Sale forced on Mosse

The unbeaten Cambridge sprinter Mosse seems destined to be sold overseas after suffering a double whammy of blows for the Gr.1 $200,000 Sistema Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on Tuesday.

Despite being a hugely impressive winner of the Gr.3 Aussie Butcher Concorde Handicap at Ellerslie earlier this month, Mosse has missed out on a definite start in the Railway, being left two on the ballot when acceptances closed at 10am today.

And adding to the blow is the fact the exciting sprinter has landed the outside draw of 20 in the 1200-metres sprint, making it very tough even if he does get the sufficient two scratchings to scrape into the lineup. Instead of chasing $120,000 first prizemoney at Ellerslie, Mosse is likely to start a day later in the $15,000 New World Summer Cup at Tauranga.

“Life’s harder to take when you don’t know any swear words,” quipped trainer John Bell when learning of Mosse’s fate in the Railway. “But seriously, I still can’t believe the Auckland Racing Club didn’t use its discretionary powers to get him into the field.

“I feel sorry for the people who have made him Fixed Odds favourite. There’s a lot of money lost.”

It’s not the first time the ARC has come under fire for not using its discretionary powers. A similar situation occurred for the 2005 Railway Stakes when Clean Sweep, a last-start winner of the Group I NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton was left well down on the ballot.

The big argument at that time was — “Why have discretionary powers and not use them when such form horses are concerned?”

Mosse is a truly exciting sprinter and still untapped. His performance in winning the Concorde was amazing and there is no doubt more money would have flowed on him in the Railway.

But now thanks to the ARC situation, Mosse will be missing from Ellerslie and ultimately be lost from New Zealand racing.

“It’s a shame, but it’s the system we’ve got,” said Bell, who shares in the ownership of Mosse with Benedict Sin. “I thought I was doing the right thing putting him through the grades and using the Concorde to get him a start in the Railway, but it didn’t work out.

“He doesn’t get the chance to race for the big money in the Railway so he’ll probably be sold. There have been some sizeable offers on the table and we’ll look seriously at them.”

Too many of New Zealand’s potential superstars have been sold overseas because of big money offered. New Zealand racing needs top horses to attract raceday crowds and having Mosse at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day would have been a huge attraction.

Mosse’s fate isn’t the only bad luck Bell encountered when the New Year’s Day Ellerslie acceptances closed. His two entrants for the Gr.2 City Of Auckland Cup have also copped bad luck.

Storming The Tower, a last-start winner, has drawn barrier 18 and stablemate Senna has fared better at barrier nine, but is two on the ballot.

“It’s just like the Counties Cup again for Storming The Tower,” said Bell. “He drew wide there and had no chance. He’s very well, but I wanted a good draw for him.”