The sky’s the limit for Australian Guineas champion Mosheen with her trainer Robert Smerdon eyeing off one of the spring’s most coveted prizes, the 2012 Cox Plate.
The brilliant Fastnet Rock filly became the first horse in history to win the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) from a double digit gate on the weekend, Mosheen overcoming barrier 16 of 16 to beat home Strike The Stars by an easy three lengths in the Flemington classic.
Mosheen is now a dual Group 1 winner, the Australian Guineas title added to her smashing nine-length Crown Oaks victory during the spring, and now Smerdon is looking towards an even tougher assignment for his star three-year-old.
Smerdon admitted that after Mosheen, who has now amassed over $2 million in career prize money, beat the boys in the Australian Guineas that the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October during the 2012 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival was looking a very nice goal.
The Victorian horseman said that after watching the rise through the ranks of Greg Eurell’s Cranbourne mare Pinker Pinker last spring, the four-year-old scoring an upset victory in the 2011 Cox Plate, he had even more confidence Mosheen could attempt the same feat.
“I know everyone gets stars in their eyes when they get a good horse and think they could win a Cox Plate, but maybe she is,” Smerdon said.
Jockey Dan Nikolic, aboard for both of Mosheen’s Group 1 victories, agreed.
“She has shown that she can relax in a slow or fast-run race and she has the sprint that separates good and great horses,” he said.
“There is no doubt she can ran just as fast sectionals as all these top weight-for-age horses, but until she gets into those races you don’t know for sure.
“But there is no reason why she would not measure up to a race like the Cox Plate with a bit more strength and maturity.”
Before the spring and a big Cox Plate 2012 bid, however, Mosheen has other Group 1 wins in her sights.
There are a plethora of elite level autumn features coming up that Mosheen’s part-owner Phil Sly believes are within her reach including the $500,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Royal Randwick on March 17.
The 2012 Randwick Guineas is also on the agenda for Ron Leemon’s ace galloper Manawanui who lost the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on protest at Rosehill last Saturday to Wild And Proud, another Randwick Guineas hopeful.
Following the Randwick Guineas other possible targets for Mosheen this season include the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 24 or the $550,000 Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 21.
“Has she pulled up any good? I spoke to Liam, the stable foreman, and he said she was squealing when she was put in the roller,” Smerdon said.
“There is nothing there to stop you going ahead to Sydney.”
Sly then indicated that Mosheen, a half-share of which was recently purchased by Japanese owner Katsumi Yoshida, will be racing in Japan later in the year with Nikolic to take the mount internationally.
“I think I’m only a couple of months away from gaining a license to own horses in Japan,” Sly said.
“We also want to get Dan (Nikolic) a license to ride there.
“Mosheen will race there later in the year.”
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