Mosse being taken along slowly

Cambridge trainer John Bell is still taking the cautious approach with his stable star Mosse.

Mosse created a huge impression when unbeaten in his first five starts and has been off the scene since his winning streak was ended at Tauranga last January when beaten by Rough Odds.

Mosse underwent an operation for the removal of an obscured cyst earlier this year and Bell says he has progressed well.

“He’s looking after the young ones at present,” said Bell. “He’s been on the walker and done a lot of swimming and he’s doing well. I‘m in no hurry with him. The more time he has, the better.

“We’ve been taking the weight off gradually and he’s looking good. He’ll tell us when he’s ready to go back to the races.

Mosse’s return to the racetrack will be a big attraction, such is the talent he showed as he surged through the grades, particularly when powering home to take the Gr. 3 Aussie Butcher Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie last December. That performance was amazing and stamped him as one of the country’s most exciting sprinters.

Though Mosse’s record was spoilt by his defeat at Tauranga last start, he lost no creditably with his second. He ran his last 600 metres faster than anything on the day and that was carrying the knee problem.

Mosse had returned from a spell and was in work when Bell decided to back off him.

“He wasn’t far off being sped up in his work, but I wasn’t happy,” said Bell earlier this year. “He’d work magnificently then sometimes falter a little afterwards. It was only now and again, but there was something there hurting him. He’d turn and feel a twinge.”

Mosse underwent x-rays and a complete body scan after which the problem was discovered. It wasn’t until bringing up the x-rays on the big screen that the vets discovered a cyst on his knee joint.

“He’s probably had it all his life, but it was so obscure it wasn’t found,” remarked Bell after the operation.