Clarkefield’s Ruth Frenzel was delighted when the filly she bred, Magnesium Rose, claimed her first city win at Caulfield over 1100 metres on Sunday.
Ridden to victory by Craig Williams in a three-year-old benchmark 70 Handicap for rookie trainer Matt Lindsay, the chestnut 3YO daughter of Magnus was also his first city winner.
A real case of ‘sometimes things happen for a reason’, Magnesium Rose is a wonderful story of chance, fate and a bit of luck for Ruth Frenzel.
“I had marked Magnesium Rose’s dam’s page out in the Inglis March mixed sale catalogue,” Ruth said.
“I loved her pedigree being by Royal Academy, out of a great family, but unfortunately I was too sick to attend the sale as I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“She was knocked down for $500, and I thought, that was that, but when she popped up on Bloodstock.com.au, and it was my birthday, I bought her as a cheer up present for myself.
“She was in foal to Bon Hoffa, and except for a photo, I bought her sight unseen. It was a real gamble.”
“However, when she got off the truck, I thought, what have I done? I have made a big blue here! She had front legs only a mother would love, walked with her head on the side from possibly having a broken neck, and to top it all off, she had a real mean streak and would go for me in the paddock.”
The mare, nicknamed Petal (from her race name Light Rose, rather than her kind disposition), Ruth sent her to Romsey’s Supreme Thoroughbreds for foaling down.
“I remember calling Adrianne Grayling, and asking how’s Petal? To which she replied… She’s no *%$@* Petal! She may love you, but she doesn’t love me!”
Light Rose has since turned out to be a real bargain and has turned into a very sweet mare.
“You can’t get rid of her now, she waits for me at the gate. She is a great mum, she teaches her foals manners, and they are all lovely to handle.”
The resulting Bon Hoffa foal was surprisingly an absolute knockout. With an unusual gestation period of almost 12 months to the day, all of Light Rose’s foals have been well over (but beautifully cooked!).
“They come out straight, well developed and strong. For a small mare, I don’t know how she does it.”
The Bon Hoffa, named Helluva Hoffa was sold to Queensland and has turned into a brilliant campaigner with an exceptional race record. From only 15 starts, he has had four wins, three seconds and two thirds.
“I then sent Light Rose to Magnus, as I loved the cross, and she produced Magnesium Rose. She was a beautiful liver chestnut filly, drop dead gorgeous, so I nicknamed her Miranda, after beautiful Miranda from Hanging Rock.
“Miranda always fancied herself. Even Brent (Grayling) at Supreme said she had tickets on herself and called her a ‘glamour puss’.”
As a yearling Magnesium Rose didn’t make the Inglis Premier Sale catalogue being a little on the small side, so she was entered in the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale and was cleverly picked out by her trainer Matt Lindsay.
“Miranda has now made $125,250 in just four starts, including $37,900 in VOBIS bonuses which is wonderful for Matt and his family…and all her first-time owners,” Ruth said.
“As a breeder, if you don’t get the price through the ring that you were after, make sure you get them to a good trainer; then at least you get the VOBIS bonus! I will be looking forward to getting a cheque on behalf of my Miranda.”
Light Petal now has a Warrior’s Reward colt foal on the ground, which Ruth enthuses is a “super type”.
Matt Lindsay has already been up to Ruth’s Clarkefield farm and looked at the foal.
“I have told Matt I will definitely send him some horses, as he is doing a wonderful job with Miranda. I think this young guy can really train, and he has learnt from one of the best,” Ruth said.
“Light Rose was a birthday present to myself, I needed her, and she needed me to look after her, and now she is paying me back in spades.”