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 thinks the unbelievable 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 received 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 received the JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm, when the tracks had been like barren ghost cities because of the 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 will probably be the primary time Yates and the opposite Rothfire homeowners have been on observe to have a good time a Group 1 victory with the Queensland dash weapon.

“When JJ Atkins received, I used to be watching from house and we had been solely allowed to have 10 individuals 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 no crowd.

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

“However to be sincere, essentially the most superb 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 wonderful firm, was such a aid for us and for the horse.

“It was justification for the way good 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 successful a Group 1 race.”

Rothfire ran effectively with no 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 superb magic carpet journey for Yates.

He had solely raced one horse earlier than Rothfire.

“He was a horse known as Break Time and he received 5 in a row in Queensland,” Yates mentioned.

“Till he acquired injured, we did not know something about shedding, we simply knew about successful.

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

“To start with, Rothfire what this lanky horse who mentioned individuals had been ugly – it was somewhat offensive to listen to individuals 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 all the pieces I needed to.”

As for Heathcote, he believes Rothfire simply must sustain his type 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 counsel that is fairly good type for the Winterbottom,” mentioned Heathcote.

“Importantly, he is effectively traveled, which is one thing you at all times need to see from a horse that is been despatched throughout the nation.”

Heathcote has by no means been crushed in Winterbottom, reclaiming the Perth dash function 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