Ole Kirk Captures the Golden Rose to Make It a Group 1 Weekend Double for Written Tycoon

Mark Smith - Saturday September 26

There was some concern for the champion Queenslander Rothfire when he was led back to scale after he struggled into fourth in Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose at Rosehill, which proved a triumph for the Hawkes stable with the top two lots at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

An Inglis Premier triumph as Ole Kirk edges North Pacific in the Golden Rose (Steve Hart)

Rothfire was made to work to find the lead as Mamaragan pushed up underneath him. After giving a kick at the 300m, Rothfire was in trouble a hundred metres later as Tommy Berry on Ole Kirk and James McDonald on North Pacific made their runs down the centre of the track.

It was a team Hawkes quinella as the Written Tycoon colt Ole Kirk defeated the high-priced Brazen Beau colt North Pacific by a head with a length and a quarter back to the dual Group 1 winning Redoute’s Choice colt King’s Legacy in third.

The first and second were the second and first top sellers at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“I said to Neil Werrett before the first run, that the horse was going as good as he’s ever gone<” Michael Hawkes said.



uo;He’s from the All Too Hard, Black Caviar family, it just doesn’t get any better. He is going to excel further.


“Look out Caulfield Guineas.”

It was the first win for Ole Kirk since his triumph in the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington at his career debut in February.

In between he has placed in the Group 1 ATC Champagne Stakes, Group II VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes was fourth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and prepped for the Golden Rose with a fast-finishing third in the Listed Run to The Rose.  

It was the second win in the race for Tommy Berry whose first ever stakes win came with Epaulette in the Golden Rose in 2013.

Ole Kirk was a $675,000 purchase by International Thoroughbred Solutions from the Gilgai Farm draft at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale runs for a syndicate headed by Neil Werrett, in whose colours he runs, with his breeder Rick Jamieson of Gilgai Farm also retaining a share.

Ole Kirk was a $675,000 Inglis Premier Yearling

The son of Written Tycoon was the second-highest priced lot of the sale behind only his stablemate, the $800,000 Brazen Beau colt North Pacific.

Ole Kirk is the first foal of the unraced Bel Esprit mare Naturale who is a sister to the undefeated world champion Black Caviar and a half-sister to Vinery Stud’s 4-time Group 1 winner All Too Hard.

Naturale has a 2yo Not A Single Doubt filly named Gimmie Par but has missed in her last two seasons.

Ole Kirk’s Golden Rose triumph comes after Written Tycoon’s speedball Pippie captured the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonie Valley on Friday night.


Race Result - Golden Rose Gr1 1400m

Rosehill Track: Good(3) Time: 1:22.61
Ole Kirk
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 56.5
3c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Naturale (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $675,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: International Thoroughbred Solutions
North Pacific
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: J B Mc Donald 56.5
3c Brazen Beau (AUS) x Up In Lights (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $800,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
B: Orbis Bloodstock Pty Ltd
King's Legacy
T: P & P Snowden J: J Bowman 56.5
3c Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Breakfast In Bed (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $1,400,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: James Harron Bloodstock
T: R L Heathcote J: J Byrne 56.5
3g Rothesay (AUS) x Huss On Fire (NZ) (Hussonet (USA))
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: K Mc Evoy 56.5
3c So You Think (NZ) x Miss Otto (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Mill Park Stud Meningie SA
B: Gerald Ryan Racing/David Raphael
T: John Thompson J: N Rawiller 56.5
3c Wandjina (AUS) x Forbidden (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $180,000
V:Newgate Farm Scone NSW
B: John Thompson
T: C J Waller J: G Boss 56.5
3c Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Dezign (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Cressfield Scone NSW
B: Aquis Farms Pty Ltd
Global Quest
T: C J Waller J: B Avdulla 56.5
3c More Than Ready (USA) x Global Dream (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $340,000
V:Highgrove Stud Darling Downs Qld
B: Aquis Farms Pty Ltd
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 56.5
3c Criterion (NZ) x Exceleine (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Newgate Farm Scone NSW
B: Dynamic Syndications/Dean Watt Bstock (FBAA)
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