Easy Rosie does it easy to win Queanbeyan’s Defence Force Cup

Apprentice jockey Emma Ly led all the way on the Anthony Warren-trained Easy Rosie in the Defence Force Cup at Queanbeyan on Sunday. Photo: Lance Fearne.

The Anthony Warren-trained Easy Rosie has kept up her recent form, winning Sunday’s Defence Force Cup (1460m) at Queanbeyan

Four-kilogram claiming apprentice Emma Ly was in the saddle for the biggest win of her burgeoning career, with the pair going forward from gate one and leading all the way.

Ly gave the four-year-old a lovely ride in front, and the $2 favourite secured a 1.14 length win from the Fabian Azzopardi-trained Look Only (Ruby Haylock, $5), while six lengths away in third was the Keith Dryden-trained Wichita Warrior (Heavelon Van Der Hoven, $19).

Easy Rosie has been racing in stellar form this preparation, finishing fourth in the South East Country Championships qualifier at Moruya and the Southern Wild Card Country Championships qualifier at Goulburn in March.

After a run at Newcastle over 1600m, she returned to seven furlongs and won the 1400m Benchmark 70 TAB Federal at Canberra late last month before Sunday’s feature race win at Queanbeyan. 

The Goulburn mare is tenacious, and Warren doesn’t envision spelling her any time soon, indicating she is only getting better the further into her preparation. 

“It’s a play-it-by-ear job, but she seems to be getting better,” Warren said. 

“The Federal she won (at Canberra) before her win in the Defence Force Cup; it was super tough, and she can win those races hanging on, and she just won’t lay down.

“Then at Queanbeyan, there were some handy horses in that race, and she won by a length and a quarter and doing it easy.

“She won’t be going for a spell just yet, and like the adage, a filly in form, keep them going.”

Warren admitted to going through some ‘trials and errors’, but after 19 starts, Easy Rosie has put together an outstanding record of 19 starts for six wins and six minor placings, earning connections just shy of $150,000 in prize money. 

“I always thought we would see the best of her as a four-year-old,” Warren said. 

“With the (Country) Championships, she did well, but she could have done without the blinkers, but it was one of those trial and error things. 

“To date, we have placed her as carefully as possible to keep her career and winning form as good as it has been, but she’ll go to a Benchmark 82 after that last run.”

As far as her next target, the in-form mare is more or less an Open Handicap proposition in the country, meaning Warren will be forced to target county features or head to town. 

“It’s been inevitable that she will have to go to town; there is a midweek meeting at Warwick Farm in two weeks that we are looking at,” Warren said.

“By the same token, Emma Ly did a good job on her for a green apprentice, and there is the possibility we take her to Wagga in a couple of weeks where she (Ly) would take the claim off, but we’ll see how she goes.

“Either way, we were waiting for the winter months before going to town; it doesn’t matter if it’s heavy or not, she goes all surfaces, but we want to place her correctly to give every chance of black type win in town.”

When asked about Easy Rosie and how she was around the stable, Warren couldn’t find a negative, hinting that she was an easy-going horse that was a pleasure to train. 

“She’s a really kind sort of mare,” Warren said. 

“She does everything you ask her to do, but in saying that, she is a really fresh sort of mare; she runs fresh all the time, and in that respect, it’s good, and if she is not fresh, it’s an indication something is not quite right with her.

“Generally, after a gallop, she will leap about, squeal, and after she gets that out of her system, she will wander back like any other horse; she’s very professional.”

Bred and owned by Greg and Barb Ingham’s GPI Racing team, the Super Easy mare out of Mezzaluna (x Deep Field) is well-bred, and it appears Warren will have some fun with her siblings. 

“I’ve got her two half-siblings, a colt and a gelding by Showtime and Scissor Kick if you would believe it,” Warren said. 

“It must be something in the dam line, too, that freshness, as all three are the same.”

Warren and connections will be hoping the two siblings live up to the lofty expectations set by Easy Rosie, who looks destined for bigger races during her four-year-old season and heading into next season.  

“She’s easy to train, and she is so clean-winded that she doesn’t need much work, and you can keep that freshness,” Warren said.

“She doesn’t lose a lot of fitness, and we don’t need to keep pumping the work into her, so we should get another three or four runs out of her this prep.

“She’s definitely improving, and at some point, I’d like to have a crack at the Little Dance with her. 

“She hasn’t fired over the mile yet, but I think she’s got it in her.”

At Queanbeyan on Sunday, the program capped off what has been a big season of racing for the South East race club.

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