Terrific tribute for Mossman

Caulfield trainer Clinton McDonald praised Vinery sire Mossman after Forty Thirty scored a facile four length victory at Caulfield on Saturday.

Forty Thirty (4g Mossman – Sacred Mountain by Flying Spur) was never in danger of losing the MRC Don Abell Cup over 1600 metres.  He jumped straight to the front under Brad Wallace and spaced them in the straight.

“The Mossmans are a terrific breed,” McDonald claimed.  “We’ve had a good run with them.  He’s also the sire of Second Effort who won the Wangoom Hcp for us at Warrnambool last month.”

Forty Thirty is a homebred for Ascot Lodge owners Les and Deb Cowell.  His dam Sacred Mountain won races at Kembla Grange and Sunshine Coast for the Cowells when she was trained by Gerald Ryan.

Forty Thirty began his career with Ryan before transferring to McDonald at the start of the current season.  “Everything’s fallen into place with him down here,” McDonald said.  “Brad’s claim brought him in with a light weight and we decided to jump and make the others chase.

“He set a strong tempo early on and then had a breather down the side.  He had them off the bit on the corner and will be winning more races going on that performance.”

Mossman has just broken through the $5 million mark in Australian earnings for 2010-11 and is bubbling under the Top 10 on the sires’ premiership.

His flag-bearers this season have been G1 Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican and star-crossed sprinter Buffering who has been placed in six Group 1 events this season.

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