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Rose Pattern chases Belle Of The Turf

By Adrian Dunn TVN Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 2:32 PM

 DAVID Hayes will take aim at the Listed Belle Of The Turf Stakes at Gosford with Rose  Pattern, winner of today’s Riverside Handicap at Flemington. 

Hayes said Rose Pattern, now a winner of her past three starts at Rosehill, Caulfield and Flemington, deserved a shot at a black type race. 

He noted that Rose Pattern, which led throughout in her latest win, would be able to step up to the 1600 metres if ridden with cover. 

The $100,000 Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600 m) is run at Gosford on Thursday, January 10. 

“I think she is a bit better with cover, but Chad (Schofield) made an executive decision and it paid off,” Hayes said.

“He (Schofield) makes mature decisions for a young person. He’s exceptional.”

Rose Pattern, a drifter from $6 to $8, fought on strongly to defy an army of challengers to win by the narrowest margin from Motto’s Gem, $15, with another short half head to Street Diamond, $21, third. 

Classic Elle, backed from $4.80 to $4 favourite, charged late to be a half head away fourth. 

Schofield was able to control the race in front to a nicety as he slowed the tempo early and then asked Rose Pattern to dash home her final 600 metres, which she did in 33.42 seconds. 

The 19-year-old said Rose Pattern was showed plenty of fight when it mattered most. 

“She had a nice time in front, but with a big weight (57.5 kg) she did a good job,” Schofield said. 

“She is getting better all the time, she’s definitely up to that grade.”



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