Burnewang North said farewell to a dear old friend, when the farm matriarch Rose of Portland was laid to rest recently.

From one of Australia’s best black type families the daughter of Seattle Slew was out of a multiple Group 1 winner and was the half-sister to a Melbourne Cup winner.

At 25 years young she was a wonderful producer and enjoyed her final years of retirement happily grazing on the lush green pastures of the Rochester stud.

“She was the queen of the place right up until the very end,” Burnewang North’s Tanya Edwards said.

“She still liked to kick up her heels and enjoyed a buck and a wiggle in the fields. She would still tow us around the place, like she was going off to the track

“Being well loved by all on the farm, it was a very sad day. She was a wonderful nanny in her final years to all the fillies…hopefully she has passed on her wisdom to them all.”

‘VALE Rosie. It is with much sadness that we lay to rest our beautiful matriarch Rose of Portland (aged 25) but do so knowing she has lived a wonderful life. Go well Rosie Girl’ – Cathy Hains

“The response to the tweet was amazing, Even her track riders that rode her as a two-year-old made comments,” Edwards said.

“(Segenhoe’s) Peter O’Brien made a lovely comment also…she had made him some serious money that had got him home to Ireland a couple of times in the 90’s. It was just gorgeous, to see how much she meant to so many people

Group 3 winning Rose of Portland (USA) is a direct descendant from Cathy’s father’s breeding empire established at the famed Kingston Park in Merricks. David Hains bred and raced more than 35 individual Group 1 winners.

Her final foal, Vikings Reward (Reward For Effort) was the tenth living foal for the Group 3 winning dam and won at Morphettville in December last year. All up, she produced eight horses to race for seven winners.

Rose of Portland (USA) was one of the best-bred mares in the Australian Stud Book coming from a long line of Kingston Park bred superstars, both on the track and in the breeding barn.

The family includes her dam, Rose of Kingston (Claude), a triple Group 1 winner of the VRC Oaks, AJC Derby and Champagne Stakes and later a Group 1 producing mare, through the deeds of Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule.  By Secretariat, Kingston Rule later sired Kensington Palace, the VRC Wakeful Stakes (G2) and Oaks winner.

Her second dam was the dual Group 1 producing Kingston Rose who was also the dam of triple Group 1 winner Spirit of Kingston (Bletchingly).

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.

“We retained her Von Costa De Hero mare Rochie Rosie to keep a link with the family,” Edwards said.

“Rochie Rosie was owned by a group of locals hence the Rochester reference. She was actually the first winner for the syndicate, and you would have thought she had won the Melbourne Cup with the excitement from the owners.

“Rochie Rosie has a very special Toronado filly foal at foot, who, like all the Toronados, has a little bit of class about her, with very pretty markings.

“She has some big shoes to fill, but we will give her every opportunity.”

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