03/07/2012 1:49PM

Australia: King's Rose can give Moody third straight Newmarket win at Flemington


The undefeated super sprinter Black Caviar is not running in Saturday’s

$1.07 million Newmarket Handicap at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, but her trainer, Peter Moody, will be after his third consecutive win in the race with King’s Rose.

Moody won the 2011 Newmarket with Black Caviar, the 10th win of her 19-race victory career. She is expected to make her next start in April, in advance of a trip to Royal Ascot in June.

Royal Ascot could be in the plans for King’s Rose if she runs well on Saturday and in April.

King’s Rose won four group stakes in 2011, and was second to Newmarket entrant Albert the Fat in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington last November. The Group 1 Newmarket is run over about six furlongs and has drawn a field of 23. Hay List, second to Black Caviar in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes on Feb. 18, is among a top contender.

The nine-race Flemington program also includes the $1.07 million Australian Cup over about 1 1/4 miles on turf, which drew a strong field. Lucas Cranach, Americain, and Manigher, third through fifth in the Melbourne Cup last November, face the Group 1 winners Glass Harmonium, Playing God and Southern Speed. Last fall, Glass Harmonium won the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington, while Southern Speed won the Caulfield Cup.

At Warwick Farm racecourse, near Sydney, Rangirangdoo, a Group 1 winner in 2010 and 2011, heads a field of nine in Saturday’s $374,500 Chipping Norton Stakes, a Group 1 over about a mile.