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Rhapsody Rose primed for Gold Edition

Thu 16 December 2021

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Chris Munce is looking for a strong showing from talented filly Rhapsody Rose this Saturday en route to the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

Rhapsody Rose tackles the Listed Gold Edition Stakes over 1200 metres and will be shooting for a hat-trick of wins.

Rhapsody Rose secured her slot in next month’s Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast with an impressive last start win in the Listed Mode Stakes at Doomben.

It was her second Stakes win after she won the Listed Bill Carter at Doomben in May.

“She seems to be going good and she meets the boys better at the weights this time,” Munce said.

“I think she’ll race well again and her main aim is the Magic Millions Guineas.”

Rhapsody Rose is a daughter of Star Witness, and was purchased for $120,000 at the Magic Millions sales in 2019.

She’s proven to be a great money spinner for connections, earning almost $329,000 in prizemoney.

Rhapsody Rose was fully qualified for the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast last January but her mission was aborted after a cantankerous display before the start of the Golden Pearl Quality at the Gold Coast in January.

The filly reared up in the enclosure dislodging apprentice Justin Huxtable who was kicked by the clerk of the course pony and suffered serious abdominal injuries.

“She was over the top by then but she’s come on well since as a three-year-old,” Munce said.

Munce has been very patient with Rhapsody Rose since the winter and looks to have timed his Magic Millions Guineas run perfectly.

He rated Northern Rivers sprinter Far Too Easy and the Scott Morrisey-trained Jackson On Time as the main threats to Rhapsody Rose.

“Far too Easy has good form and Jackson On Time’s run last start was very good,” Munce said.

The David McColm-trained Far Too Easy won at the Gold Coast last month before producing a big effort to win the Winning Rupert at Doomben on December 4.

Jackson On Time is still a maiden but Munce was impressed with the Sebring gelding’s flashing third to Far Too Easy in the Winning Rupert.

As a jockey, Munce won the two-year-old Magic Millions Classic on three occasions and as a trainer he won the Magic Millions Guineas with Boomsara in 2019.

His Magic Millions Classic winners were Dance Hero (2014), Excellerator (2001) and Sunblazer in 1989.