Champion trainer Peter Moody is aiming for a rare hat-trick with Redoute’s Choice mare King’s Rose in the G1 VRC Newmarket Hcp on Saturday.
Moody has won the last two Newmarkets with Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) and Wanted (Fastnet Rock).
King’s Rose (NZ) has shown her best form over a mile but Moody is quietly confident she can be a surprise packet down Flemington’s famous straight course. “You need a good 1400m horse to win the Newmarket and she won first-up over the distance last preparation,” Moody reasoned. “I would have rather drawn an outside barrier instead of barrier three but I think she’s a chance with 54kg.”
King’s Rose (4m Redoute’s Choice – Nureyev’s Girl by Nureyev) was the champion filly of her generation in NZ during 2010-11 winning the G1 1000 Guineas, G2 Royal Stakes, G2 Sir Tristram Classic and G3 Eulogy Stakes.
She joined Moody’s stable last year and won the G2 Memsie Stakes and G2 Stock Stakes before going down a long neck to (King) Mufhasa in the G1 Toorak Hcp. After an unplaced effort in the G1 Cox Plate, she was beaten a nose by Albert The Fat in the G1 Emirates Stakes on the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.
All going well in the Newmarket, Moody will send King’s Rose to Sydney for the G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) before preparing for Royal Ascot in England.
She will join Black Caviar on her European campaign, where a likely race is the Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) on the first day of Royal Ascot on June 19.
King’s Rose is by Arrowfield champion Redoute’s Choice and is a homebred for Hong Kong based Dr Gene Tsoi. Her dam Nureyev’s Girl was stakes-placed at Morphettville and her latest two yearlings have starred at the NZB Karaka Sale.
David Ellis paid $875,000 for her Red Ransom colt in 2011 and he weighed in with $1,750,000 for her Fastnet Rock colt earlier this year. Nureyev’s Girl foaled a Commands filly last year.