Mosheen races on, just not in Plate
ROBERT Smerdon yesterday confirmed that star mare Mosheen would not be tackling this year's Cox Plate, but the trainer denied a report that the four-year-old was about to be retired to stud.
Smerdon said Mosheen would be aimed at races such as the group 1 Myer Classic on November 3, maintaining that time had beaten the stable in preparing the mare for races like the Cox Plate.
''The problem she had put a bigger hole in her preparation than I first thought. It basically cost her a month and we've been trying to catch up ever since,'' Smerdon said. ''There are high-class mares races we are looking at and she is a perfect fit. We had that small hold-up at the start of her spring preparation which didn't help her cause but she is well and she will be competitive in what ever she takes on.''
The trainer also described as ''nonsense'' a report that Mosheen would be retired and sent to Japan for breeding purposes.
''I can't see any reason whey she won't race on next autumn ,'' he said.
Mosheen will also run in the group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400 metres) on October 20.
Mosheen won the VRC Oaks last year and followed up in the autumn with wins in the Australian Guineas, the Randwick Guineas and the group 1 Storm Queen.
■Jockey Glen Boss' dream run so far this spring is set to continue after he was yesterday booked to ride Southern Speed in the Caulfield Cup.
Boss has ridden trebles, including both feature races, at the past two Melbourne Saturday meetings and the pick-up ride on Southern Speed has further strengthened his hold on several of the upcoming majors. Southern Speed, who unleashed brilliant final sectionals in last week's Underwood Stakes at Caulfield to finish fourth, will run next in the group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on October 6, two weeks out from the Caulfield Cup.
The ride on Southern Speed became available when regular rider Craig Williams indicated that he will stay with 2011 Melbourne Cup-winner Dunaden as he attempts the cups double this year. Dunaden has overcome a foot abscess and hopes are high he will run in the Caulfield Cup.
Boss also appears to have the ideal Cox Plate horse in Ocean Park. The Kiwi was impressive in winning the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday.
This Sunday, Boss partners Shanghai Warrior for trainer Pat Hyland in the group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield after the horse trialled well on Monday following a poor run at his previous start at Flemington.
■Nine European-trained horses remain in contention for the Caulfield Cup after second acceptances were taken yesterday.
They are Jakkalberry (trained by Marco Botti), Ibicenco, Mount Athos and Quest For Peace (Luca Cumani), Gatewood (John Gosden), Dunaden (Mikel Delzangles), Brigantin (Andre Fabre) and Americain and Shahwardi (Alain de Royer Dupre).