Fourth Winner for Sebring
Golden Slipper winner Sebring produced another brilliant debut juvenile winner at Caulfield on Wednesday in Kiss a Rose and also provided three of the first four home in the 1000 metre dash.
The Peter Moody trained Kiss a Rose was sent out favourite and despite being slowly away and settling at the tail of the field she powered home to win by a dominant length and three-quarters over another Sebring filly in Patricia Dawn, with yet another Sebring filly in Apamene finishing fourth.
“She’s a blank canvas,” said winning rider Luke Nolen.
“We didn’t know what to expect and when she stepped a little slow I tried to race three wide down the side, but I couldn’t quite push Steven King’s horse [Apamene] back into one off and she was just a little hesitant to do so, so I just allowed her to travel from there.”
When Kiss a Rose was given clear running in the straight she accelerated impressively to win as she pleased.
“Once I gave her, her head she really chased the line down.She knows where the post is,” he added.
Kiss a Rose was a $180,000 Magic Millions purchase for Cameron Cooke Bloodstock from the draft of Raheen Stud and is the first foal of stakes-placed Redoute’s Choice mare Hurl, a daughter of stakes-winner Quarante Love from the family of Group I winning sprinters Accomplice and With Me.
“I bought two Sebring’s at the sales and now wish I’d bought 22!” said Cameron Cooke.
The pedigree is an interesting one as it features a 4 x 3 double cross of Danehill (USA) and Canny Lad, a mix that will give pedigree students food for thought.
Kiss a Rose is the fourth individual winner for Sebring, who is now the leading first season sire by winners and earnings.
His 13 starters to date also including a further three place-getters.
Sebring has a sizable draft of 26 youngsters at MM, the majority in Sessions One to Four including a half-sister to Magic Millions winner and Group II winner Mimi Le Brock.