Peter Moody has revealed that he rates Kiss A Rose the equal of any three-year-old filly in Australia but admits that she will need a bit of luck to win the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield tomorrow.
Kiss A Rose stamped herself as a filly to watch with her fast-finishing victory in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) and lost no admirers when stormed home late to finish second behind Charlie Boy in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington a fortnight ago.
Moody told Racing Ahead that he was delighted with the condition of the daughter of Sebring and believes that she deserves to be rated as one of the leading fillies in the country after her two impressive performances this preparation.
“I’m really pleased with her,” Moody said on RSN.
“Everything is positive heading to the 1400.
“She doesn’t appear to get any plaudits this filly, why I am not sure, but I think that her two runs suggest that she is as good as a three-year-old filly as there is in the land.”
Kiss A Rose’s winning chances received no favours when she was allocated barrier one and Moody feels that she will need plenty of luck to win from the inside gate.
The three-year-old generally gets well back in her races and Moody said he does not plan on changing that despite the awkward barrier draw.
“She is going to need a bit of luck from (barrier) one with her natural pattern to get back but she is going super and with any luck she wins,” the leading trainer said.
“I don’t want to change her pattern.
“At home we learnt, when we trialed her in our Caulfield jump-outs, that when she does show speed she one bats a bit but ridden with a good hold she has a very good turn-of-foot so we are not going to look to alter that at all.”
Kiss A Rose ($5) is currently on the third line of betting in Thousand Guineas Prelude betting markets behind Robert Smerdon-trained Politeness ($3.10) and Gregers.