Caulfield horseman Robert Smerdon has quelled rumours that glamour mare Mosheen had been retired after she failed to appear in either the Cox Plate second acceptances or the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations saying that a time-poor preparation meant her new spring goal was the 2012 Myer Classic at Flemington in November.
A four time Group 1 winner, Fastnet Rock four-year-old Mosheen had looked out of sorts this season failing in her opening two assignments – albeit over unsuitably short sprint distances.
Having undergone a minor throat operation to rectify a breathing problem Mosheen missed out on some crucial work and found herself behind the eight ball.
Last Saturday she finished fifth to Detours in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield and earlier this week Smerdon was saying it was all systems go for the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) back at the track this Sunday.
Yesterday however Mosheen was not among the 19 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations, nor did her name appear in the 42 second declarations for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 27 a decision influenced by senior owner Phil Sly.
Her absence prompted the quick spread of retirement rumours with ‘news’ out she would be sent immediately to Japan where her majority owner K. Yoshida is based, to serve as a broodmare.
Smerdon however has since come out confirming Mosheen was still fighting fit and would continue on with her Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign, a readjustment of her preparation seeing her now target the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 3.
“She’ll go to the Blazer, Tristarc, Myer Classic,” he said.
“We just ran out of time for the Cox Plate, simple as that.”
The Blazer Stakes is now known as the $220,000 Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes (1400m) and runs at Flemington Saturday week while the $220,000 Group 2 Harrolds Tristarc Stakes (1400m) takes place at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup Day, October 20.
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