Hong Kong-Bound King’s Rose Scratched from 2012 Doncaster Mile

One of the top chances in Saturday’s Doncaster Mile 2012 at Royal Randwick has been withdrawn with Peter Moody’s champion miler King’s Rose to bypass the classic in favour of a run in Hong Kong next month.

King's Rose

King's Rose has been scratched from the 2012 Doncaster Mile in favour of a Hong Kong bid next month

A former Kiwi and winner of the 2010 NZ 1000 Guineas, Redoute’s Choice four-year-old King’s Rose made an instant impression down under when she debuted for Moody with back-to-back Group 2 wins in Melbourne early last spring.

She went on to run in three elite levels running second in the Toorak, seventh in the Cox Plate and then second again to Albert The Fat in the Emirates Stakes.

This time in she resumed with an eighth to the since-sidelined Hay List in the Newmarket Handicap before running a close third to Ofcourseican in the Coolmore and then third again this time to $6 co-favourite for Saturday’s $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) More Joyous in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes on Golden Slipper Day.

Her excellent mile record and ability to handle a heavy track, proven by her debut win over subsequent Group 1 champ Jimmy Choux at Otaki in 2009, King’s Rose was well liked in the Doncaster Mile odds paying $14 through bookmaker.com.au.

To have been ridden by Luke Nolen from barrier nine King’s Rose was out to hand the Moody-Nolen team their 16th Group 1 race with a mare over the past three years, nine of those thanks to her superlative stablemate Black Caviar.

Moody was confident in their chances of scoring an upset in the Doncaster too.

“We meet More Joyous a lot better at the weights after their clash in the Queen of the Turf Stakes,” he said earlier today.

“Plus, I maintain King’s Rose’s run was every bit as good as Secret Admirer’s in the Coolmore Classic.

“If we had her run or (winner) Ofcourseican’s run, then she wins.

“So, if the bookies have More Joyous and Secret Admirer as Doncaster favourites, then I take great heart from that.”

Owned by Hong Kong-based Dr Gene Tsoi King’s Rose won’t be there on Doncaster Day however after receiving a prestigious invite for the Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin on May 6.

“The advice I’ve received is the owner has received an invitation to race in Hong Kong,” Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy said.

“It’s (the Doncaster Mile) not a race now that the conditions require stewards permission to come out.”

Three other overseas horses were also invited to the 2012 Champions Mile with Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape, the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained African Story and last year’s third placegetter Musir.

If any of these four win it would be the first time the Champions Mile champion came from outside of Hong Kong, the race opened to international competitors back in 2005.

With Black Caviar out trainer Mick Price has finally found a jockey for his former AJC Oaks winner Absolutely in the Doncaster with Nolen to ride her on 52.5kg, half a kilo more than she was allocated, on the permission of stewards.

Absolutely is one of the genuine Doncaster Mile betting market movers having been backed in from $34 to $26 as the continuing wet weather in Sydney increases the mudlark’s chances.

The withdrawal of King’s Rose also makes way for Paul Beshara’s first emergency Happy Trails, a $51 outsider coming off a Doncaster Prelude fourth from last Saturday, to gain a start with Jay Ford to ride.

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Updated 2012 Doncaster Mile Field

Royal Randwick Race 7 – 3:35pm – 21/04/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1X41X99426 RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 17 58kg 117
2 110X317X11 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 12 57.5kg 120
3 95552X3213 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 56.5kg 114
4 X241533X62 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Dwayne Dunn 2 55.5kg 112
5 6X2421X089 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller Steven Arnold 7 55.5kg 112
6 X118597X45 SINCERO Stephen Farley Craig Williams 6 55.5kg 112
7 X6688X6320 DANLEIGH Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 55kg 111
8 330X670X68 HAPPY ZERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 21 54.5kg 110
9 X04446X636 WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 13 54.5kg 110
10 24153X3523 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 22 54kg 113
11 7X50X25007 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Blake Shinn 3 54kg 109
12 X11272X833 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 53.5kg 112
13 518X251X94 HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith Glyn Schofield 14 53kg 111
14 0X39511X20 MONTON Ron Quinton Craig Newitt 18 52.5kg 106
15 0X11312X10 HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ) Roger James Christian Reith 5 52.5kg (Inc. 0.5kg Pen) 101
16 X0079X0548 YOSEI Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 1 52kg 108
17 21X5660X50 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent Luke Nolen (late alt) 15 52kg 105
18 X21302X210 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 16 52kg 86
19 5X3294X361 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 4 52kg 99
20 2198X14111 SINGLE Craig Carmody Nathan Berry 19 52kg 86
21e 3144X23344 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Jay Ford (late alt) 20 52kg 92
22e 52120X4367 ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses Ms Kathy O’Hara 11 52kg 91