To win the Karrakatta Plate would be a thrill for any trainer. To grab bragging honours in Perth’s richest and most prestigious race for two-year-olds is one to covet.
But for Karen Kersley it would mean so much more than just the rich prize purse on offer or any sense of egotism. It would hopefully end a dark chapter in her life.
Kersley’s demeanour is generally optimistic, confident and positive, but by her own admission she has struggled to see light behind the gloom of the past six months.
Last October Kersley suffered multiple injuries in a horrid track work accident that left her with a shattered pelvis after a horse reared up and went straight over.
It’s been a devastating setback for Kersley, who after weeks in hospital and hours in rehabilitation is battling the long and arduous road back to full recovery.
In the midst of her physical and mental turmoil, Kersley said winning the Karrakatta Plate would be a welcome tonic.
“The last six months has been like a bad dream that you can’t wake yourself up out of,” Kersley said on Tabradio.
“To win the Karrakatta, not only for myself, but for all the people in the stable and the owners would be amazing, just a dream.
“Obviously I’m not doing much anymore physically and I’m relying on a lot of people and they have been amazing.
“You would like to think there could be something good out of all the bad, but there is also someone worse off than yourself.
“So I have to keep that mindset and there is a chance a dream could turn into a reality.”
Rubic Rose stamped her credentials late last year when she claimed a maiden win over Karrakatta rival Beethoven at Ascot in December.
Last-start in the Gimcrack Stakes she was desperately unlucky after blowing the start before flashing home for seventh behind Rio Del Mar.
At her previous run in the Supremacy Stakes (1000m) when first-up from a short break she finished fourth to Prim And Proper.
Kersley said Rubic Rose’s two runs this time in are better than what they may appear on paper.
“Last-start she was very unlucky and you can’t change the circumstances,” Kersley said.
“The start before might have looked disappointing, but not many horses made up ground on the day.
“She is progressing well and will take natural improvement.”
Former top apprentice Ben Paterson has been booked to ride Rubic Rose.