Meeska Mooska out on winning note

Meeska Mooska (Anna Jones) completing a hat trick of wins in fine style at Te Rapa yesterday.

Meeska Mooska (Anna Jones) completing a hat trick of wins in fine style at Te Rapa yesterday.

Meeska Mooska is heading to the spelling paddock just the way Cambridge trainer Graham Thomas likes to see it happen.

The talented stayer completed a hat trick of wins in the Fairview Motors 2100 at Te Rapa yesterday and will now be rested until being prepared for a spring campaign.

“He’s a happy horse and not over the top,” said Thomas. “It’s good to go out that way.

“He’s capable of going on for another race but what’s the use. It’s better to concentrate on next season for him. He’s such a good horse on a good track he doesn’t need to be going around on the wet tracks.

“He’s won two $25,000 races and a $30,000 one in his last three starts and that’s good going here in New Zealand.

“He can have four or five weeks out and come back for the undercard at the Hawke’s Bay (Spring) meeting. I think he could be a Counties and Avondale Cup horse.”

Meeska Mooska took his record to five wins from 17 starts yesterday and, as has been the case in his last four starts, he was again ridden by Matamata apprentice Anna Jones.

Jones had the son of El Hermano travelling along sweetly and when she asked him to lengthen stride in front he responded well, kicking clear early in the run home and sticking on well to win by two lengths from another Cambridge galloper, I’llav Bubbles, who continued her sound form.

Meeska Mooska’s last three wins have been over 2100 and his third to Liquid Asset at Matamata beforehand was at 2000, but Thomas, who trains in partnership with Nick Smith, believes he can be competitive at 1600 early in a new campaign at Hastings.