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Twenty RosesTwenty Roses
Two Year Old Filly

Twenty Roses was acquired at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale in October of 2012 in Ireland. She is a striking, well-balanced filly with a real look about her. It is fair to say our trainer in England, Ed Walker, fell in love with her at the sale and we stretched a bit to land her. By the freshman Coolmore sire Mastercraftsman and out of the winning Saddlers Wells mare Stunning Rose there is plenty of pedigree to go along with her athletic look. Twenty Roses only sibling, Well Acquainted, is already dual stakes placed in his two-year-old season 2012.

Sire Mastercraftsman was European Champion Two Year Old of 2008 winning the Grade 1 Phoenix Stakes and the Grade 1 National Stakes both at the Curragh . He went on to win numerous stakes as a three year old highlighted by his 4 length win in the Irish 2000 Guineas and his win in the St. James Palace Stakes at Ascot.

We have high hopes for our filly as a racehorse and down the line as a foundation broodmare for Highland Yard.

She has begun training with Ed at the Authorized Yard in Newmarket and if all goes well, will debut in the summer or fall of 2013 in England.


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Race Statistics

Race Distance Date Track Finish Chart Earnings
Handicap 7 Furlongs Jun 9/14 Ayr, Scotland 10th Chart 0
Handicap 10 Furlongs Apr 29/14 Nottingham 7th Chart 0
Nursery 7 Furlongs Dec 1/13 Wolverhampton 4th Chart $230
Maiden 7 Furlongs Nov 16/13 Wolverhampton 6th Chart 0
Maiden 7 Furlongs Oct 5/13 Redcar 10th Chart 0
Maiden 7 Furlongs Aug 23/13 Newmarket 11th Chart



July 15
Twenty Rose's went through the auction ring at Tattersalls last week and has been sold. We love the concept of racing in England and remain enthralled with the methods of training and racing there. At the end of the day, our very pretty filly did not turn out to be a racehorse and the financial bleeding had to stop. We will try again a bit down the road when time permits more travel to the Unoted Kingdom. We were blessed to see her run at Ayr and it will be a day we never forget. Personal thanks to Ed Walker who was most professional at every step of the way.

She may not have been a race horse but a prettier filly you will not see. For proof click here.

June 19
Twenty Roses has been entered for next Tuesday June 24 at Brighton. The 7 furlong handicap for Maidens may well be her last run in the Blue and white silks of Highland Yard. We don't expect much but will be cheering on infront of the computer next Tuesday. Draws will be on Sunday.

June 16
Twenty Roses ran horribly at Ayr, Scotland last week. A great day was had as Ed Walker and five Highland Yarde'r took the train down from Edinburgh for a day at the races. Twenty Roses's did not keep up her end of the deal running disinterested and slow to finish last inthe field of ten. One could balme the long travel but more realistically she is not looking like she wants to be a racehorse. We will give her one more run in late June / early July and then sell her at the July Tattersalls sale. She is bred well and is half to a stakes winner in addition to being a pretty filly and should bring a decent price at the sale. A chart of the race can be found above.

April 30
Twenty Roses ran relatively well in her first start of the year. She eagerly took to the front from post 13 of 15 and led through 7 furlongs. Her interest was vastly improved and she just ran out of gas in this long 1 1/4 mile race. She will likely gain alot of conditioning from the race and we will look to shorten her to a mile race next time out. A chart of the race can be found above.

April 21
The "going" was fast and hard at Nottingham last weeknd and we decided to scratch Twenty Rose's and reenter her for April 29th back at Nottingham. She will benefit from a softer turf course and we are hoping that will be the case. She has been training very well and her workmate won a race last week.

April 9
For Twenty Roses gallup video click here.

March 29
After a tough winter Twenty Roses has, in the words of Trainer Ed Walker is "turning a corner". A note from Ed below:

"Twenty Roses is turning a corner. I have tweaked around with her diet and put her on a different supplement which seems to have helped but it could also just be the fact that spring is here!

This week I took her to the famous Al Bahathri gallop where she just did a strong canter. Being her first time there I did not want to ask too much of her and she will do more next week.

Since the colic scare she has been very healthy and hopefully that was a one off. Given the way she is progressing now she could well be ready to run during the second half of April. She will take little getting fit and there is a race at Nottingham on April 19th over 10 furlongs which will suit her well in my opinion. Let's see how the next few weeks but that could be a good starting point."

Indeed spring is near for Highland Yard runners.


December 3
Twenty Roses made a steady run closing in on the leaders at Wolverhampton Monday afternoon. She does not have great speed and had to work her way around the course three wide from the 7th post posiition only to come a neck short of the money and 1/2 a length from 2nd place. Twenty Roses will not lead us to any Roayal Ascots dreams but has steadily improved and will win races next year. For the next couple of months she will just be a horse and will start training again in February for her 3-year-old campaign. A chart of the race can be found above.

November 30
An improving Twenty Rose's will make her fourth and final start of her two-year old season Monday at Wolverhampton in England. She is moving forward very well for trainer Ed Walker and he is very confident she will make leaps forward as a three year old. He thinks she will be very competitive here but is still growing and maturing and remains a little "weak". Twenty Rose's with Graham Lee again aboard drew pot 7 of 10 for the race whihc is not ideal but better than last race when she drew the outside on this tight oval race track. The race can be watced live at for account holders as can all throughbred races of Highland Yard horses. The card for the race can be found here.

November 25
Twenty Rose's is being pointed to a Nursery Handicap race on Monday December 2nd at Kempton in England. Coming off her last, much improved, race we are eager to see what she can do if given a decent draw. Entries will go in tommorow and a final determination will be made by Saturday.

November 19
Twenty Rose's showed substantial improvement again running a Maiden Filly Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday. Wolverhampton is one of the few All weather tracks in England and is a very tight oval with lots of tight turns. As a result drawing post 11 of 11 was the worst possible place for T.R. to start. Despite the post she battled gamely closing to finish 6th of 11 missing out on fourth (in the money in England) by a mere 1/2 length. Jockey Graham Lee said he had to work pretty hard to get her going as she wasn't sure she wanted any part of it at the start. At about the 2 furlong mark she dug in and competed racing four wide as a result of her post and finsihed up very well. After a horrible start to her race career she has improved in both subsequent races and Lee thinks "she can win this year". As a result we will give her one more chance before the end of the race meetings this year likley getting a atart at the end of the month. A chart of the race can be found above.

November 11
Fresh off a Group 3 Stakes win in Australia trainer Ed Walker called to discuss the next race for Twenty Rose's. She had a really solid work on Saturday and we have decided to, once again, target one more race for her prior to the winter break. As it stands she will run in a Maiden Fillies Stakes at Wolverhampton this Saturday. Final declaration will on Wednesday but it looks like a green light. The idea is to give her one positive experience before letting her "grow up" for what will hopefully be a solid three-year old campaign next year.

October 31
Ed decided to wait another couple of weeks to send Twenty Rose's to the post. She breezed well last week but was not eating-up as well as he would have liked. Ed is over with a stakes horse in Australia and will evaluate Twenty Roses upon his return. A mid-month start sees likely before putting her out for the winter.

October 27
Twenty Rose's has been nominated for a Maiden at Lingfield on Thursday. Jockey Tom McLaughlin will ride. We are hoping she continues in the right direction and improves on her last start. This will likely be her last race of the year as the horses in England are generally wintered until early spring. Trainer Ed Walker is confident she will be a winner next year and wants to give her one more start this year.

October 5
What a difference a month makes. Twenty Roses ran and raced well in a full fleld of 17 horses at Redcar in England this morning. She competed well the first 5 furlongs and was positioned 4th for the final two furlongs. She got a bit caught in traffic and tired a bit down the stretch to finish 10th or midpack in a much improved return to the races. Twenty Roses sustained a "two staple" cut early in the race which may have effected her performance later in the race. She showed somehting today and Ed will try to up her fitness level a bit and perhaps dial her back to 6 furlongs next time out. A sense of relieve here and hope looking forward for this filly. A chart of the race can be found above.

October 3
Twenty Roses has drawn post 8 of 19 for Saturday's 7 Furlong Maiden Stakes at Redcar in England. According to trainer Ed Walker she has been training well and we are hopeful she will improve on her debut. A mid-pack showing would be a vast improvement and show us that she can race. Post time is 1:40 pm GMT which corresponds to 5:40 am on the west coast here in North America. Entries for the race can be found here.

September 28
Twenty Roses will get her second chance at the racetrack in early October. Ed has decided to put blinkers on her for a maiden fillies race at Leicester on October 8th or Warwick on October 3. She has been training well and we are hoping she will perform better than her disapointing debut.

August 26
Twenty Roses ran a clunker first time out showing none of the talent we have seen in the morning on the Newmarket Gallups. We could not be more dissapointed with the total lack of effort and interest she showed under an encouraging ride from Jockey Mclaughlin. The whole Highland Yard team is embarrased with the performance including trainer Ed Walker who commented as follows "Twenty Roses has come out of her racecourse debut (if you can call it that) very well. I am mortally embarrassed about what happened and enormously surprised as I know she has ability. Naturally I am concerned about her behaviour on the racecourse. It took all of us in the yard by surprise and I will do everything in my power to get her head straight. I will keep you posted with her progress over the next few weeks and we will go from there. She is sound and eating well so she is not worrying about anything."

We will draw a line through this one and target a Maiden in a few weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on Twenty Roses Roster Page.

August 18
Twenty Roses abscess has rescinded and she is 100%. She only missed one day of training and had her best work yesterday on the Newmarket gallups. She has been tentatively entered for a maiden at Newmarket next Friday. Newmarket (like Saratoga and Delmar) has the highest calibre maiden races. If she should start we will be targeting a "mid-division" finish and a good learning experience. The racetrack is only one mile, as the crow flys, from Grange House Stables. A decision on wether she will run on Friday will be made Wednesday.

August 13
Twenty Roses will have to wait a couple of weeks for her debut after developing an abcess over the last couple of days/ Ed's report is as follows:

This morning was very odd and unfortunate being so close to her racecourse debut as when her rider went to put the bridle on her she almost reared over as the bit went into her mouth. On close examination it is clear she has developed an abscess on her jaw which is quite enflamed and very sore. My vet has examined her and prescribed her some bute until the abscess comes to a head and bursts. This has unfortunately ruled her out of Thursday's race.

I will see how she is over the next couple of days and keep you posted. It is by no means a setback not being able to run this week as she was going to need the experience anyway so we will just have to see how long it takes to burst. As soon as it does burst she will be ready to go so hopefully I will find a race for her next week.

Sorry for the 'false start' but at least there is nothing serious to worry about.

August 10
Twenty Roses will become Highland Yard's first European runner when debuting in next Thursday's Maiden Stakes at famed Newmarket racecourse in England. This is designed to be a learning experience for her and we expect much better from her going longer next year. Nonetheless, it is in her backyard and an opportunity to go through the routine of a race. She has grown into a much stronger looking filly as you can see by clicking here.

Below are words from trainer Ed Walker outlining his thoughts on her and the process:

"I am pleased to report that I now feel Twenty Roses is ready to make her racecourse debut. She has done plenty of work at home and now needs to make the next step in her education. She worked on Wednesday and she continues to make good progress. Like most of my 2 year olds she will go to the races very much with the intention of having a pleasant experience in which she will learn a great deal.

It is a six furlong maiden which will be too short for her ultimately but seems a good starting point as I never like to ask them to go too far first time up. She will improve with time and stepping up in trip and from what I have seen at home I think she is capable of winning a maiden over seven furlongs to a mile. Next year she may well stay ten furlongs.

Since her work has stepped up she has shown a lot more life at exercise and her character is developing. She is a very straight forward filly but sometimes has her own ideas about things and just needs kidding along. Physically she has grown a great deal and is not going to come into her own until next year. Despite this I think she is more than ready to gain some valuable racecourse experience and keeping her close to home makes sense. These Newmarket maidens are usually red hot and she will be up against some of the best stables and pedigrees but I see no reason why she will not hold her own and I would be delighted with a mid division finish under a sympathetic ride.

Tom McLaughlin rides out for me every morning and knows the filly very well so as long as you are happy I would like him to ride her in the race. As she is just having a quiet educational run I trust him more than any for the job because he is a team player and will not be tempted to 'have a feel' which some better known jockeys may do in order to work out if they want to ride the horse again in the future."


June 22
Twenty Roses continues to progress with Ed in Newmarket doing some light work in advance of his debut expected in 3 or 4 weeks time. A note from Ed is below:

I hope that you are well and that you had a good trip to Ireland. I bumped into Daithi Harvey yesterday at Ascot who spoke very highly of you and said that you had a good time.

Twenty Roses is coming along very nicely, she has done a couple of pieces of light work which so far look encouraging. However last week I saw her slightly lame on her left front, my vet was not alarmed and we have just given her a few days on the easy list. She was trotted up this morning and was sound so I intend to work her this weekend and all being well I envisage her being ready to make her debut in 3-4 weeks time. She continues to have a great temperament and so far has taken everything in her stride.

I am looking forward to seeing Well Acquainted run in the Jersey Stakes this afternoon and hopefully he can further enhance your pedigree. I will give you a call on Sunday once she has galloped.

Apr 27
Trainer Ed Walker wrote us an update on the two year old Irish bred filly "Twenty Roses" which speaks highly of her development. She appears to be coming along nicely at Grange House Stables in Newmarket, England. In Ed's words:

"Twenty Roses is divine. The more I get to know this filly the more I love her. She has done a few nice canters on the grass and polytrack and she just has the most wonderful way of going about her business. She moves beautifully, carries herself like an old pro, and finds it all very easy at this stage. She is still a bit 'in parts' physically so she needs to grow into herself over the next few weeks before I ask any more of her. I will give you a call soon and we can dream!

Best regards,


A new photo of her can be found here.

Apr 1

Below is an update note from Trainer Ed Walker on the 2 year old filly Twenty Roses in training at Newmarket, England.

"I hope you are well and enjoying some better weather than we are. This has to be the longest winter I can remember. We are still getting night frosts and highs of 3 degrees during the day which is becoming very tiresome now. As a result a few of my fillies are not quite thriving as I would like them to be at this stage. I am taking my time with them and being patient until this cold weather passes. Twenty Roses is very well in herself and we have had no further colic scares so I am hoping it was just a blip. She is growing at the moment but as a result she has become a bit weak and leggy. She could do with now putting on some weight and strengthening up so until she does that I will not put any pressure on her.

Her education continues though and she has had plenty of experience of cantering upsides another 2 year old and she is very professional. She has walked through the starting stalls and I am delighted by her attitude. She is a very willing and honest filly. To go with that she has the athleticism and looks so once she has finished developing I think we will have a lovely filly on our hands. She is just going through a backward growing phase in her development which is common at this time of year.

I hope all is good your end and I will get some photos to you when the sun is shining! I hope we don't have to wait too long. "

Jan 6

Twenty Roses has settled in to Grange House Stables without a care in the world. She is very level headed with a great attitude towards her work but at the same time has the twinkle in her eye that you like to see in fillies. She has plenty of personality but is very kind and easy to deal with.

I could not be happier with how she is doing at the moment. She is cantering every day now and twice a week she is doing two canters. At this stage it is all very steady stuff but her education is coming along well and over the next few weeks she will learn to canter upsides another 2 year old and in groups. She has experienced the nursery starting stalls, leading a string and has done plenty of cantering in figures of eight to teach her balance and to change her legs.

Physically she is also making good progress. She has grown a bit but more is to come. She has a lovely stride and way of carrying herself when cantering and I am very excited about her. It is very early days but at this stage we could not ask for any more so fingers crossed!

I have attached a photo taken yesterday but I am afraid it is rubbish! I will get some better ones next week and email them to you.

I hope to catch up soon with you and let me know if and when you are coming to the UK.

Let's hope for a lot of fun and success in 2013!

Best regards,


Ed Walker Racing Ltd

For a Photo Of Twenty Roses click here.

Dec 08
The Mastercraftsman Filly purchased at the Goffs sale in Ireland has been named. Given twenty years of wedded bliss as of last week and her being out of the mare "Stunning Rose" she has been named "Twenty Roses". Twenty Roses has "settled into her routine and throughly enjoys her work" according to trainer Ed Walker. Twenty Roses trains on the gallups in New Market, England. Roster Pages for Twenty Roses and Walk Close will be up in a week or two. If these fillies were to follow a standard progression they would be slated to debut in mid-2013.

Oct 16
Highland Yard returned from the Goff's Sale in Ireland with a gorgeous and hopefully precocious Mastercraftsman Filly. We went with the intent of acquiriing a filly from a proven Irish sire such as Galilleo or Montjeu but those proved to be either flawed conformation wise or well above our price range. The good news is we didn't have to "settle" for this beautiful filly, as she stood out at the sale as one fine specimen.

Mastercraftsman is as Irish as they come breaking his maiden at The Curragh and going on to win over $1.7mm and named Irish 2 Year-Old Champion of 2009 winning 7 races including the Irish 2000 Guineas. The filly has been sent to a farm in Newmarket for a short rest and will go into training with up and coming English trainer Ed Walker at Newmarket. Ed, my good friend Matt and Bloodstock man Matt Coleman were all part of the team working the sale with us. We have to thank Daithi Harvey of the Irish Thoroghbred marketing board for his assistance in helping us navigate the sale. The experience in Dublin and Naas as well as the trip to The Curragh will not be forgotten.

Our filly is out of the Saddler's Wells mare Stunning Rose who won over $50,000 on the track and foaled a cuerrent two year old winner who is already stakes placed. Given this pedigree our filly may be ready for the race track sooner rather than later.

For a picture of the filly here.

For a picture of trainer Ed Walker and Highland Yard friend Matt click here.

For the Mastercraftsman Filly's pedigree click here.

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