Big step for exciting Mosse

Cambridge trainer John Bell had been sitting nervously with plans A and B organised for his unbeaten four-year-old Mosse.

Bell has nominated Mosse for both the Group I $200,000 Sistema Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 1 and the Group I $250,000 J.R. & N. Berkett Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham 18 days later.

He is obviously keen to chase both major sprints with Mosse, but the big worry is whether or not the horse will make the field for the two races.

Mosse has a rating of 85 and Bell knows he will need a higher rating to ensure a start in the features. And that fact had also been a concern over the next step for the horse.

After yet another stylish win, at Ellerslie on November 6, Bell has aimed Mosse at Saturday’s Group III $70,000 The Aussie Butcher Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie, but had nervously waited for the nominations to close to determine the strength of the field.

“The Concorde is the ideal stepping stone towards the Railway, but if he missed out on a start in that I’d have had to wait and run him in a Rating 85 1200 at Te Rapa the following Saturday,” said Bell. “But really I want to see how he measures up to open company. I’ve got no idea as to the extent of how deep his tank goes. He’s just stepping up each time.”

Mosse created a big impression with two trials wins before scoring on debut at Pukekohe last April, after which he was put aside for a spell. “He was 600kg at Counties and really his ideal racing weight is between 585kg and maybe 590kg,” said Bell. “He’s a big boy.”

Mosse resumed with a rating 65 win at Taupo on September 10, then won a rating 75 at Ellerslie later the same month before successfully taking the step up to rating 85 last time.

“He’s a beautifully natured horse,” said Bell, who also part-owns the son of O’Reilly with Benedict Sin. “After he works, he’s so relaxed. He just goes to sleep.”

Bell is also excited over the prospects of stablemates Storming The Tower and Senna, both of whom he also owns in partnership with Sin.

Storming The Tower has won three of his nine starts and been placed on five occasions. He finished ninth in the Group II DHL Counties Cup at Pukekohe last start, but was making ground nicely over the final stages.

“The wide draw beat him,” said Bell. “Nothing went right for him, but the last 50 metres he flew home. He’s been improving all the time and is an exciting stayer.”

Storming The Tower has been entered for the Dunstan Feeds Championship Qualified, a rating 85 2200 metres, at Ellerslie on Saturday and is nominated for the City Of Auckland Cup on January 1, the Wellington Cup on January 26 and the Auckland Cup on March 6.

Senna, a son of Savabeel, has won twice and been unlucky on several occasions. He won over 2400 metres two starts ago at Ellerslie and had no luck when sixth at Pukekohe last time.

“Jason (Waddell) rang up after the race and blamed himself for the effort,” said Bell. “He said it was a three out of 10 ride. Jason had a hell of a day and you have just got to look ahead. The horse has come through the race well and will run over 2400 metres at Te Rapa on Saturday week.”