Blueblood gets Butler on the board for Meaghers

Jan 23, 2013

A well-related mare has provided apprentice Ash Butler with his first win for his new bosses when the 20-year-old steered Rose Of Kentucky to victory in the Glenlogan Park Stud Maiden Handicap (1200m) at Doomben.

Butler joined the stable a week ago, looking to receive the tutelage from the Meagher stable that moulded the likes of Brett Prebble and Steven King into world-class riders.

"Everyone knows how good John Meagher is with apprentices so it's a big step up for me but one that I'm enjoying," Butler said.

Meagher Racing rewarded the young jockey with the ride on the half-sister to super three-year-old Samantha Miss in Wednesday’s $17,000 event. Butler repaid the support with a terrific ride on the four-year-old.

Butler let Rose Of Kentucky find her feet back in the field while the leaders set a fair pace up front. The youngster waited until Rose of Kentucky was balanced in the straight before asking her for her finishing effort with 250 metres to run.

Rose Of Kentucky had three lengths to make up at the 100 metres but charged home over the top of the runner-up Inside Page to eventually score by three-quarters of a length to give Meagher Racing its second city success since opening its new Queensland base.

John Meagher said dropping back in distance was not ideal for Rose Of Kentucky but her progress since joining the stable inspired confidence in her prospects.

"I'm confident she'll get a mile-and-a-quarter (2000m) without too much trouble and she's quite a useful mare," he said.

"If you look at her form you'd wonder how on earth she could win but she's a nice mare and we've got her going well."

Rose Of Kentucky has the pedigree to prove Meagher right. She is out of a sister to the Adelaide Cup winner Cronus as well as the New Zealand Group 2 winner Pravda.

Rose of Kentucky is bred on the same Anabaa / Sir Tristram line cross as AJC Derby winner Headturner and Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva as well as Group 1 winner Teranaba.

Congratulations to Rose Of Kentucky’s owners - K A Turner, G W Henderson, Mrs S C Carnes & K A Turner.

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