Military Rose the opportunity to become the first filly in history to complete the Magic Millions – Golden Slipper double.
Military Rose ran her rivals ragged with a near four length victory from the front for local couple Hoss and Gillian Heinrich. It was the first home-town win in the Classic since Snippets in 1987.
The Heinrichs paid $155,000 for Military Rose at the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions. She is by General Nediym from Sydney winner Bella Maddelena (Flying Spur) and hails from the family of Zeditave, Melito and exciting young sire Jet Spur.
The General Nediym filly went into the $2 million feature on the back of a Listed victory B J McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Boxing Day. She is now unbeaten after four starts and has accrued $1.33 million in prizemoney.
General Nediym won the 1997 Magic Millions Classic and he had already been represented by 2003 winner Regimental Gal. Dance Hero (2004) and Phelan Ready (2009) claimed the Magic Millions – Golden Slipper double but they were both geldings.
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. “I’ve never won a Group 1 but a Magic Millions is the race I’ve always wanted to win.”
Middlebrook Valley Lodge bred Military Rose and sold her Testa Rossa yearling half-sister for $150,000 to Queensland based Boomer Bloodstock last Wednesday.