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Spare a thought for Mossman

While all the accolades were for Mossfun on Saturday, and rightly so after a resounding win in the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill, let’s not forget her sire, the perennial Mossman.

Mossman is a remarkable stallion, he is bordering on 19 of years age, a time when it would be expected the majority of stallions are scaling down, yet this old fellow is like the Mississippi, he just keeps rolling along ,he can still mix it with the best, as illustrated with the success of Mossfun .                                  

He has retained his fertility and pre-potency, he is from a family that produced a Golden Slipper winner in Guineas.

Mossman originally stood at Peter Moran’s Noble Park Stud, at Innisplain, Queensland, before going to Vinery in the Hunter Valley.

His first season in the Hunter was almost a non event, he covered just 20 mares, soon after he suffered a severe attack of colic and was fortunate to have survived.

He showed the same tenacity in illness as he did when racing, he was tough as his race record shows, and his progeny display that same toughness as shown by Mossfun in the Slipper.

Mossman is by Success Express, his greatest claim to fame was his success in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Group 1 at Hollywood Park, his pedigree, you could walk away from, yet he would rate reasonably well as a sire when you include Polar Success, a Golden Slipper winner, Savannah Success and Staging into the mix.

Three top race mares, you cannot do much better than that, siring three Group 1 winning mares

The late Robert Holmes a’Court imported Success Express to stand at his palatial stud farm at Wallan, but that never came to fruition due to his premature death.

Success Express stood at several studs thereafter, but could never quite find a permanent home, he even stood in New Zealand for a time.

He was at Widden 11 years ago and had time at Vinery before fading away into obscurity.

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Mossman at Vinery 

 

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A Quality draft for Easter 

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 Lot 148 Bay or Brown Colt (Aug 22) by More Than Ready from Perfect Drop placed at Group level three times, dam of Vintage Drop a winner, from the family of Triscay, La Baraka and Tsuimai etc.  

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Lot 157 Chestnut Colt (Oct 4) by More Than Ready from Pravana five wins placed Group level, from the family of Cronus and champion filly of her year Samantha Miss.

 

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Lot 166 Bay Filly (1Aug 8) by More Than Ready from Purrpurrlena a four time city winner by Catbird, placed at Group 3 level, sister to Star Cat, Cheerful Master winner in Hong Kong half sister to Tetsuko . This is her first foal.

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Lot 263 Bay or Brown Colt (Aug12) by Street Cry from Typhoon Tracy a champion race mare Aust. Horse of the Year in 2009-10, 11 wins from 1200 to 1600 metres $2.438,600 stakes six times Group 1 success, grand dam Tracy’s Element champion two year old and older mare in South Africa.

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Lot 266 Bay or Brown Colt (Sep 10) by More Than Ready from Unspoken Choice a half sister to Redoute’s Choice, Manhattan Rain, Platinum Scissors, dam of four foals to race three winners.

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Lot 315 Bay Colt (Aug 8) by Congrats from Antarctic Miss (NZ) a dual city winner to 1200 metres MVRC Champagne Stakes Group 3 third MRC Thousand Guineas Group1 this is her second foal.

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Lot 328 Bay or Brown Filly (Nov16) by More Than Ready from Astrodame four wins from 1200-1600 metres $515,925 winner of MVRC Stocks Stakes Group 2 three quarter sister to Darsini dam of Mahisara.

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Lot 345 Bay Filly (Oct 22) by More Than Ready from Bollinger five wins include Coolmore Classic Group 1 Surround Stakes, Group 2, South Pacific Classic Group 3 dam of four to race all winners second dam Bint Marscay Golden Slipper Stakes Group 1, the product of an impressive winning family.

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Lot 364 Bay Filly (Oct 6) by More Than Ready from Champagne Harmony by Choisir,three wins to 1200 metres SAJC Yallambee Classic Group 2, her first foal a two year old from the family that produced Champagne seven wins to 2400 metres stakes of $1,912,269.

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Lot 410 Bay or Brown Colt (Sep 16) by More Than Ready from Divine Rebel sound staying mare winner of six races to 2600 metres this is her second foal grand dam It’s My Sin produced 11 foals to race 10 were winners.

 

 

 

Great Week For Vinery

Vinery is on the crest of a wave at present, or at least their sires are, with Mossman rising to the occasion with a Group 1 success to his credit when Miss Mossman won the New Zealand Oaks.

After her Group 1 win, needless to say there have been a few offers for the filly, but no one is in a hurry to dispose of her, certainly not at present.

She obviously has quite a bit of class, the Oaks was her third win, previously she had not won beyond 1400 metres, the additional 1000 metres was no problem to her as was shown, the winning margin was 2 ½ lengths.

Mossman has enjoyed a great season with the Group 1 Oaks, capping it off nicely, he is represented by just three yearlings in the Easter Sale with a filly and two colts, lot 520 is bred on the same cross as Miss Mossman.

More Than Ready is also having a productive season which will ensure his draft will be well sought after; he had a winner at Cranbourne during the week, followed by a double at Newcastle.

He is represented by 106 winners this season; his winning strike rate is 36.6 per cent, with progeny earnings of $4.691 million for the season.

 

All Too Hard covers a select group of mares

Former weight for age star, All Too Hard, has covered an outstanding group of mares in his first season at Vinery.

Few stallions have had a more impressive list of mares awaiting his services than the weight for age star of the 2012-13 racing season.

He was the star act of his three year old season in defeating Pierro in the Caulfield Guineas, and only beaten a whisker by Ocean Park in the Cox Plate

All Too Hard returned to racing in the Autumn, a much better horse than in the Spring, a fair assessment by three to four kgs.

He ruled the roost in the Autumn winning the Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes at Caulfield, and the All Aged Stakes at Randwick.

There was nothing left to prove, he had done it all, the logical option was to go to stud as a sire, sound in wind and limb, with Vinery in the Hunter Valley, meeting all the criteria.

The response for services has been overwhelming, beyond expectations, he is getting the support a horse of his calibre deserves.

Triple Melbourne Cup winner, Makybe Diva, Coolmore Classic success, Bollinger ,and Zouzou the dam of Zoustar, were lining up awaiting his presence 

All Too Hard covered no less than 18 Group 1 winners, including Allez Wonder, Bel Mer, Devil Moon , Fashions Afield, Headway, Mid Summer Music, Mitjulisa Lass, Reginmental Gal, Scarlett Lady, Serious Speed, Sun Classique, and an additional 54 individual Group, or Listed, winners.

The book also includes dams of N Z Champion two year old of last season, Rudd Awakening, and three times winner, and Champion miler, in Singapore Better Life, Cox Plate winner, Savabeel, and Golden Slipper victor, Polar Success.

“ It was a difficult decision for us to retire a colt with so much more to offer as a racehorse, particularly with the Championships on offer this year, “ said Vinery’s general manager Peter Orton “ “All Too Hard did all we could have asked for, and more, on the track, and is now excelling in the breeding barn,” he added.

All Too Hard is the only horse in Australia to be sold at public auction for a seven figure sum, and double its original purchase price in stake money.

 

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All Too Hard had a busy season at Vinery

 

Mossfun keeps record in tact

Mossfun, a winner at her last three starts, is generating a lot of interest in the Golden Slipper market after her authoritative win in the Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

It was another jewel in the crown for her sire, Mossman, who is experiencing a remarkable season at Vinery.

Now in his nineteenth year, and his thirteenth season at stud, it is not that common to see a sire get a precocious two year old, such as Mossfun, in what should be regarded as his declining years.

Mossman is the exception and certainly not the rule, he could be likened to a good red, it just gets better with age.

He has inherited much of that longevity from his own sire, Success Express, who stood at several studs throughout Australia and also in New Zealand at one stage.

It would be fitting to see Mossman sire a Golden Slipper winner as he is from a family that has produced a Slipper success in Guineas, who won the coveted Slipper in 1997.

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Mossman - A great head study

Mossfun is coming into calculations as a definite Slipper threat, she has proved she has the speed to be handy for most of the trip and can run on as was shown of Saturday.

 
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