King’s Rose Leads 2012 Moonga Stakes Nominations

Peter Moody’s former Kiwi mare King’s Rose is number one on the ballot in the Moonga Stakes 2012 nominations, the Caulfield Cup Day feature formerly known as the Betfair Stakes.

King's Rose

King's Rose is a dual nominee on Caulfield Cup Day

Five-year-old Redoute’s Choice mare King’s Rose recently underwent a minor throat operation but returned in fine style off a five month break to finish second in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 6.

With Moody’s sprint queen Black Caviar being rested until the autumn King’s Rose could be his major hope in the shorter Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival classics this year.

She is currently nominated for both the $750,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 26 and the $1 million Group 1 Patianck Farm Classic (1200m) on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington, the latter having been won by Black Caviar for the past two years.

King’s Rose will continue her spring prep this Saturday but it may not be in the $150,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Moonga Stakes (1400m), Moody having also nominated her for the mares-only $220,000 Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m).

Of the 19 Moonga Stakes nominations this year next on the ballot is the David Pfieffer-trained Torio’s Quest who hasn’t won a race since they took out the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) back in June last year when prepared by Brett Partelle.

Meanwhile horses that come off some eye-catching runs include:

  • The Peter Snowden-trained Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Galah who resumed with a fourth in the Gilgai Stakes
  • Mark Webb’s evergreen seven-year-old Over Quota coming off a close first-up fourth in the Listed Tavern Stakes (1410m) at Flemington
  • Darwin visitor Sea Lord who has won two of their last four races and who comes off two good fourth place finishes at stakes level at Caulfield including to Instinction in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) last Saturday
  • Fastnet Rock gelding Amah Rock who ran fourth in the Tavern Stakes

Other notable hopefuls then include Anthony Cummings’ Savabeel stayer Strike The Stars, the Hawkes-trained Happy Zero who ran third in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap during the winter, and Testa Rossa Stakes runner-up McClintock back in good form after a testing stint in Singapore.

The full 2012 Moonga Stakes nominations are detailed below, acceptances to be taken on Wednesday.

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2012 Moonga Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Cup Day – 20/10/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 APPEARANCE Guy Walter 94
2 CLASSY CHLOE John Hickmott 86
3 FULL OF SPIRIT Roger James 86
4 HI BELLE John Gunning 102
5 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 112
6 LUCKY PENNY Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 81
7 MISS STELLABELLE Gai Waterhouse 98
8 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon 111
9 NEW BEGINNING John P Thompson 86
10 PEAR TART John P Thompson 105
11 RAHVEEL Leon Corstens 78
12 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden 102
13 RED TRACER Chris Waller 109
14 REMEMBA HOWE (NZ) Mick Price 89
16 SHANNARA Peter Snowden 101
17 SIMPLY PUT Dale Sutton 88
18 SOFT SAND Colin Little 89
19 SPOT ON MAGGIE (NZ) Pat Carey 72
20 STREAMA Guy Walter 108
21 TRANQUERA Robbie Griffiths 72
22 WHATEVERWHENEVER Liam Birchley 92