Mossman maintained his buoyant black-type strike-rate this season when Absalon dominated the LR Recognition Stakes (1600m) at Doomben on Saturday.
The Sam Kavanagh trained gelding handled the heavy conditions to score by over a length from Fillydelphia and Elmantosh.
Absalon (5g Mossman – Danish Seaway by Danehill) is a homebred for Gerry Harvey and was winning his third interstate race this year after priors at Morphettville and Randwick. “I was worried about the going but we decided to press ahead,” Kavanagh said. “He’s got a lot of talent and has been in terrific form.”
So has his sire Mossman. Absalon helped the Vinery stallion crack $3 million in prizemoney this season in the Recognition Stakes which was worth $82,000.
Mossman’s champion sprinter Buffering has been at the forefront with Group 1 victories in the MVRC Manikato Stakes, VRC Sprint Classic and WA Winterbottom Stakes.
He also sired the Melbourne spring carnival stakes winners Second Effort, Dothraki and Plucky Belle as well as South African G2 winner Royal Zulu Warrior.
Kavanagh will stay in Queensland with Absalon for the Brisbane Hcp (1600m) at Eagle Farm on December 14. The gelding failed to make a $45,000 reserve at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has now earned almost $225,000 for Harvey.
Absalon had won the LR Dalrello Stakes (1200m) at Doomben in June 2011 when trained by Jason McLachlan. His dam Danish Seaway is a winning full sister to Hong Kong Group winner Sir Ernesto and half sister to Sydney stakes winner Angling.
Harvey sent the mare to his NZ base at Westbury Stud in 2010 and she has a 2yo filly by Tavistock and a yearling filly by Swiss Ace.
Mossman (Success Express) stands for a $19,800 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery.