Unbeaten Mosse adds to big reputation

Jason Waddell got his first raceday taste of Mosse at Taupo today and he was left super impressed by the Cambridge-trained four-year-old.

Though the opposition was just Rating 65 class, Mosse lived up to the huge reputation he had created when charging to victory on debut at Pukekohe last April. And that winning debut had been preceded by a trials win at Cambridge 12 months ago.

Waddell was well-aware of the reputation of Mosse when he rode him in the Coogee Walk 1000, but he admitted afterwards the O’Reilly four-year-old had exceeding his expectations.

“He’s raw and got so much ability,” said Waddell. “The second horse (Cassie May) is stakes-placed and there were some others with ability in the field, but he ran past them easily. He won it as simply as possible. He’s a big, strong, powerful boy and he’s very exciting.”

The 1000 metres may have seemed likely to be too short for Mosse, but the horse’s class came through big-time.

After being back, he swept up quickly entering the home straight and soon raced clear, going to the line with his ears pricked.

Trainer and part-owner John Bell treated today’s run as a trial for Mosse. “He was only 80 percent ready,” said Bell. “He’d only had one decent gallop. I know how good he is and I’m not surprised with what he did.”

Mosse has had a big reputation around the Bell stable since he first started to speed up in his work.

“I’ve got Brent Doyle, a good apprentice in his time, and Carl Gateley, who did well as a trainer and worked for Laurie Laxon when he won the Melbourne Cup with Empire Rose, both working for me,” said Bell. “They’re an asset to the stable and another good horseman helping me out is Noel Haigh. They all know a good horse when they see one and they’re all rapt in this horse. Brent picked him out early on.”

 Mosse has been taken along patiently by Bell and that policy will be continued.

“We’ve looked after him so far and that’s not going to change,” said Bell. “He could go into a good race, worth a bit of money, next time, but where I’m not sure at this stage.”