Rosemont Stud’s homebred Starspangledbanner filly Brooklyn Hustle looked a star in the making when scoring a dazzling last to first debut win at the Victorian Breeders Race Day at the Valley. A win good enough to indicate that the Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes would be her future target.
The Jason Warren-trained flashy chestnut filly, just like her famous sire and his sire Choisir, Brooklyn Hustle was a standout in the mounting yard.
Having missed the start, after the field experienced a delay in the barriers, Beau Mertens was forced to ride her patiently to settle last in the early stages of the 1000 metre sprint.
Not many juveniles can overcome that sort of disadvantage, but Brooklyn Hustle once she found clear ground in the straight, was able to lengthen stride and demolished her rivals going away by two lengths on the line in an eye-catching display. ”The best word to describe that was ‘wow!” said jockey Beau Mertens. She may have missed the start, but when she got clear running, she really let down and proved what she could do.
“ Jason Warren said the daughter of Starspangledbanner was the best two-year-old he had trained and now has Group 1 plans for Brooklyn Hustle after recording a time of 58.79 seconds, running her last 200m in 10.96 seconds.
“I haven’t had heaps of two-year-old’s, so I can’t benchmark her against anything I’ve had but I can from when I was with Lee Freedman,” Warren said. “I’m not going to say she’s an Alinghi but she’s a lot better than anything I’ve had.”
“She’s always shown us more than an above average two-year-old,” Warren said, “Even more impressive was that she wasn’t wound up today, as it was only a very soft trial at Cranbourne on Monday. She has a hell of a lot of upside and she’s got enough prize money to get into the Blue Diamond.”
Warren was also thankful to Rosemont Stud for giving him the opportunity to train the exciting juvenile tweeting:
“The biggest week for the stable in many years. Four winners capped by the exceptional talent that is Brooklyn Hustle. To the team at Rosemont Stud not enough words to express our thanks and gratitude for sending us the horse. Blue Diamond dreaming.”
“The team down at Rosemont does a terrific job. She’ll just go out into the paddock each day and then tick along on the water walker,” Warren said.
Rosemont Stud’s operations manager Gerard Jones was looking forward to welcoming the filly back to their spelling farm at Ceres for about 10 days, before heading off to their pre-trainer Mark Young at Lara.
“We are thrilled for Warren and he has been a great supporter of the farm over the years. We always have one in training with him and he has always bought one from us. We support the people that support us.”
Bred and retained to race by Rosemont Stud, Brooklyn Hustle is a half-sister to the dam of Italian stakes-winner Gold Tail and is the second winner for imported US stakes-winning mare, Joint Aspiration (GB). A daughter of the hugely successful Nureyev line sire, Pivotal from the family of Group 1 winning sprinter, Red Clubs (Red Ransom).
Rosemont Stud stood Starspangledbanner earlier in his career, while Joint Aspiration, who is now in residing in New Zealand, has produced a Nostradamus filly yearling. She is currently in foal to Tarzino but will be heading back over the ditch to hopefully reproduce the perfect mix of chestnut power.
“It is likely that she will now come back to Victoria to foal down her Tarzino on the farm. After Brooklyn Hustle’s performance it is very possible, she has already got a date booked to go back to Banner now, as we know that cross certainly works.,” Jones said.
And Rosemont’s success at the races is not slowing down with five winners in the last 10 days including Jason Warren’s Brooklyn Hustle at the Valley and Miss Toorak Flyer at Cranbourne, Sandown winner Mr Quickie for Weiry and Wylie Dalziel, Reflect The Stars at Seymour for Danny O’Brien, and Immaculate Secret on debut at Terang for Malua Racing.
“We are hoping there are a couple more winners this week with our Melbourne Cup galloper, Runaway, set for the Pakenham Cup and Iconoclasm in West hoping for Group 1 glory in the Kingston Town,” Jones said.
“It’s exciting when our homebred’s win on the track and both runners this weekend are going very well. We are very happy with them.”
It’s a busy time for the Rosemont Stud getting their large draft of 26 yearlings ready for the Magic Millions, but I’m sure the team will stop and cheer for their boys on Saturday.