Stakes Breakthrough for 7yo Rose Quartz

Mark Smith - Saturday November 18

The 7-year-old Written Tycoon mare Rose Quartz ended a big day for Yulong stallions and an even better one for Michael Dee and Grahame Begg when she scored a belated stakes win in Saturday’s Group III Neds How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Rose Quartz toughs it out (image Grant Courtney)

Placed in six of her nine starts since winning at Flemington in February, Rose Quartz was shortening stride in the final furlong.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, has enjoyed a memorable carnival, but his royally-bred Deep Impact filly Ghaanati was finishing quickly but fell a neck short.

The favourite She Dances (Street Boss) was the same distance back in third.

Rose Quartz advances her record to to five wins, five seconds, and two thirds from 18 starts, with earnings of $525,090.

Another stakes-winner on the day off the hallowed grounds of Mill Park, Rose Quartz, was a $300,000 purchase for Grahame Begg Rcg/Rohan J Hughes Thoroughbred Services at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Great way to end the day (image Grant Courtney)

She is a half-sister to Group II Tobin Bronze Stakes and dual Group III winner Seradess (Astern), who was a recent $700,000 digital purchase for Yulong.

They are two of the three winners from four to race for the stakes-placed Hidden Dragon mare Obsidian Dragon, a half-sister to Listed winner Danedina (Danehill Dancer).

Henry Dwyer Racing shelled out $100,000 for a Magna Grecia filly out of Obsidian Dragon consigned by Mill Park Stud to the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

After missing in 2021 Obsidian Dragon foaled a Pinatubo (IRE) colt on October 24.

Rose Quartz is the 56th stakes-winner for Yulong Stud’s Written Tycoon. 


Race Result - Neds How Now Stakes Gr3 1200m

Caulfield Track: Good(3) Time: 1:09.28
Rose Quartz
- 6m Written Tycoon (AUS) x Obsidian Dragon (AUS) (Hidden Dragon (AUS))
Tnr: G M Begg Rdr: M J Dee 55
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
Seller: Mill Park Stud Meningie SA
Buyer: Grahame Begg Rcg/Rohan J Hughes Tbred Services
- 4m Deep Impact (JPN) x Al Anood (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Tnr: P & P Snowden Rdr: K Mc Evoy 55
She Dances
- 4m Street Boss (USA) x Charleston Dancer (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: Ms L J Meech 57
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale $180,000
Seller: Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
Buyer: John Foote Bloodstock
Unusual Culture
- 5m Unusual Suspect (USA) x Cultured Pearl (NZ) (Darci Brahma (NZ))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: B Shinn 55
Queen Of The Ball
- 4m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Miss Debutante (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Freedman Rdr: D Oliver 57
Holly Lolly
- 4m Snitzel (AUS) x Zaina Rizeena (GB) (Shamardal (USA))
Tnr: C W McDonald Rdr: B Mc Dougall 55
Fortunate Kiss
- 5m Divine Prophet (AUS) x Kiss Me Goodbye (AUS) (Savabeel (AUS))
Tnr: Daniel Bowman Rdr: D Moor 55
Lady Di Di
- 4m Written Tycoon (AUS) x Lady Hepburn (NZ) (More Than Ready (USA))
Tnr: C I Brown Rdr: Beau Mertens 55
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