Rosie s final fling could include Coolmore
Rosie's final fling could include Coolmore

Classy mare Rosie Rocket will be brought out of retirement for a final preparation which could include the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic at Rosehill in March.

Owner-breeder Allan Young has decided to give Rosie Rocket a shot at the $100,000 Bunbury Stakes (1400m) on March 10 before a trip to Sydney.

Young said the $600,000 Coolmore Stud Classic (1500m) for fillies and mares on March 23 was an option for Rosie Rocket if she bounced back to her best form.

The six-year-old will be sold at the Inglis Australian Easter broodmare sale in Sydney in April. Rosie Rocket was retired after running fourth to Mabel Grace in the La Trice Classic (1800m) at Ascot on New Year's Day.

The daughter of Blackfriars helped launch Justin Warwick's training career with nine wins from 33 starts, including victories in the Starstruck Classic (1600m) and La Trice Classic in 2011.

Her broodmare value skyrocketed when she ran third behind Mr Moet in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in November.

Young said he would not hesitate to pull the pin on Rosie Rocket's comeback to racing if she didn't show her best form.

"It was probably a bit premature retiring her," Young said.

"She's looking so well in the paddock so she will come back for a short preparation starting with the Bunbury Stakes.

"If she goes well, we'll aim high and look at the Coolmore Classic. But if she doesn't trial well, she won't race.

"I'm definitely taking her to Sydney to sell her. The Coolmore fits in quite well with the timing of the broodmare sale and there is also the Queen Of The Turf two weeks later.

"She's Group 1 placed and really she should have won the Railway Stakes.

"She was off the track for the entire race."

The Group 1 $400,000 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) is run at Rosehill on April 6.

·Apprentice Ellie Cockram will face a stewards' inquiry tomorrow into an incident near the 200m of race seven at Ascot on Saturday.

In the incident, Distinctive Dane was tightened and bumped when Cockram took her mount, Real Glow, outwards from behind the heels of Foxy Commander.

The inquiry was adjourned to allow Cockram to be represented by her host trainer, Donna Riordan.

Real Glow ran a close-up second to Kim Classic in the race.

The West Australian

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