A standout over the 2014 edition of the Autumn Carnival, Team Hawkes have been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Group 1 winner Mossfun since her return to work and have revealed the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) is likely to figure as the first point of call this time in.
Yet to finish outside the places over her impressive five start career, Mossfun has not been seen at the races since cutting the corner to win the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th last year; forced to remain in the paddock for much of spring with a string of unfortunate but minor ailments.
Reportedly fine to have returned over the back half of spring but beaten by scheduling, Michael Hawkes told the Daily Telegraph the team this thrilled with Mossfun and are expecting a return to success at the highest level of autumn, despite the three-year-old placing third in a barrier trial earlier this week.
“She went good, did everything right, travelled nicely but then got hemmed in on the fence and couldn’t get out until till late,” Hawkes said of the trial.
“She was ready to race last spring but we just ran out of time.
“So it is not like she had a full nine months out, and with two trials now she is set to return to the races.”
Comfortably winning the $252,000 Inglis Nursery Open (1000m) on debut, Mossfun made a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) mid-February before winning the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) by more than four lengths on March 1st.
Suffering her first defeat at the hands of Earthquake in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on March 22nd, the daughter of Mossman responded in the best way possible when taking out the Golden Slipper two weeks later.
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