2015 Golden Rose Option for Blueberry Hill

Promising Group 1 performed filly Blueberry Hill could be Golden Rose 2015 bound in Sydney this coming Spring Carnival according to her in-form Brisbane based trainer Liam Birchley.

Blueberry Hill

Brisbane-based filly Blueberry Hill could race in Sydney’s 2015 Golden Rose this coming spring. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Birchley is enjoying a hot streak having prepared six winners from 10 runners in less than seven days starting with the Listed Ramornie Handicap win at Grafton last Wednesday with Royal Rocket.

Now he’s turning his attention to the upcoming spring features for stable’s top two-year-olds including his daughter of Myboycharlie, Blueberry Hill.

A winner of three of her six career starts to date her best win so far was at home at Doomben in early May when beating home Wicked Intent as a 15/1 shot in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m).

She backed up from her first Black Type success when crossing a narrow second to Look To The Stars in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m).

Birchley then tested the classy filly in elite level company to round out her winter season but she could only manage to cross just over four lengths away sixth behind Press Statement when finishing mid-field in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in her first attempt at the mile on June 6.

Her trainer is now weighing up new season options with an eye on another Group 1 run possibly in Sydney’s $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Racecourse on September 12.

If Birchley goes the Golden Rose option with Blueberry Hill, who is back in the stable and looking good after her brief break, and she makes the field in the set weights classic she will be the first runner in the race for her trainer.

“I still haven’t decided exactly which way to go with her,” he told AAP.

“One option is the Golden Rose. It is at 1400 metres which should suit her as an early season three-year-old.”

Blueberry Hill, who is yet to race outside of Queensland, could also be taken to Melbourne for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) against her own kind at Caulfield Racecourse on October 10.

“I am not convinced she is a 1600 metre horse at this stage of her career,” Birchley said.

“I will see how she comes along first.”

Another recent return to the stable is young Hardline, a two-year-old son of Showcasing who has had three runs for two wins to date.

A $130,000 buy from the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale last year, the gelding was debuted with a Doomben win over 1100m last December before a summer Sydney and then a trip to Ellerslie in NZ where he won the Listed Karaka Million Plate (1200m) on January 25.

Like Blueberry Hill, Birchley is looking at good Group races down south this spring for Hardline but is still to confirm exact plans.

“He came back into the stable on Monday and we will have to assess the options with him,” he said.

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