Leading Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida decided to stay home instead of watching his outstanding filly Mosheen win the G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington on Saturday.
Yoshida was at Hanshin for the G3 Tulip Sho which is one of the final lead-ups for the Japanese 1000 Guineas. His filly Epice Arome (Daiwa Major) was beaten over two lengths into second place but he kept in touch with Mosheen’s connections via his mobile.
The Yoshida family control Japan’s Shadai Stallion Station and they purchased a half-share in Mosheen earlier this year. “This is more important to Katsumi than the Japan race,” managing part-owner Phil Sly said. “I’ve never heard a bloke squeal like that on the phone.”
Mosheen was a $250,000 buy from Bylong Park at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale. She was runner-up to Sepoy in last year’s G1 Golden Slipper and returned as a spring three year-old to claim the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes prior to a nine length victory in the G1 VRC Oaks.
The Robert Smerdon trained filly benefited from a superb Dan Nikolic ride to win the Australian Guineas by three lengths. The filly had drawn wide against the colts but was travelling midfield on the fence after a furlong. She will now head to Sydney for the Coolmore Classic and a possible tilt at the Doncaster Mile.
Mosheen (3f Fastnet Rock – Sumehra by Stravinsky) has a half-brother by Zabeel among Bylong Park’s consignment at this year’s Inglis Easter yearling sale. Their second dam Miss Priority (Kaapstad) is a half-sister to Might And Power.