Mossman has another Group 1 galloper on the horizon after Backbone blitzed his rivals in the LR Galilee Final at Mornington on Sunday.
Backbone (3g Mossman – Fuss by At Talaq) increased the Vinery sire’s black-type tally to 19 and trainer Mick Kent now has designs on the G1 South Australian Derby in May. The budding stayer had chimed in for victories at Kilmore (1600m) and Cranbourne (2025m) before extending his winning range to 2400m on Easter Sunday.
Backbone is bred to get over ground. His dam Fuss won five races up to 2200m topped by a G3 victory in the VRC Devon Park Stud Stakes at Flemington. She is a daughter of 1986 Melbourne Cup winner At Talaq.
The Galilee Final winner was a bargain $34,000 buy from Phoenix Farm at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale. Later that year, agent Peter Ford bought Fuss in foal to War Pass for $15,000 at the Magic Millions National Sale.
Mossman (Success Express) opened his G1 account when Ofcourseican claimed the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill in March. His 19 stakes winners head an overall record of 235 individual winners at a 64% strike rate since he retired to Vinery.
Kent is keen to bounce back with Backbone after a disappointing start to the year with Unusual Suspect. The USA import didn’t acclimatize on a trip to the Gulf and was withdrawn from the Dubai World Cup.
Kent has G1 AJC Oaks winner Absolutely (Redoute’s Choice) back on track for the G1 Doncaster Mile after she put the writing on the wall in the G2 Ajax Stakes at Rosehill last month.
And stablemate Pauling can keep progressing second-up over a 1600m at Ballarat this Thursday. The Desert King gelding won like a good horse on debut at Moonee Valley last month.