Miss Mossman (NZ) can give a good sight second-up on home turf in the LR Matamata Cup (1600m) this Saturday.
Miss Mossman (4m Mossman – Dane Promise by Danehill) has come through her first-up run at Hastings in good order. “She’s pleased us in her work and, while she’s still well and truly on the way up, we still expect her to put in a cheeky run as long as the track’s okay,” said co-trainer Andrew Scott, who prepares the mare with Lance O’Sullivan.
“We will take advantage of a run on her home track and it’s a natural progression in distance.”
Formerly trained by John Sargent and Hayden Allen, Miss Mossman had her first outing for Wexford Stables at the Hawke’s Bay carnival and did well to run sixth over 1400 metres.
“We were pleased with her at Hastings where she put in a solid performance,” Scott said. “Obviously, she’s still at the improving stage and we’ll work her up in distance.”
The daughter of Vinery stallion Mossman beat older horses over a mile at Rotorua earlier this year before finishing a solid fifth in the G2 Sir Tristram Classic at her first appearance over ground.
She subsequently ran second to Miss Selby (O’Reilly) in the G3 Lowland Stakes before she turned the tables on the Hastings filly in the one that mattered – the G1 NZ Oaks at Trentham.
A wet autumn in Sydney resulted in unplaced Group 1 efforts in the Storm Queen Stakes and the Australian Oaks and her new trainers are optimistic for a lucrative spring and summer.
Miss Mossman was bred by Gerry Harvey and sold for $25,000 through the Westbury Stud draft at the 2012 NZB Select yearling sale at Karaka. She is a younger sister to Hong Kong winner Mighty Equus and is from the family of G1 Australian Derby winner Ivory’s Irish.