Rothfire can write one other fairy story chapter within the Winterbottom Stakes

Louise Yates as soon as made Australian tv historical past – and earned a Logie Award nomination – however believes the unimaginable Rothfire may star in her personal cleaning soap opera.

Yates, the Brisbane-based co-owner of Rothfire, is wheelchair-bound after she severed her backbone in a automobile accident on the age of 15, however that by no means stopped her.


Then often called Louise Philip, she turned the primary particular person with a incapacity to play a disabled particular person on Australian tv as Claire O’Reilly in Cop Store from 1979 to 1984.

It gained her acclaim and a Logie Award nomination, however many years later she says Queensland dash star Rothfire has had a rollercoaster and colourful profession worthy of her personal TV present.

Yates can be trackside at Ascot in Perth on Saturday to observe his beloved Rothfire, the $5 favourite for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes.

Rothfire shot to two-year-old Group 1 glory in 2020 when he gained the JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm, when the tracks had been like barren ghost cities as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Rothfire has since famously resurfaced from a critical career-threatening damage, a fractured sesamoid bone and different setbacks.

If Rothfire manages to attain at Saturday’s Winterbottom it will likely be the primary time Yates and the opposite Rothfire house owners are on observe to rejoice a Group 1 win with Queensland’s dash weapon.

“When JJ Atkins gained, I used to be watching from residence and we had been solely allowed to have 10 folks there as a result of (Covid) restrictions on the time,” Yates mentioned.

“It was additionally a bit unusual to observe a match when there have been no crowds, a bit like watching soccer with out a crowd.

“However as a result of we had been at residence and in our personal surroundings, we may simply let the thrill run wild.

“However to be sincere, essentially the most wonderful expertise I’ve had with this horse was watching him win the (Group 2) McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley in September.

“To see him come again from damage and win that Group 2 in such fantastic firm, was such a aid for us and for the horse.

“It was justification for the way sensible that horse is, as there wasn’t one other horse in that race that had suffered like he had.

“For me it was the equal of profitable a Group 1 race.”

Rothfire ran effectively with out a win in three Group 1 Victorian spring races, lately ending simply 1¼ lengths behind Roch ‘N’ Horse within the Champions Dash at Flemington.

A Perth marketing campaign was at all times on supervisor Rob Heathcote’s thoughts and it was relived when Rothfire easily equalized within the barrier 3 in Winterbottom.

Perth journey continues wonderful magic carpet journey for Yates.

He had solely raced one horse earlier than Rothfire.

“He was a horse referred to as Break Time and he gained 5 in a row in Queensland,” Yates mentioned.

“Till he bought injured, we did not know something about dropping, we simply knew about profitable.

“The syndicate determined to do one thing with the prize cash we had gained from that horse and Rothfire had been listed on the market on Rob Heathcote’s web site for some time so we determined to affix.

“At first, Rothfire what this lanky horse who mentioned folks had been ugly – it was just a little offensive to listen to folks name him ugly.

“However nothing, not even an damage, has stopped Rothfire from performing so effectively on the prime degree.

“It is type of like me, being in a wheelchair hasn’t stopped me from doing every part I needed to.”

As for Heathcote, he believes Rothfire simply must sustain his kind from his Victorian spring marketing campaign to be extremely robust to beat within the $1.5m Winterbottom.

“He completed second within the Manikato and was solely a size off Nature Strip on the final begin, I might recommend that is fairly good kind for the Winterbottom,” mentioned Heathcote.

“Importantly he was effectively traveled, which you at all times wish to see from a horse that has been despatched throughout the nation.”

Heathcote has by no means been overwhelmed in Winterbottom, reclaiming the Perth dash characteristic with buffering by the stellar sprinter in 2013 and 2015.

Initially posted as co-owner Louise Yates flies to Perth to cheer Rothfire in Winterbottom Stakes