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After a brilliant first-up win at Caulfield in the unsuitably short Manfred Stakes on Saturday, last year’s Crown Oaks winner Mosheen will head to Flemington for the Australian Guineas 2012 in March where she will face off against star colt Helmet in his Aussie swansong.
Robert Smerdon’s Fastnet Rock filly Mosheen was the punters’ pick at $2.70 for Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Shadwell Stud Australasia Stakes (1200m), also known as the Manfred Stakes, despite it being her first run of the season.
Mosheen was last seen running away to defeat a fairly average field in the Crown Oaks over 2500m at Flemington on November 3 by an anything-but-average margin of nine lengths.
While her true ability over a staying distance is questionable due to the mediocre rivals she faced in the Crown Oaks, Mosheen proved a superstar in her own right over a shorter distance when easily beating home the boys on Saturday.
Ridden by Danny Nikolic from barrier six of eight, Mosheen never looked in doubt even when trailing, and saluted for the punters when storming home to win her fourth race from 10 starts.
On the line she had one and three quarter lengths to spare over classy Cranbourne galloper That’s The One ($6.50) while the Peter Moody-trained Highly Recommended ($11) finished off the trifecta a further length away in third.
Mosheen has now won over $1.6 million in career prize money, living up to her potential as a $250,000 purchase from the 2010 Australian Easter Yearling Sales.
She has been racing at the highest level since just her second career start when second to Peter Snowden’s superstar Sepoy in last year’s Golden Slipper at Rosehill.
Her other Group 1 runs were a second to Atlantic Jewel in the Thousand Guineas over the Caulfield mile last October and a credible sixth to Hurtle Myrtle in the Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on October 29.
This autumn she will return to Flemington and take on another Snowden star when she races against Caulfield Guineas winner Helmet in the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 3.
Last year’s Australian Guineas winner was Shamrocker, who also went on to take out the Australian Derby (2400m), and Mosheen is rated a $6.50 chance at Luxbet to make it two-from-two for the girls.
Prior to her first-up win over the weekend Mosheen was at $12 in the Australian Guineas 2012 odds at Luxbet.
Helmet, who is scheduled to return to racing in the $200,000 Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on February 18, retains favouritism at a quote of $3.20.
Heading into the Australian Guineas Mosheen will contest the $200,000 Group 3 The Vanity (1200m) at Flemington on February 18, won last year by subsequent Caulfield Guineas winner Southern Speed.
“I think at this stage The Vanity and then the Australian Guineas and then Sydney for the Coolmore Classic,” Smerdon said when discussing autumn plans.
The $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) runs at Rosehill on March 24.
Having been half-share-purchased for an undisclosed seven-figure sum by leviathan owner – breeder Katsumi Yoshida recently, Mosheen will eventually head to Japan to race, and Nikolic said he would travel that distance and further to stick on her back.
“I’ve been told I’ve been knocked for the ride over there,” he said.
“She’s my little ray of hope, the only decent horse I’m really riding.
“She had the race won a long way out, probably at the 600 (metres).
“When I asked her to sprint, she showed a good turn of foot.
“Mr Yhoshida’s bought into a really nice horse.
“Obviously whatever she goes around in she’s going to be hard to beat because she’s got class written all over her.
“There’s so much scope to this filly, she can win over six furlongs and she can win over a mile-and-a-half.
“It’s all thumps up for her right now.”
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2012 Shadwell Stud Australasia Manfred Stakes Results
Caulfield Race 5 – 04/02/2012
|1||1||MOSHEEN||Robert Smerdon||Danny Nikolic||–||7||57kg||$3.20F|
|2||5||THAT’S THE ONE||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Craig Williams||1.75L||9||56kg||$6.50|
|3||2||HIGHLY RECOMMENDED||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2.75L||5||57kg||$11|
|4||3||SECRET HILLS||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||3.05L||6||57kg||$6.50|
|5||10||BIG BUDDIE||Andrew Sawden||Peter Hutchinson||4.8L||8||56kg||$81|
|6||6||RIFLEMAN||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||6.05L||3||56kg||$4.80|
|7||4||PETMAN||John Hyam||Damien Oliver||6.35L||4||56kg||$6.50|
|8||9||AMERICAN DREAM||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||8.1L||2||56kg||$14|
|–||11||GRASKOP||Peter Snowden||Dean Yendall||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||NICONOISE||David Hayes||Mark Zahra||–||0||–||–|
|–||7||SEA TRYST||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||–||1||–||–|
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