WHAT A TRIP!

More ad­ven­ture for own­ers as Moss earns win­ter in the sun

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

MOSS Trip’s trainer Peter Snow­den was giv­ing his ap­praisal of the filly’s stun­ning win when part-owner Tim Bailey took the Sky Rac­ing mi­cro­phone.

“He is a bloody ge­nius,’’ said Bailey, Chan­nel 10’s weather pre­sen­ter.

“The fore­cast is fine, fast and fab­u­lous; Moss Trip and Peter Snow­den!”

Bailey’s en­thu­si­asm was un­der­stand­able as Moss Trip was elec­tri­fy­ing in the $400,000 Inglis Guineas (1400m) at Scone yes­ter­day.

Moss Trip, the most im­proved three-year-old filly in train­ing, set­tled at the rear of the field be­fore jockey Bren­ton Av­dulla un­leashed her wide out from the 300m and she sprinted straight past a qual­ity field.

Snow­den said he was con­cerned when he saw how far back Moss Trip was in the early stages.

“It wasn’t our in­ten­tion to get that far back,’’ he said. “It was bad for my heart. But Bren­ton al­ways seemed to have a lap­ful of horse, he looked con­fi­dent to me.

“Her last 200m was very im­pres­sive. She is a filly go­ing places.’’

Moss Trip ($3.60), raced by Michael and Chris Ward’s Triple Crown Syn­di­ca­tions of Redzel fame, led home a Snow­den sta­ble quinella when she beat As­sim­i­late ($6.50) by two lengths with Frolic ($9) a head away third.

Viller­mont was backed into $2.70 favouritism but had ev­ery chance be­fore run­ning fifth.

Some good three-year-olds have won the Inglis Guineas since it was in­tro­duced at the Scone stand-alone in­clud­ing Sin­cero (2011), Cos­mic En­deav­our (2014) and Serene Majesty (2016) but Moss Trip could prove the best win­ner.

Moss Trip’s rise has been me­te­oric.

She started her cam­paign in re­stricted class at the provin­cials but has now won the Group 3 Carr Stakes, the re­stricted Listed Inglis Guineas and was com­pet­i­tive at Group 1 level when fifth to Shoals in the Sur­round Stakes.

“She has just come into her own,’’ Snow­den said. “Phys­i­cally she has got stronger, men­tally she can still be a lit­tle ‘tardy’ but my staff at home do a great job with her and she is in a re­ally good place.

“She eats like a ma­chine, works like a ma­chine and is rac­ing like a bet­ter horse.’’

Moss Trip im­proved her record to five wins (three plac­ings) from 10 starts, tak­ing her prize­money to more than $400,000 and there is

more to come.

“She just keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter,’’ Av­dulla said.

“They went along at a re­ally good gal­lop and I was fol­low­ing Tye (Ang­land, rider of As­sim­i­late) as I knew he would take me into the race.

“I gave them a fair start on the cor­ner but I was al­ways com­fort­able they were go­ing to come back to me.

“When I let her slide she put paid to them pretty quickly. It is very windy out there so cover is a big thing but she is a very tal­ented filly. It was a great win, re­ally.’’

Snow­den said Moss Trip has earned her­self a shot at a Bris­bane win­ter car­ni­val cam­paign with the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara her likely tar­get next month.

Ang­land of­fered no ex­cuses in de­feat for As­sim­i­late.

“As­sim­i­late has run a good race,’’ he said. “He tried very hard but the win­ner had too much ac­cel­er­a­tion for him.’’

Moss Trip beats sta­ble­mate As­sim­i­late at Scone yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Steve Hart

Bren­ton Av­dulla re­turns to scale on Moss Trip.

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