Barb Raider Digs Deep In The Roses

Mark Smith - Saturday May 28

Courageous filly Barb Raider needed to dig deep to add Saturday’s  Group II ANZ Bloodstock News The Roses at Eagle Farm to a seasonal tally that includes the VRC A V Kewney Stakes and Group III The Vanity.

Barb Raider turns back the challengers (image Grant Courtney)

With regular rider Craig Williams in the saddle, the Jerome Hunter-trained daughter of Rebel Raider enjoyed the run of the race from an inside barrier. She needed to repel a series of challengers in the straight before holding the Not A Single Doubt filly Belle Savoir by a short-neck.

The Preferment filly Smirk was the same distance back in third.

Barb Raider was making her first start since finishing second to the Deep Impact filly Glint Of Hope (JPN) in the Group 1 SAJC Schweppes Australasian Oaks at Morphettville on April 30.

Hunter plans to start the daughter of VRC Victoria Derby and SAJC South Australian Derby winner Rebel Raider in next week’s Group 1 BTC Queensland Oaks.


uo;It was a 10 out of 10 ride, it really was. Magnificent,” Hunter said.

“She’s had a month between runs as well, so I think she’ll be even better heading towards the Oaks.

“Having to back up next week is not ideal but we’re all in the same boat. We had bad weather last week, which could have been a blessing in disguise for us I think because we tried her on a heavy track in Sydney and it didn’t work out.”

“We will make sure we get her home and rest her up, but the way she pulls up, she recovers (so well), she’s just a racehorse. She’ll go home and straight away look for her feed.”

A homebred for Graebar Park's Graeme Gathercole, Barb Raider advances her record to five wins, three seconds and two thirds with earnings of $773,175

She is the first foal of the winning Host (ARG) mare Graebarb, who hails from the family of the wonderful producer's Halo Again and her daughter She's Discreet.

Barb Raider what a season she is enjoying (image Grant Courtney)

Graebarb has a 2yo colt named Graewazi, one of four foals left by the obscure Our Wazi an unraced half-brother by Choisir to the Listed winner Belwazi.

Graebarb foaled a Squamosa filly last spring before being covered by Prized Icon.


Race Result - Anz Bloodstock News The Roses Gr2 2100m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 2:11.40
Barb Raider
T: Jerome Hunter J: Craig Williams 56.5
3f Rebel Raider (AUS) x Graebarb (AUS) (Host (CHI))
Belle Savoir
T: Nick Ryan J: Ryan Maloney 56.5
3f Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Rathsallagh (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 56.5
3f Preferment (NZ) x Keep Smiling (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $160,000
V:Wentwood Grange
B: Mr CJ Waller / Mulcaster Bloodstock
Gin Martini
T: J G Sargent J: R Dolan 56.5
3f Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Tanqueray (NZ) (Red Ransom (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $40,000
V:Landsdowne Park Ltd
B: Tricolours Racing & Syndications
Le Villi
T: K A Lees J: J Bowman 56.5
3f Puccini (NZ) x Mapperley Magic (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
NZB Karaka May Sale $10,000
V:Mapperley Stud Ltd
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (BAFNZ)
Biscayne Bay
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jamie Kah 56.5
3f Sebring (AUS) x Fratianne (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
MM National Broodmare Sale $0
V:Ciaron Maher Racing, Melbourne, Vic (As Agent)
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $410,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Sun Bloodstock
Festival Dancer
T: Matthew Smith J: Ben Thompson 56.5
3f Choisir (AUS) x Festival Princess (IRE) (Barathea (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $33,000
V:Toolooganvale Farm, Scone
B: Matthew Smith Racing
T: James Cummings J: James Orman 56.5
3f Animal Kingdom (USA) x Hold To Ransom (USA) (Red Ransom (USA))
Nom De Plume
T: R J Patterson J: C J Grylls 56.5
3f El Roca (AUS) x Lago De Plume (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Chilko Lake
T: R S Englebrecht J: L V Cassidy 56.5
3f Vancouver (AUS) x Magistra (NZ) (Swiss Ace (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Turangga Farm, Scone
B: S Englebrecht
Du Maurier
T: Ms H Page J: Kyle Wilson-Taylor 56.5
3f Sebring (AUS) x Helford River (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Canning Downs Stud, Darling Downs, Qld
B: Mystery Downs/John Foote Bloodstock
Velvet Lady
T: K A Lees J: A Mallyon 56.5
3f Tarzino (NZ) x Hot Pants (NZ) (Keeper (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $40,000
V:Noorilim Park, Arcadia
B: J Ramsey / Matt Scown Bloodstock
Royal Ballet
T: K A Lees J: Tim Clark 56.5
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Ballet Suite (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Chandon Burj
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: N Rawiller 56.5
3f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Chandana (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $60,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, NSW
B: First Light Racing / Busuttin Racing / Paul Willetts Bloodstock
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