After a below average return to racing a fortnight ago, four time Group 1 winner Mosheen is ready to race second up at Caulfield on Saturday where trainer Robert Smerdon is hoping for a better showing in the 2012 How Now Stakes.
Winner of the Australian Guineas – Randwick Guineas – Vinery Stud Stakes triple in the autumn, Fastnet Rock mare Mosheen made her four-year-old debut off a five month break on September 8.
With 59kg on her back over an unsuitably short 1200m however the 2012 Cox Plate hopeful could only manage to finish seven lengths away 13th to We’re Gonna Rock in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington.
Smerdon credits her below-par run in the Bobbie Lewis to the minor throat surgery she underwent to recover from a breathing problem.
While the surgery itself went off without a hitch it was the work she missed because of it that saw her fall a bit behind the eight ball.
“The day she had the surgery she was due to trial over 1200 metres,” Smerdon said.
“Then we gave her a quiet week after that and then started doing a bit more, but you’re really not back to where you left off.
“So there was probably a bigger hole in the middle of her preparation than I first thought.”
On Saturday she is sticking to a shorter distance again lining up in the How Now Stakes, registered this year as the $150,000 Sportingbet Spring Series Heat 2 Stakes (1200m) where her possible rivals include Myer Classic winner Hurtle Myrtle, the Clarry Conners-trained Satin Shoes and Curtana.
Smerdon is confident Mosheen will have come on since her first run and will be more competitive this weekend before she goes third-up into the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) back at Caulfield on September 30.
“She’s going well but we’ve got quite a bit of ground to make up …. she needs some match practice,” he said.
Mosheen’s main aim this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is then the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.
In the latest Cox Plate odds at bookmaker.com.au she pays a generous $31 to upset the early favourites Pierro ($5), Manighar ($6) and More Joyous ($7).
Acceptances for all the Underwood Stakes Day races are due out shortly including the How Now Stakes field.
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