Barry McRostie enjoyed a rare dose of Melbourne sunshine the morning after his mare Miss Rose De Lago took out the G2 P B Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield.
McRostie, who races Miss Rose De Lago with wife Jan, son Greg and daughter-in-law Deanne, said they had made the trip across from Perth confident of a win and, consequently, weren’t rushing to get on the plane to go home.
“Yes, she sure did us proud,” an elated McRostie said after the mare’s win fifth at stakes level which took her earnings to $882,640. Not a bad return on McRostie’s initial investment of $210,000 at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Formerly an engineer in Perth, but since retired, McRostie has raced horses for around 30 years. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have quite a few winners, although Miss Rose De Lago is probably the best. I asked Simon Miller, who trains our horses in Perth, to pick out three colts and three fillies at the 2012 Magic Millions.
“Simon liked an Encosta de Lago filly from the Coolmore draft and, when I saw her, I liked her a lot too, but I got a vet done and there was a floating bone in the back hock.
“I wasn’t exactly over enthused about that but was assured it wouldn’t trouble her,” McRostie told Aushorse. “Anyway, I bought her and she was shaping up nicely to race at two, but then she had to have the chip removed and didn’t start until she was three.”
Miss Rose De Lago soon justified the McRostie / Miller faith though, winning at Belmont at her second start, then stakes races in the Burgess Queen and Champion Fillies at her fourth and fifth outings. She was also Group placed at her first start in Melbourne.
Switching to Danny O’Brien’s stables at the start of last year, Miss Rose De Lago continued to compile an impressive resume courtesy of victories in the G3 Ladies Day Vase at Caulfield and G2 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Saturday’s win was Miss Rose De Lago’s first run in four months. “There are quite a few options in the spring – she’s likely to start in the (G2) Dato Tan Chin Nam and the (G1) Myer Classic on Derby Day is also an option but I’m not sure she goes that well at Flemington.
“I did give some thought to retiring her to stud, but Danny talked me out of it. He said she’s as sound as a bell and there aren’t many that come along as good as her.”
McRostie has around 14 horses in work, with three broodmares and Beaugondo who stands at Nui Mara Farm in Boyanup. A son of High Rolling, he is the sire of Gondo Rose – the sole foal from his second crop – who won 3 at the provincials during a summer prep earlier this year.