Group 3 winner Rose Quartz dies

How Now Stakes winner Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz ridden by Michael Dee wins the Neds How Now Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on November 18, 2023 in Caulfield, Australia. (Photo by Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Trainer Grahame Begg, based in Cranbourne, sadly announced the passing of his Group-winning sprinter, Rose Quartz, due to a bout of colic.

The six-year-old mare, sired by Written Tycoon, claimed victory in five races, notably securing the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) and accumulating $619,090 in prize money over 20 starts.

“She got colic and we had to do surgery, but she didn’t make it,” Begg revealed to

“It’s just one of those things out of the blue … they did surgery and she survived the first 24 hours.”

“I dare say she would’ve ended up in one of the (broodmare) sales later in the year and would have been a valuable mare.”

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