Leading Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller took advantage of Cavalry Rose’s early gate speed to let the filly lead all of the way in taking out the Group 3 $150,000 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield today.
Trainer Gerald Ryan, who made it an early winning double with his other smart filly Snitzerland winning the previous race, left the riding instructions up to Rawiller who was quick to sum up the situation.
“I capitalised on her early speed. To be honest I was in two minds, I wanted to come back and find a bit of cover and then the pace just seemed to come out of the race and I just let her roll forward,” Rawiller said.
“Just before straightening there I thought I better get going before they get to me and she was just too strong.”
Ryan was forced to freshen up Cavalry Rose after disappointing the stable when eighth in the Group 3 $125,000 Coolmore Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on August 25 and after a few days in the paddock, the Charge Forward filly was back to her best.
“The Triple Crown boys left it to me after she went awful in the Silver Shadow. I just said we had to back off her and try and find why she went so bad. I Think the filly helped herself, I done nothing with her for ten days, she bounced back and she’s just gone terrific since,” Ryan said.
“She worked enormous at Rosehill on Monday morning going this way of going and I was really confident going into the race.”
Runner up Mareeza made up a lot of ground at the finish under hard riding from Luke Nolen but was unable to claw in the leader.