Mossfun Will Target Sprints in 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival

Three-year-old filly Mossfun is back in work ahead of a busy 2015 autumn campaign.

2014 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun has returned to work after a long break.

2014 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun has returned to work after a long break. Photo by Steve Hart.

After winning the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5, connections had envisioned a run in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in November for the filly. However they ran out of time to get her ready for the race after she suffered a virus early in the spring.

In the end, Mossfun missed the spring racing carnival entirely.

“To go into the Coolmore with the calibre of field that it was we felt that she was just too soft and that it would be a waste of time,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes told RSN’s Racing Ahead.

“So we decided to give her a break and she’s thriving, she looks magnificent. She’s got a bit taller I think and she’s gotten a lot stronger.”

Hawkes said that while the filly’s autumn campaign is not yet fully realised, she will be aimed towards sprint feature races in either Sydney or Melbourne, sticking with the formula that proved so successful last autumn in her debut campaign.

Mossfun had a fantastic autumn campaign as a two-year-old, winning the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) first up before an easy four length victory in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m). The filly lost her first race in March, finishing runner-up in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m), where she was unable to pick up the winner.

She then earned her place in the 2014 Golden Slipper field, for which she was $5.50 second favourite at She was slow away from barrier 11 and was second last early in the race. But after cutting the corner on the turn she went to the lead with 250 metres to go. The filly proved too strong over the final stages and found the line well to win by three-quarters of a length, earning her connections a cool $2 million.

It will be at least ten months between runs when Mossfun returns in the autumn, with everyone keen to see if the fast filly can uphold her juvenile success.

Hawkes Racing are also responsible for four-year-old sprint stars Chautauqua and Deep Field, who are set to return to work in the coming week.

“Chatauqua is currently still out spelling but he’s thriving and has done very well,” Michael said.

“I saw Deep Field last Thursday and he’s still out in the paddock but those two are due to come back in work in the later part of the week or next week.

“They’re both thriving and they both look absolutely awesome.”

With three spectacular sprinters to their name, team Hawkes are set to dominate the autumn carnivals in Sydney and Melbourne.

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