Moochi Me on comeback trail

Moochi Me and Michael Coleman completing an exhibition gallop at Te Awamutu yesterday. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Moochi Me and Michael Coleman completing an exhibition gallop at Te Awamutu yesterday. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

A quiet exhibition gallop between races at Te Awamutu yesterday has the highly talented Cambridge mare Moochi Me on track for a return to racing.

Moochi Me’s regular jockey Michael Coleman, is under suspension, but he made a special trip to Te Awamutu to ride the Dubawi mare in her solo gallop and was pleased with her performance.

“I didn’t ask her to do much but she did it well,” said Coleman. “She feels a lot stronger.”

Moochi Me suffered a bleeding attack when a close second to fellow Cambridge mare Kelly O’Reilly in the Gr. 2 NRM Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Avondale last November and trainer Darrel Lang is looking forward to her reappearance in a Rating 85 1200 metres at Ellerslie on May 30.

“The plan is to run her at Ellerslie then if all goes well she can run in the Wealleans Classic, the fillies and mares race at Tauranga next month,” said Lang. “I don’t want her having a real hard race first-up and if she wins that’s great, but I won’t be disappointed if she doesn’t.

“I just want to get her through the (first-up) run and have her ready for Tauranga. Her sire stands at a $200,000 stud fee so if she can get win black-type she is going to be a very valuable mare.”

Moochi Me has won three of her six starts and been runner-up on two occasions with the Avondale placing coming in her first black-type assignment.

Lang plans to freshen Moochi Me again after the Wealleans Tauranga Classic on June 20 and consider starts in the Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa and the Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings.

“It will all be depending on how she goes at Tauranga and how she does afterwards,” said Lang. “I’ve given her all the right treatment and I’ve had all the right advice about her (bleeding) problem and hopefully she will come back.

“It’s been a team effort to get her right and I’m overwhelmed by all the people who have helped. She has become a real favourite with a lot of people.”