King's Rose proves too strong in the 1000 Guineas. Colin Berry www.raceimages.net.nz
In front of a massive crowd, under idyllic skies, King’s Rose (3 B. F. Redoute’s Choice – Nureyev’s Girl, by Nureyev) proved too strong for her filly rivals in the $300,000, Group I, New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas over 1600-metres at Riccarton Park Racecourse in Christchurch on Saturday.
While the race was not without incident, the winner was able to overcome a run three off the fence in transit and oblige at 10-1.
Given a magnificent preparation by Te Akau Stables trainer Jason Bridgman along with Gus Clutterbuck, the foreman of their southern stable, the filly is bred and owned by Hong Kong-based doctor Gene Tsoi.
After competing admirably against the best of her age as a juvenile from the Matamata stable, King’s Rose was sent south to Rangiora with the focus fairly and squarely on the 1000 Guineas.
Second-up from a spell in the listed Ray Coupland Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton, she signalled her readiness for the group one assignment when powering clear to win by two-lengths in the hands of Opie Bosson.
Twelve months ago, Bosson had been successful on history making filly Katie Lee (Pins) when she won both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, and despite being associated with some of the top chances leading into the race he opted to ride King’s Rose after being aboard at Ashburton, at her previous start.
“She gave me a nice feel that day (at Ashburton), she was just a little bit green still and I always knew she was going to improve”, said Bosson. “I’ve ridden her in track work up north when she was two and she’s just getting better and better.”
Drawn beyond mid in a field of sixteen, Bosson was posted three wide in seventh position on King’s Rose before getting cover at the 1000m. Tracking up camped in sixth at the 600m King’s Rose was able to level under hands and heels at the 250m, then dug deep when asked for her best and proved too strong.
Closer to the rail there was some carnage for the minor places, which resulted in the favourite We Can Say It Now (Starcraft) being the worst affected when denied room against the rail at the 150m.
Eventually finishing fifth, an enquiry instigated by jockey Mark Du Plessis resulted in Magic Briar (Thorn Park) being relegated to third, while Twilight Savings (Secret Savings) was promoted from third to second, Smoulder (Traditionally) from fourth to third, and We Can Say It Now to fourth.
Hayden Tinsley, the jockey of Magic Briar, was suspended for two weeks (November 14 - 28) and fined $1000.
Passing the post, three-quarters-of-a-length separated first and second, and second and third, with the mile run in 1:35.57.
King’s Rose is from a stakes-placed winning mare, Nureyev’s Girl, from the family of Gr2 winner Wixim, Gr3 winner Soneva, and stakes winner Roanoke, while she became the 19th group one winner for champion Arrowfield stallion Redoute’s Choice (Danehill).The group one victory became the first for 38-year-old Bridgman, who took over the reins at Te Akau at the start of the new season on August 1, as the former incumbent Mark Walker was granted a license to train in Singapore under the Te Akau banner.
Te Akau Principal David Ellis, “She is owned by Dr Gene Tsoi who races a lot of horses in New Zealand. She’s managed by Marcus Corban, the general manager of Cambridge Stud. Cambridge Stud sent us two Redoute’s Choice fillies as yearlings to train, this is one of them and the other is pretty good, too.”
Ellis paid respect to the training performance by Bridgman when saying, “He’s done a huge job with her. He sent her down here at the end of July and they set this filly for one day, and that’s today. They’ve done a wonderful job with Gus (Clutterbuck) and the team.”
“This will be a day for a young man, Jason Bridgman, and his greatest thrill ever. He planned every day and to win your first group one as a trainer is a big thrill, and it’s hard to do", said Ellis.
Ten years ago, Bridgman was stable foreman at Te Akau before gaining experience in Ireland, England and America. He returned to train on his own accord at Matamata before joining the Te Akau team as head trainer.
“She’s a really good filly”, added Ellis. “We’re going to go to Ellerslie for the Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Series, and finish up in the NZ Oaks. I think the Oaks (2400m) will be a super distance for her, I really do.”
Bosson was already the toast of Te Akau after earlier in the day Bespoke (2 B. C. Pins – Velvet And Satin, by Carnegie) unleashed a wicked late burst to win the $45,000, Listed, Berkley Stud Welcome Stakes, for two-year-olds over 1000-metres.
Ellis outlaid $460,000 for Bespoke as a yearling at the 2010 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, where he was offered through the draft of Pencarrow Stud.
The first foal of capable race-mare Velvet And Satin, who in turn is from multiple stakes and Hong Kong Cup winner Romanee Conti (Sir Tristram), Bespoke is owned by the Te Akau 2010 Breeding Syndicate.
Velvet And Satin is a half-sister to 2001 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Ethereal (Rhythm).
In remarkable touch in the saddle at present, Bosson was not content to let his successes rest with two for the day and he added victories aboard All In Tempo (5 B. G. Shinko King – All In Tune, by Grosvenor) for trainer Bryce Revell, and Second Hope (6 B. G. Deputy Governor – Sweet Hopes, by Virginia Privateer) for Kevin Myers.
Bosson was named rider of the carnival with eight wins over the three days of the meeting.