PETER Moody may have unearthed a two-year-old filly worthy of tackling the Blue Diamond series when Kiss A Rose made an exciting debut at Caulfield on Wednesday to continue the early winning run of new sire Sebring.
Prominent bloodstock agent Cameron Cooke secured the daughter of Sebring for $180,000 at the Magic Millions Sales earlier this year for Queensland owner Les Cowell.
Sebring stands at Widden Stud in New South Wales and leads the first-season sires' list with four winners from 13 runners.
He provided the quinella in the opening race on Wednesday, with the Pat Hyland-trained Patricia Dawn chasing home the winner.
Kiss A Rose, the $3.50 favourite and ridden by Luke Nolen, settled off the pace before easing wide to produce a brilliant turn of foot at the 300 metres, eventually cruising to an easy win.
''I think she is [a talented filly]. She's a blank canvas,'' Nolen said. ''Every time she works at home and off the trial at Cranbourne she has improved, and she has definitely improved again today.''
Meanwhile, a minor setback will delay the return of group 1-winning filly Nechita, who has been ruled out of the major Victorian sprint races during the Melbourne autumn carnival.
Trainer John Thompson said the filly had to have a bone chip removed from a knee following her brilliant win in the group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby day, but said he did not see the injury being a long-term hindrance.
''She pulled up a little scratchy after the Coolmore and was found to have a tiny chip in one knee which had to be taken out,'' Thompson told Racing Victoria.
■The major event in Australasian harness racing will be shown live on free-to-air television for the first time in more than a quarter of a century.
The 2013 Inter-Dominion grand final will be broadcast on Channel Nine on March 3, along with the Chariots of Fire in an hour-long telecast - the first time harness racing has been shown on mainstream television since 1986.