One of the top chances in Saturday’s Doncaster Mile 2012 at Royal Randwick has been withdrawn with Peter Moody’s champion miler King’s Rose to bypass the classic in favour of a run in Hong Kong next month.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