Walk In The Park For Mossbelle
Feb 05, 2019
Not all horses are natural leaders, some prefer the chase, the challenge of running a rival down. The promising Mossbelle is one such horse but at Sale on Monday she was such a class above her rivals that none could match her speed - and it was straight to the lead she went!
And there she stayed, never looking in any chance of defeat, turning for home a couple of lengths in front and from the 200m extending her lead with her winning margin a soft 4 3/4 lengths.
A deserved winner on the back of consistent form including a gutsy Sale second off a wide run, Mossbelle has been honest since the day she first stepped on to the track, finishing out of the first four only once (with excuses!) in 15 starts - winning three races with a further seven placings to her credit.
And so she has been lots of fun for her connections, members of the Hancox Racing No 7 group who have been vocal in their support of their lovely mare!
The step up to 1200m third up was key to her stellar performance Robbie Griffiths said - "she has been so consistent and out in distance with a couple of runs under her belt and she was at her peak to put in a great performance... and she certainly didn't disappoint!"
"It was a terrific win and a great ride by Nathan Punch."
Punch was having his first race day ride on Mossbelle and was thankful that the meeting originally scheduled for Sunday went ahead.
"I was very glad when they postponed because I thought this was a really nice race for her to win and boost her confidence."
"I was always confident," he continued. "I don't think leading is really her go as at home she can have a bit of a look at things, she prefers a bunny to chase. But still today leading she felt really good."
A daughter of the now retired Mossman who, during his 17 seasons at stud, proved one of Australia's most reliable stallions, Mossbelle is out of the winning King's Best mare Belle's Best (also dam of the stakes placed Exceedingly Regal), half-sister to the Gr.1 1000 Guineas winner Lady Of The Pines and descendant of the famed matriarch Chelandry.