Rose makes it seven straight

Jul 12, 2015

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Rose Of Innocence recorded her seventh win in a row in the $40,000 Tasmanian St Leger in Launceston on Sunday to equal the longest winning sequence of any horse trained by the Brunton family. Aprilia, prepared by David Brunton, won seven straight over two preparations in 2006. Scott Brunton prepares Rose of Innocence for Sorell owner Frank Morgan and the six-year-old mare is unbeaten since joining the stable late last year.

“She’s a ripper and I’ve liked her from day one,” Brunton said. “Even when I trialled her for the first time and she ran last over 900m, I was impressed with the way she finished it off. When I trialled her again over 1400m and she won easily, I knew I had a good horse.”

Given that trial form, Brunton was amazed when Rose Of Innocence started at $31 at her debut for the stable at Mowbray in late January. She won by almost five lengths. Rose Of Innocence, who has been ridden by David Pires at her past six wins, will now have a well-earned rest.

“I’m just hoping she comes back after a spell as good as she is now,” Brunton said. “If she does, I reckon she’ll be a certainty in the Devonport Cup.”

Pires was content to bide his time on Rose Of Innocence on Sunday while some of his rivals were working up front, and she raced away in the straight to score by almost two lengths. Settler’s Joy ran on well for second with top weight Payteevee tiring in the last 100m to finish third.