Mossman milestone in Coolmore Classic

Mossman mare Ofcoursiecan capped off an extraordinary afternoon for Vinery Stud sires with a thrilling win in the G1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill on Saturday.

Vinery flag-bearer More Than Ready sired a feature double with star filly Samaready (G2 Riesling Stakes) and glamour mare More Joyous (G2 Canterbury Stakes).  Then Mossman followed up with a Group 1 milestone in the Coolmore Classic.

Ofcoursiecan (5m Mossman – Yes She Can Cancan by Canny Lad) has gone from strength-to-strength for her trained Ron Quinton and owner-breeder David Bentata.  She won the LR Wenona Girl Hcp as a four year-old and has kept progressing with consecutive wins in the G3 Liverpool City Cup and G1 Coolmore Classic this prep.

Mossman was bursting to break through at the highest level after his top-class sprinter Buffering was beaten a nose by Hay List in the G1 VRC Newmarket Hcp a fortnight ago.  ”Mossman has been a remarkably consistent sire throughout his career despite small books early on,” Vinery’s Conor Phelan explained.  ”He’s a very consistent sire, his winners-to-runners is well above average regardless of whether he covered a book of 40 or 100.

“Most of Mossman’s stakes winners have come in the past two or three seasons which is a result of greater opportunity rather than better mares.”

Mossman is the sire of 18 stakes winners and, apart from Ofcoursiecan and Buffering, they include Triple Elegance, Neeson, Love Conquers All, Under The Eiffel and Golden Slipper runner-up Pure Energy.

The bottom half of Ofcoursiecan’s pedigree received an important international update this season.  Her younger half-brother Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) is the top three year-old colt in South Africa this season winning the G1 Queen’s Plate before a last-start placing behind champion mare Igugu in the G1 J&B Met.

Gimmethegreenlight will start favourite against his own age in the G1 South African Classic at Turffontein this Saturday, March 31.

Quinton and Bentata both know the value of a Group 1 on a catalogue page.  ”The Coolmore is a very important win for her- she’s a valuable broodmare now,” Quinton declared as Kathy O’Hara brought the mare back to scale at Rosehill.  “She is very honest and just stuck her head down when it counted.”

Ofcoursiecan’s dam Yes She Can Cancan was bred by Raheen Stud and the Queensland nursery has retained several of her close relations.  Her first foal La Goulue (Danehill Dancer) earned black-type at Morphettville and Raheen sold her Testa Rossa colt to Gary Portellli for $85,000 at the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions.

Raheen also owns Yes She Can Cancan’s half-sister Stepping (Dodge) who won four sprints in Brisbane.  Her ultra-impressive colt Club Command is being set for the Brisbane winter carnival by Peter Moody.

Raheen sold his yearling brother by Commands at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  Rookie Adelaide trainer Sam Kavanagh outlasted Moody with a winning bid of $160,000.

Mossman was a G1 juvenile winner of the Castlemaine Stakes at Eagle Farm and he returned the following season to claim the G2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley.  He is a son of G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Success Express and stands for a $27,500 fee at Vinery.