Mossbelle Breaks Through
Jul 18, 2017
It was a driving finish in the 1300m maiden at Geelong on Tuesday, three horses trying their hardest over the final stages with Mossbelle doing best - putting her nose right out where it counted to gamely break her maiden at her fifth stat.
And a much deserved victory it was too, Mossbelle having been in the placings at three of her first four starts with the only blemish on her record being a ninth in trying conditions at Mornington.
Showing plenty of heart, Mossbelle at one stage looked as though third was going to be the best result but she knows where the line is - "we got a bit worried at the 150m mark," Beth Schoen admitted, "but she kicked on and won well - she loves a fight."
Hard fit third up, Mossbelle was expected to run boldly with Schoen noting that "we were confident she had benefitted from the two runs coming into this."
"She gave me a good ride," jockey Craig Newitt reported.
"She flies the gates, put herself on the speed. She hit a flat spot for probably a hundred yards but through the line she was really strong, the closer she got to the line the stronger she got."
Bred by the Hoare family and snapped up by Hancox Bloodstock for just $15,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier, Mossbelle is a daughter of the consistent stallion Mossman.
She is the final foal produced by the winning King's Best mare Belle's Best, also dam of the stakes placed Exceedingly Regal and the four times South African winner Fancy Some French.
A descendant of the famed matriarch Chelandry, Mossbelle hails from the immediate family of the feature race winners Lady Of The Pines, Caledonian Boy, Heaps Of Fun, Storm Approach, Throssell, Vigil and Caledonian Planet.