Kiss A Rose has come from last to win the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse against a stellar field of fillies.
The three-year-old was too good for her competitors and was spurred on by a faultless ride from jockey Vlad Duric.
Kiss A Rose was the very last horse to round the home turn before making her run down the outside of the final straight.
The Sebring filly has now won both of her two race starts and has taken her prize earnings to over $100,000 thanks to today’s Quezette Stakes win.
Trainer Peter Moody was at the track to watch Kiss A Rose win the $135,000 feature.
“Vlad rode a good race,” Moody said.
“(He was) patient (and) came to the outside.
“We trialled her and rode her out the back and realized quickly that’s the way to ride her.
“She’s a deserved filly.”
Moody will now aim Kiss A Rose at the Group 1 Thousand Guineas in October, however, feels she will be much better suited to next year’s autumn carnival.
“Anything in the spring would be a bonus,” he said of both Kiss A Rose and fellow Quezette Stakes runner Spirit Of Heaven.
“They’re probably autumn fillies.
“We won’t bottom them out but we’ll continue along the stakes path.”
Jockey Vlad Duric feels Kiss A Rose would be perfectly suited to a race like the $1 million Thousand Guineas.
“I just had to come back a length,” Duric said of today’s run.
“Gee she quickened up super impressive. A really impressive filly.
“She settles beautifully, really conserves her energy and has a quick turn of foot”
Race favourite Metastasio finished in second position in the Quezette Stakes, while Chloe In Paris placed in third.