WHAT A TRIP!
More adventure for owners as Moss earns winter in the sun
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.