BreederOrpendale, Chelston & Wynatt
DamHalfway To Heaven (IRE)
After stamping herself as one of Europe’s best fillies, Irish-bred Rhododendron is scheduled to make her American debut in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She earned her chance by taking the “Win and You’re In” Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly in France Oct. 1 and her prize included expenses and entries fees to the Breeders’ Cup.
Rhododendron’s victory came at the expense of her Irish-born stable mate Hydrangea after a stretch duel that concluded with Rhododendron winning by a head. Both fillies are trained by Aidan O’Brien and owned by Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.
A top class runner from an early age, Rhododendron began her career with a second at the Curragh in her native country before earning her first victory one start later on July 28, 2016 at England’s Goodwood. At the Curragh she became a Group 2 winner in her third start and concluded her five-race season with a triumph against Group 1 competition in the Dubai Fillies Market at Newmarket in England.
She continued blooming as a star in 2017 while racing exclusively in Group 1 competition. In England, she was runner-up in the One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket and the Oaks at Epsom prior to her victory in Prix de l’Opera.
The plain bay filly may not be flashy in appearance, but she has pedigree of racing royalty. Her father is Galileo, who won the Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2001 and is now one of the world's leading stallions. Her mother, Halfway to Heaven, was one of the best European fillies of her generation, winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Nassau Stakes and Sun Chariot Stakes in 2008.
|No Replay Available||November 04, 2017||Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf||DEL MAR||1|
|No Replay Available||October 01, 2017||Prix de l'Opera Longines||CHANTILLY||1|
|No Replay Available||September 09, 2017||Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S.||LEOPARDSTOWN||1|
|No Replay Available||June 18, 2017||Prix de Diane Longines||CHANTILLY||1|
|No Replay Available||June 02, 2017||Investec Oaks||EPSOM||1|
|No Replay Available||May 07, 2017||QIPCO One Thousand Guineas||NEWMARKET||1|
|No Replay Available||October 07, 2016||Dubai Fillies Mile||NEWMARKET||1|
|No Replay Available||September 11, 2016||Moyglare Stud S.||CURRAGH||1|
|No Replay Available||August 21, 2016||Breast Cancer Research Debutante S.||CURRAGH||2|
|No Replay Available||July 28, 2016||Dove 100 Colours Ebf British Stallion Studs Maiden Fillies Stakes (Class 2) (Plus 10 Race)||GOODWOOD|
|No Replay Available||June 24, 2016||Peter Keatley Curragh Equine Groundcare E.B.F. Maiden||CURRAGH|