Promising Singapore-based filly Mexican Rose is heading to Victoria this spring, lured by the riches of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.
Mexican Rose is the latest international contender to have their Spring Carnival campaign confirmed, the second from Singapore in a week following the announcement that Jolie’s Shinju will grace Melbourne’s tracks.
Reigning Horse of the Year, Jolie’s Shinju is to join in-form trainer Tony Noonan at his stables for their Cup Carnival crusade, and is already a Triple Crown winner.
Trained by Laurie Laxon, Mexican Rose will finish off her career in Melbourne and attempt Group 1 success before being retired to stud in New Zealand, hoping to secure some black type wins in Australia to boost her value as a broodmare.
The fillies and mares races at set weights including the coveted $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) will be Mexican Rose’s main targets at the Cup Carnival, while Laxon is also considering some of the weight-for-age races such as the Group 1 MYER Classic (1600m) for her.
Mexican Rose has had an impressive start to her racing career. Starting out in New Zealand she won two of her inaugural three races. From there she headed to Singapore where she has proved to be equally as gifted, winning her first five starts.
She backed up her succession of wins with two more victories and a place from her next five starts, and is already a group winner having taken out the Group 3 Juvenile Championship last year, as well as the Group 3 Merlion Trophy and Group 3 Kranji Sprint, which are the first two legs of the coveted Singapore Sprint Series.