Burnewang North blueblood broodmare Rose of Portland has signed off her stud career on a winning note with her final foal scoring on debut at Morphettville on Saturday.
Vikings Reward was the tenth living foal of Group 3 winner Rose of Portland (USA) who was one of the best-bred mares in the Australian Stud Book prior to being pensioned in August 2013.
Burnewang North principal Cathy Hains said despite being retired as a broodmare in 2013, “old Rosie is still treated as our number one girl!”
Three-year-old winner Viking’s Reward is from a long line of Kingston Park bred superstars, both on the track and in the breeding barn.
The family includes triple Group 1 winning and Group 1 producer Rose of Kingston (2nd dam) as well as Group 1 producing Kingston Rose (3rd dam). Of course this family also includes Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule.
Viking’s Reward (by Reward For Effort) powered home from the tail of the field to trounce his rivals by two lengths in the Mitty’s Maiden (1000m) on Saturday.
Burnewang North owner Cathy Hains bred and sold the Adelaide winner for $14,500 as a foal at the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock Sale.
He was pin-hooked by Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy and toured the sale-ring again last year when making $37,000 at the Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
“That was a fantastic effort first-up. He was very impressive and I’m delighted for the owners who have been very patient,” trainer John Hyam said.
“Our staff had him looking so good and it paid off. He has a big future ahead.”
Rose of Portland’s sire Seattle Slew won 1977 USA Triple Crown and was a Top 10 entry among the Greatest USA Racehorses of the 20th Century. Her dam Rose Of Kingston (Claude) was a homebred for Cathy’s father David Hains and was Australia’s Horse of the Year in the 1982.
Rose of Portland won to Group 3 level in the VRC Hardy Brothers Classic carrying the family’s famous yellow and red silks at Flemington and produced 7 winners from 8 to the races.
“Rosie is still here and is the nanny for our fillies after they’ve been weaned. We retained her Von Costa De Hero mare Rochie Rosie to keep a link with the family,” Burnewang North’s Tanya Edwards said on Monday.
Chatswood Stud champion Reward For Effort has sired 28 individual winners this season and heads all Australian third-season stallions in that category from Rothesay (25) and Star Witness (23).