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After missing the entire spring carnival due to a virus, there was always going to be a question regarding Mossfun’s first run in ten months.
The Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) winner resumed in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 14 and while connections were lenient with their expectations considering the filly had been away from the track for such a long time, they were understandably disappointed when she failed to finish the race off.
Mossfun was off the rails in the first few and worked to be the outside lead. She was just a length back at the 500m but couldn’t run out the trip, finishing three lengths off winner Adrift in sixth place.
Tommy Berry rode Mossfun in the Light Fingers Stakes, his first time aboard the filly since winning the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) one year earlier, and admitted he expected a better result in the race.
“She was very disappointing but she went keen over 1200 metres and in hindsight, the Hawkes Team said 1200 was probably too far for her first-up,” he told Sky Racing.
Mossfun’s trainers Team Hawkes had to reevaluate their autumn plans for the filly, coming up with a fresh approach that includes the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick this Saturday.
Berry expects the filly to enjoy the 1000 metre trip a lot more than the 1200 metres of the Light Fingers Stakes.
“She is back to 1000 metres on Saturday and while she is out of her own age group there does look to be a lot of pace in the race which will suit her,” he said.
“She has always been better ridden a bit quiet.”
Mossfun is one of nine horses set to tackle the 2015 Challenge Stakes this Saturday. She will carry the minimum weight of 54kg as she jumps from barrier six. The filly will enjoy the return to 1000m, which she won her maiden at in December 2013.
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