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King's Rose Trackwork For HK Gr1 Champions Mile
In Hong Kong yesterday, Gr1-winning & multiple Gr1-placed 4YO mare King's Rose (Redoute's Choice-Nureyev's Girl, by Nureyev) worked on the turf course for the 1st time, with Australian trainer Peter Moody on hand to assess her condition leading into Sunday's Gr1 Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin. Moody (who arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday evening) commented: "She seems much more contented than the other horses in the international barn & she looks well. Her work was good and, in general, I'm happy with her." Moody also emphasised: "King's Rose is not here for practice. My belief is that she can win. My expectation is that, at least, she'll be running very well. She's in great shape & her form is good enough I think." Referring to King's Rose finishing 2.7-lengths 3rd behind More Joyous in the Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in Sydney on April 7, Moody noted: "We rode her upside down last time, pushing forward to sit outside the leader & we towed More Joyous into the race. (More Joyous has subsequently added 2 more Gr1 triumphs.) And the start before she was beaten in a 3-way photo in the Gr1 Coolmore Classic when she couldn't quite find the best part of the track. She was inside the 2 that beat her who were in the better ground." Moody summed up: "She's a great miler, this is her distance but she's also capable over further. I still swear & declare that but for bad luck she should have won last year's Gr1 Cox Plate." Yesterday King's Rose (with Sharleen Gardner in the saddle) worked over 1200m in a leisurely 1min 28.4ssec but picked up the pace at the close of the gallop to run her last 400m in 24.7sec. Stable jockey Luke Nolen will fly to Hong Kong after riding at the Gold Coast in Queensland on Saturday to pilot King's Rose in Sunday's race.