Descendant of Phar Lap crowned Cup winner
IT'S NOT everyday that a descendant of Phar Lap touches down in Warwick, and it's even rarer for that horse to enter Warwick's own hall of fame, but that's what happened today at 2019's Warwick Cup.
With wet weather knocking down more than a few front-runners, the race at the Rose City was bound to be a fierce one, and the horses didn't disappoint as Dalby horse Rosie Posie stole the Cup's main event, quickly followed in second and third place by Givus a Cuddle and Endless Days.
It seems Rosie Posie's genes were always bound to bring her luck today, with her mother also winning a cup in Warwick years ago, and a genealogy which linked back to an Australian icon, according to breeder Michael Kelly.
"Their ninth dam, their great, great, great, great grandmother is the dam of Phar Lap," Mr Kelly
"They trace directly to Phar Lap."
Mr Kelly, who had been breeding since 1994, said he was "ecstatic" about the win.
"We know a lot of people over here in Warwick and we've won a lot of races here and to win the Warwick Cup is very prestigious."
The seven-year-old mare had won three cups so Mr Kelly, and wife Valerie, were fairly confident about their chances, with the rain even appearing to be a hidden advantage.
"We thought she was a pretty good chance. She's a good mare and she always tries very hard and so she only needed a little bit of luck," Mr Kelly said.
"She like a wet track, it doesn't worry her one bit."
While Trainer Matt Kropp agreed that the win was all good luck, he also said Rosie Posie's ability to keep going helped seal the win today.
"She's a good little tryer," he said.
'She just tries and tries and tries."