Premier Victorian trainer Peter Moody has confirmed plans for his Group 1 performing mare King’s Rose to join her incomparable stablemate Black Caviar in England for a bid at the 2012 Royal Ascot riches this June.
Formerly raced in New Zealand where she won multiple Group races including the Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas, Redoute’s Choice mare King’s Rose joined Moody’s operation in August last year with a first-up win in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
The Hong Kong-owned mare has gone on to perform at the highest level since also securing the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley, running third to fellow Kiwi Mufhasa in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield and finishing a brave seventh to Pinker Pinker in the famous Cox Plate (2040m).
King’s Rose was last seen finishing a devastatingly close second when beaten a mere nose by Albert The Fat in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 5.
Further autumn plans are then for her to travel to Sydney for the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 24 and then the $400,000 Group 1 Queen of The Turf Stakes (1500m) on Golden Slipper Day, April 7.
Her consistency, determination and ability have earned her a shot at international glory this year with Moody keen to send King’s Rose to England along with his undefeated queen Black Caviar.
“Everything’s coming together,” Marcus Corban, racing manager for King’s Rose’s Hong Kong owner Dr Gene Tsoi, said this week.
“Peter (Moody) is really happy with the way she’s coming up.
“The Newmarket should set her up nicely for the two races in Sydney.”
This Saturday could see Black Caviar back-up to defend her title in the $750,000 Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington following her sensational victory in the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
A win in the Lightning would have Black Caviar equaling the current Australasian record of 19 consecutive career victories, before she would attempt to surpass it back at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day in the $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).
Following that Black Caviar’s future racing plans for 2012 remain open, but one thing that has been confirmed is her appearance in England.
Her first foray on international soil is penciled in as the Group 1 Diamond Jubliee Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot followed by a possible Newmarket target.
Corban is confident the chances of Black Caviar saluting overseas will be aided by her having a travelling companion in King’s Rose, and visa-versa.
“It should work out well for both of them,” he said.
“They’ll be good for each other when they get to England.”
King’s Rose Royal Ascot aim is penciled in as the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1609m) on June 19, and she is expected to race on in the UK and Ireland where she will see out her career before heading to retirement as a broodmare.
Already she has a date with champion sire Galileo at Coolmore Stud’s Ireland operation, and if she goes into foal she will head back to Cambridge Stud in her native New Zealand.
“What lies ahead is very exciting,” Corban said.
“The bonus at the end of it all will be the Galileo mating.”
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