King’s Rose dominates NZ Filly of the Year series

King’s Rose stamped her class on New Zealand’s 3YO Fillies division with a commanding victory in the G3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on Saturday.  The Redoute’s Choice filly was a G1 winner of the NZ 1000 Guineas last month has now won 4 races in 8 starts for earnings of $261,390.

King’s Rose (3f Redoute’s Choice – Nureyev’s Girl by Nureyev) sat three-wide with cover at Awapuni and that didn’t harm her chances considering the track was heavier closer to the rails.  She also escaped a shuffle up that inconvenienced several runners near the fence at the 1000m mark.

The Redoute’s Choice filly opened up in the straight under Opie Bosson to score by over two lengths from Kiwi Lady (Ruby’s Jester) and Rememba Howe (Handsome Ransom).

The strapping filly is raced by Hong Kong-based owner-breeder Gene Tsoi.  She is from Adelaide stakes performer Nureyev’s Girl who is a half-sister to Randwick stakes winner Roanoke (Danehill).

King’s Rose is prepared by Jason Bridgman and the Rangiora based trainer said King’s Rose will likely have her next start in the Royal Stakes at Ellerslie.  A longer term goal is the G1 VRC Australian Guineas at Flemington in March.

The Eulogy Stakes win consigned her rivals to also-rans in the NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series.  She will become Te Akau stable’s latest NZB Filly of the Year following Shikoba (2006), Princess Coup (2007) and Insouciant (2008).  

Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice currently heads the Australian 3YO ladder and is chasing Jimmy Choux’s sire Thorn Park for the lead in the New Zealand 3YO premiership.