MONTEROSSO’S WIN IN THE DUBAI WORLD CUP A WIN FOR HIGHGROVE STUD

PORTO Roca, a mare bred in partnership by Queenslanders Ron Gilbert and Peter Moran, entered an elite place in inter-national racing yesterday when her son Monterosso romped home in the Dubai World Cup.

Former Aussie champ So You Think was sent out a hot favourite in the Cup and battled on solidly for a fourth, but couldn’t accelerate with the winner.

Monterosso was bred and is raced by Sheikh Mohammed, who purchased Porto Roca under his Darley banner at the end of her racing days.

Gilbert and Moran sold Porto Roca to Danny O’Brien for $70,000 as a yearling and the Barathea mare became the trainer’s first Group 1 winner when she won the Coolmore Classic.

How exciting to think we played a part in producing a World Cup Winner,” Gilbert said yesterday. “Danny O’Brien rang me this morning and we both marvelled at what an achievement it was. It doesn’t get much better than the Dubai World Cup.”


Mickael Barzalona celebrates after Monterosso’s runaway victory in the Dubai World Cup.

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