Mick Price (Image: Racing Photos)

Mick Price (Image: Racing Photos)

Price eyes Cox Plate with Rose

Astute trainer Mick Price first impressions of his stable’s latest international recruit Kitty Rose is that her spring aim will be the Cox Plate.

Initially the Price and Michael Kent Junior stable were considering the Golden Eagle as a likely target for Kitty Rose, who finished fifth in the Group 2 Sandringham Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot on Day Four of the carnival.

Price’s appraisal from afar of Kitty Rose's debut run was that she would be better suited over a longer distance, but added he still had to get to know her first-hand.

Price said Kitty Rose would need a better turn of foot to win the Golden Eagle than what she showed at Royal Ascot.

“She’s a big, strong horse and my first thought was 2000m. She’s got wet track form but if that’s as fast as she goes over a mile, I’m not sure she can win a Golden Eagle, although I’ve got to get to know her,” Price said.

Price said the Cox Plate loomed as her potential spring goal, but he still had to assess it.

Price assessed her debut for the stable as a pass mark after Oisin Murphy gave her a perfect ride.

“He slipped streamed until the last furlong and was there to do something.”

Co-trainer Kent Jnr, who is with the three-year-old filly in the United Kingdom, said he was proud of her effort.

“She stuck to her task extremely well, she was very brave with the big weight – I just wonder if that big weight stopped her accelerating when Oisin needed her to quicken,” he said.

“She never stopped coming on, but just didn’t quicken like the four in front of her. But she ran fifth out of 30 runners, on a very unique straight course.”

Kent Jnr pointed out Kitty Rose had not run for 10 weeks and that she would improve from the run.

“We are really looking forward to running her at Newmarket in the July festival and I’m 99 per cent certain she’ll go the Listed Henry Cecil Stakes over a mile. It’s against the boys, so she’ll get the fillies allowance, and be five or six kilos better off than she was at Ascot,” he said.

He pointed out that the smart money was on Kitty Rose as she firmed from $17 to $4 without any push from the stable.

“That tells me we had the right horse for the right race. It’s a shame it didn’t come off, but I think we’ve bought a beautiful filly. She’s the coolest character, big, strong and sound, and I think we will go to Newmarket with a very big chance.”