Black-type blitz by Mossman

Vinery sire Mossman can maintain his black-type blitz with another interstate stakes double this Saturday.

Mossman has Exit The Universe and Mossrover engaged in the LR Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast while his gelding Double Impact has accepted for the G3 Gold Coast Guineas.

Over in Adelaide, Backbone has been installed one of the favourites for the G1 SA Derby at Morphettville.  The Mossman three year-old won the LR Galilee Final at Mornington before a last-start fourth in the LR VRC St Leger at Flemington.

Mossman was in the spotlight on Wednesday with a feature double courtesy of Second Effort at Warrnambool and Buffering at Eagle Farm.

Second Effort (5g Mossman – Relativity by Geiger Counter) became Mossman’s 20th individual stakes winner when he bagged the time-honoured LR Wangoom Handicap (1200m).  He benefited from a superb Dan Nikolic ride to deny Wealth Princess by a half head.

“He’s a terrific horse and we set him for this race 12 months ago,” trainer Clint McDonald said.  “We will aim him for weight-for-age races like the Monash and Bletchingly Stakes and the Liston Stakes.  I think he’s up to that grade.”

Second Effort has won 8 of his 19 starts and over $300,000 prizemoney.  Lindsay Park sent him to the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale but bidding failed to reach a $50,000 reserve.

Mossman flag-bearer Buffering laid down the gauntlet to his rivals for the Brisbane winter sprints with a seven length victory at the postponed Eagle Farm meeting on Wednesday.

Buffering (4g Mossman – Action Annie by Anabaa) scored a runaway victory over former Horse of the Year Scenic Blast in the weight-for-age Coca-Cola Amatil Hcp.

Buffering started a short-priced favourite after outstanding runs against Black Caviar and Hay List in Melbourne.  “He put them to the sword after racing against the best two sprinters in the world,” trainer Robbie Heathcote said.  “The plan was to go to the front.  He led Black Caviar and Hay List and there was no way I wanted him to hand up it here.”

Buffering cost just $22,000 from the Racetree draft at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS yearling sale.  He has now won 9 of 24 starts and earned over $1.45 million.  And there’s more to come at the winter carnival in the G1 BTC Cup, G1 Doomben 10,000 and G1 Stradbroke Hcp.

Mossman weighed in with a third winner on Wednesday with Mossamine in the aptly named Mossman@Vinery Handicap (1550m) at Canterbury.  The tough-as-teak gelding became the first winner Hall Of Fame trainer Lee Freedman had saddled at the midweek circuit since Naturalism captured the 1990 Canterbury Cup.

Riverina based Mossmeister made it four winners in 24 hours for Mossman when he claimed a restricted race on the opening day of the Wagga Cup carnival on Thursday.

Mossman enjoyed a bumper autumn with Sydney mare Ofcourseican scoring a well-deserved victory in the G1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.  She finished that campaign with another game effort when third to Atlantic Jewel and Rain Affair in the G1 All-Aged Stakes on April 28.

Mossman (Success Express) will stand for a $27,500 (inc gst) fee at Vinery in 2012.

Mossman flag-bearer set for a winning winter carnival