Premier Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote has unearthed another talented son of Vinery sire Mossman.
Heathcote prepares Mossman millionaire Buffering and he produced Neuschwanstein for a promising victory in the William & Eileen Duffus Memorial (1400m) on Wednesday.
Neuschwanstein (2g Mossman – Magical Love by Conatus) is named after a German castle and the removal of blinkers was behind his breakthrough at Eagle Farm.
“He’s still doing at lot wrong,” Heathcote said. “He’s got the makings of a nice horse and I’m sure the penny will drop next time in.”
Neuschwanstein is the 7th juvenile winner by Mossman this season. Triple Crown Syndications colt Dothraki leads his juvenile division with a Canterbury victory followed by black-type placings in the G2 Pago Pago Stakes and G3 Skyline Stakes.
Both youngsters are out of mares from the Danehill sireline.
Neuschwanstein is the first foal of former Baramul Stud mare Magical Love. She retired a maiden as did second dam Magic Regina (Magic Ring).
Magical Love is now owned by Northern NSW breeder Bianca Puengel who, coincidentally, has a German background. The mare foaled an Immovable Option colt after Neuschwanstein but wasn’t covered last year.
Mossman (Success Express) has now sired 87 individual winners in Australia this season and is poised to break his PB of 88 set last year.
Buffering has been his chief earner again with $744,500 in prizemoney. Heathcote is setting the gelding for a first-up tilt at the G1 Moir Stakes in September. He won the Moonee Valley feature when it was a G2 sprint back in 2012.
Vinery will stand Mossman for a $19,800 (inc gst) service fee this year.
– Karl Patterson
Rob Heathcote and winning connections at Eagle Farm