Second to none in Lawrence Stakes

Vinery sire Mossman landed his first stakes win of the season courtesy of Second Effort in the Group 2 Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Second Effort (6g Mossman – Relativity by Geiger Counter) was always prominent before surging clear in the straight to defeat pacemaker Zamorar (Scandal Keeper) and Ready To Rip (More Than Ready).

“He’s a terrific horse and we set him for this race after he won the Wangoom at Warrnambool in May,” trainer Clinton McDonald said.  “He loves wet tracks and I thought he was a real chance after working so well here during the week.

“The Mossmans are a terrific breed,” McDonald claimed.  “We’ve had a good run with them and he’s also the sire of Forty Thirty.”

A hour after the Lawrence Stakes, Forty Thirty almost completed a double for his sire and the stable at Caulfield before fading to finish second in the Winslow Constructors Plate (1600m).  Since the start of June, he has won 3 races and been placed 5 times in 8 starts.

Second Effort has now earned almost $440,000 for connections.  Bred in South Australia by Geoff and Christine Tucker, he was catalogued for the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale but bidding failed to reach a $50,000 reserve.

His dam Relativity won five races under the care of David Jolly.  The Tuckers operate Little Hills Pastoral which is located on the southern tip of Yorke Peninsula.  They also raced his second dam Western Zip (Zephyr Zip) who was a juvenile stakes winner in Perth.

Mossman has sired 20 stakes winners among an overall total of 245 individual winners.  They have won 708 races at a remarkable 65% strike-rate.

The Vinery resident will up the ante again when his flag-bearer Buffering arrives in Melbourne for the spring carnival.

Buffering will surely win his first Group 1 sprint during a campaign that includes the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley and Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington.  Trained by Robbie Heathcote, he has posted seven placings at the elite level and has chased home Black Caviar in three of them.

Mossman (Success Express) will stand for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee in 2012.