Fastnet Rock's Bleu Roche Emerges the Strongest in Red Roses
Mark Smith - Thursday November 8

With just a win in a Sale maiden to her name, the lightly raced Fastnet Rock filly Bleu Roche added a few zeros to her value with a fighting win in the $200,000 Group III Red Roses Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on Oaks day.

In a blanket finish with half a length covering the first six across the line, Tim Clark guided the Matt Laurie-trained Bleu Roche to a short-head win over Causeway Girl (Shamus Award) with Meryl (Epaulette) a nose back in third. (photos Grant Courtney)

A close-up fourth in the Group III Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley at her most recent start, Bleu Roche advances her record to 2 wins and a second from four starts with earnings of $149,750.

"She was probably a touch closer than she had been racing and it probably took her finish away slightly," Clark said.

"She got to the front and in the last 50m she was running on empty.

"She is a nice filly building a good record and Matt's done a great job with her."

Laurie said he was expecting a big run after Bleu Roche's latest effort.

"Her run the other day at Moonee Valley was enormous," Laurie said.

"I was a bit worried she had spent everything ten days ago but she's backed that up with a really great performance.

"A Group winning filly at her fourth start in her first prep, we've got a lot to look forward to."

A $230,000 purchase by her trainer out of the Newgate Farm draft at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Bleu Roche is the third foal of Esprit De Bleu (USA) an American stakes-winning daughter of the Valid Appeal stallion Littleexpectations.

A half-sister to stakes winner Rockin The Blues (Rockport Harbor) Esprit De Bleu (USA) was covered by Headwater last season having not been covered in 2015.

Bred by Love Racing, Bleu Roche becomes the 142nd stakes-winner for Coolmore Stud's, Fastnet Rock.


Fastnet Rock has 3 lots on offer at NZB Karaka Book 1
Fastnet Rock has 1 lot on offer at Inglis Classic Yearling Sale
Fastnet Rock has 6 lots on offer at Inglis Premier Yearling Sale
World Horse Racing Roses Stks Gr3 1100m
Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:03.82
Bleu Roche
T: M M Laurie J: Tim Clark 55
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Esprit De Bleu (USA) (Littleexpectations (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $230,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: Matt Laurie Racing $230,000
Causeway Girl
T: C W McDonald J: D Oliver 55
3f Shamus Award (AUS) x Lady Katina (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone, NSW
B: McDonald Racing $150,000
T: L W Curtis J: J B McDonald 59
3f Epaulette (AUS) x Academy Idol (AUS) (Made Of Gold (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Riversdale Scone NSW
B: Randwick B'Stock P/L (FBAA)/Mystery Downs $150,000
T: R and C Jolly J: Jake Toeroek 55
3f Artie Schiller (USA) x Hussidora (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Book 2 $25,000
V:Riverina Downs Tarcutta NSW
B: Richard Jolly $25,000
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale General Session $7,000
V:Emirates Park, Murrurundi
B: M & J Cesnik $7,000
T: James Cummings J: D Dunn 55
3f Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Shelters (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
T: C J Waller J: K McEvoy 55
3f Choisir (AUS) x Milzeel (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $250,000
V:Riversdale, Scone
B: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Chris Waller Racing $250,000
T: L and T Corstens J: S Baster 55
3f All Too Hard (AUS) x Optical (NZ) (Swiss Ace (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Malua Bloodstock Pty Ltd $45,000
Al Naifa
T: Tony McEvoy J: L Currie 55
3f Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Court (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,800,000
V:Newhaven Park, Boorowa
B: T Stakemire $1,800,000
Humma Humma
T: John McArdle J: J Mott 55
3f Denman (AUS) x Humma Mumma (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Flinders Park Stud, Flinders
B: Redgum Racing Pty Ltd $80,000
T: James Cummings J: W Buick 55
3f Dawn Approach (IRE) x Belcentra (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Assertive Play
T: P Stokes J: M Zahra 55.5
3f Akeed Mofeed (GB) x Aussie Crawl (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Our Long Sali
T: Patrick Payne J: Craig Williams 55
3f Needs Further (AUS) x Tycoon Sali (AUS) (Last Tycoon (IRE))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $32,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Prime Thoroughbreds $32,000
The Closer
T: C Maher and D Eustace J: Ms L J Meech 55
3f Dundeel (NZ) x Miss Evasive (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock / W Ballantine $70,000
Just Remember This
T: J P Salanitri J: Dean Holland 55
3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Dreamalittledream (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Burnewang North Pastoral, Rochester
B: Salanitri Racing $40,000
T: Jason Warren J: Regan Bayliss 55
3f Per Incanto (USA) x Tinkermia (NZ) (Johar (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $67,500
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Jason Warren Racing / Cameron Cooke Bloodstock $67,500
T: M Ellerton and S Zahra J: Damian Lane 55
3f Smart Missile (AUS) x Elite Elle (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
Final Choice
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: L Nolen 55
3f Nicconi (AUS) x Divine Choice (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))