The countdown to the Sydney Spring Racing...
She was only one place away from causing one of the biggest upset in Australian racing history so there will be no surprises if Mosheen gets up to win the Quezette Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday.
Only Sepoy was better than her in the 2011 Golden Slipper, a big shock given her triple figure odds.
Trainer Robert Smerdon will be aiming her towards the same lofty heights in her three year old season though with the 2011 Thousand Guineas the main target on the radar.
Despite being Golden Slipper placed, Mosheen has only had the one other start, a win in a field of five at Caulfield back in March.
Leon Cortsens was the man in charge for her debut campaign but Smerdon is confident he can take her to the next level.
“She’s done a fair bit towards this first-up run,” Smerdon said.
“She’s ready to be very competitive but we’re hoping she just gets better and more effective out to a middle distance later in the spring, the Thousand Guineas being her ultimate aim.
“And if she can get beyond that distance she’ll head on towards races like the Oaks.”
They even haven’t ruled out the Cox Plate should she do something incredible in her next few starts.
“It’s another dream isn’t it,” Smerdon said.
Jockey Danny Nikolic will continue his association with the filly after almost making history with her as a two year old.
“Danny rode her as a two-year-old and he stays on her for the preparation,” Smerdon said.
She’ll run without blinkers and a lugging bit this Saturday where she encounters a field of 12 rivals in what’s tipped to be a cracker of a race.
She came up with barrier 1 in the event which ahs seen her odds firm even further with online bookmaker Luxbet.
She’s now the $3.50 favourite ahead of the $4.80 Satin Shoes and the $5.50 Glissade.
While there will be plenty of interest in her first up run for the season she’ll no doubt be overshadowed by the comeback of Sepoy in the Vain Stakes.
He’s tipped to continue where he left off as a two year old and the tiny $1.40 quote form Luxbet reflects how good the horse is.
Trainer Peter Snowden says he’s happy as he can be with the horse and see’s no reason why he can’t win on Saturday.
“We never want to declare anything but he is certainly going to be turned out on Saturday in great shape,” he said.
“Physically he’s a much more mature horse.
“He has strengthened up and grown a lot more and is just a lot more laid-back in himself.
“He is still as sharp as he ever was on the track.”
His major target for the spring of 2011 is the Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m at Flemington on Derby Day.
In what would be an absolute blockbuster Snowden has also left the door open for a dream matchup with unbeaten mare Black Caviar.
“We will have to wait and see,” Snowden said.
Sepoy will jump from gate six of 10 in the 2011 Vain Stakes with experienced jockey Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
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