Following a run almost identical to the one that saw her win the 1000 Guineas at her previous start, King’s Rose (3 B. F. Redoute’s Choice – Nureyev’s Girl, by Nureyev) proved a class above her filly rivals when striding away for victory in the $70,000, Group III, Ezibuy Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni racecourse on Saturday.
Being three wide in midfield with cover served King’s Rose well when she escaped carnage nearer the rail in the 1000 Guineas, and rider Opie Bosson had her in the same position again before letting the breaks go in the straight.
She put a hole in the field as she warmed to the task, beating a weaker line-up than she met in the Guineas by two-and-a-quarter-lengths.
Kiwi Lady (Ruby’s Jester) staged a terrific performance to finish second. Unraced until three weeks ago, the Kevin Gray-trained filly was facing her biggest test following successive wins in lesser company.
While the Gold Trail Stakes winner, Rememba Howe (Handsome Ransom), finished three-quarters-of-a-length away in third after being slowly away.
On a track that curiously raced quite dead after so little rain recently, and gave those nearer the rail no help as the programme unfolded, King’s Rose travelled in the right part of the track to record a time of 1:37.93 for the 1600-metres.
Trainer Jason Bridgman had reported prior to the race that understandably King’s Rose had done very well since her magnanimous victory in the 1000 Guineas, and punters crunched her in at the death to return a rather miserly $2.20 & $1.30 on the NZ TAB.
Owned by Hong Kong-based Dr Gene Tsoi, King’s Rose took her record to four wins from eight starts for stakes of $261,390.
In the corresponding race last year, Bosson was aboard history making filly Katie Lee (Pins), after she had won the 1000 and 2000 Guineas double at her previous two starts, but by his own admission went for home a touch too soon only to be nabbed near the line by Veronica Franco (Johar).