Triple Gr.3 winner Rose of Kildare has been purchased privately as a broodmare prospect by Qatar Racing and will be leased back to Kingsley Park 14 for the rest of the season.
Three-year-old Rose of Kildare has won six of her 16 starts for Mark Johnston and proved better than ever stepped up to a mile and a quarter when winning the rearranged Gr.3 Musidora Stakes at York five weeks ago.
In a full two-year-old campaign she’d shown great tenacity to win Gr.3s on her final outings, namely the Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr and, under a penalty, the Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.
She also ran in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas on her return and was then third in the Gr.2 German 1,000 Guineas. She holds an entry in the Gr.1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York next Wednesday.
Qatar Racing’s racing manager David Redvers said: “We are delighted to secure Rose of Kildare for Sheikh Fahad’s broodmare band and she will come back to Tweenhills at the end of her racing days.
“She’s a remarkably tough filly and I was just as impressed with her physically when I saw her recently at Kingsley Park. Congratulations should go to Charlie Johnston for finding her as a yearling in Ireland for just €3,000 as to me eye, she's a beauty."
Rose of Kildare is by exciting young sire Make Believe – also sire of this year’s Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Mishriff – out of tough 3yo Listed winner Cruck Realta. Cruck Realta has a 2yo Kingman colt called Western Alliance in training with Clive Cox.
Make Believe is a son of Makfi, the 2,000 Guineas winner who was purchased as a stallion by Qatar Racing and stood his first four years at Tweenhills.