Bigger And Better Mosheen This Spring
Mosheen took her first steps towards an exciting spring carnival yesterday with regular jockey Danny Nikolic aboard.
The four time Group 1 winner took place in an 800m trial at Cranbourne yesterday, placing third.
Trainer, Robert Smerdon and Jockey, Nikolic, remain upbeat but realistic about Mosheen’s chances during the spring as she appears to have matured and strengthened during her spell.
They are not assuming anything though as they know all too well it is a tough ask for three year old fillies to train on as four year old’s.
"It's a massive leap for three-year-olds to step up," Smerdon said to the Herald Sun.
"They've been racing against their own age, against their own gender, and now they have to come out and take on all-comers."
Mosheen the winner of the Group 1 VRC Oaks, Australian Guineas, Randwick Guineas and Vinery Stud Stakes has the ability to make it.
"She is just so clean in the wind," he said.
"She sprints, she stays, she runs on wet and dry, and she has improved in herself."
The Sportingbet Cox Plate on Saturday 27th October will be Mosheen’s main target, where Nikolic says she will have to improve a minimum two lengths to be dominant.
The main reason for this is because Mosheen’s main rival Atlantic Jewel is also being targeted at the Cox Plate.
As exciting as Mosheen was last spring and autumn, Atlantic Jewel always had her measure.
"Look, it seems all systems go. She felt really good out there today, but it's a big step into spring," Nikolic said to the Herald Sun.
"The good thing is she feels like she's made the improvement. She is stronger."
Mosheen’s first start for the spring has yet to be decided by her connections.