Mighty Mosheen sizzles in Sydney

Mosheen became the first filly to win the Group 1 Randwick Guineas on Saturday.

Glamour Victorian filly Mosheen was at it again on Saturday when she upstaged the boys to land the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney in a thrilling finish.

Once again given a great ride from a horror draw by jockey Danny Nikolic, the Robert Smerdon-trained star powered home late to grab Said Com and Laser Hawk in the shadows of the spot.

In doing so she became the first filly to claim the feature three-year-old mile and the first equine to complete the Australian-Randwick Guineas double.

As she did in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington a fortnight prior, Mosheen handled the rain soaked track with aplomb to add to her burgeoning reputation.

With unbeaten Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) winner Atlantic Jewel sidelined since the spring through injury, Mosheen has well and truly staked her claim for the title of Australia’s best filly.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock, who is part-owned by leviathan Japanese owner-breeder Katsumi Yoshida, has won three Group 1 races whilst Atlantic Jewel has been out of action.

It was a rough house trip for Mosheen early in the Guineas after Nikolic found a position close to the rails from gate 14, but the hoop said he was always confident of success.

“It got a little tight a couple of times there through the run, but she’s just my little class act. She’s a ripper,” he declared.

“From about the 1200 (metre mark) I knew I was going to be hard to beat because I was one off the fence and really travelling smoothly.

“A couple of horses in front of me were quite tight and I was getting screwed a little bit, but to her credit she kept focused and she was just too good for them today.”

Smerdon was again in awe of his stable star who was returning to Sydney for the first time since running second at long odds in the Golden Slipper 11 months prior.

“She’s been right handed, she’s been left handed, she’s won an Oaks, so she’s done everything we’ve thrown at her,” a proud Smerdon said.

He indicated that it wouldn’t be the last time punters got to see Mosheen during the Sydney Carnival either with Rosehill Guineas and Vinery Stud Stakes both Group 1 options in the coming weeks.

“I think she’s got a great constitution and seems to be able hold her condition where she is now so I don’t think we’re at the end of it (her campaign) yet,” Smerdon said.

Nikolic was quick to suggest that the $400,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on 7 April against her own sex would be Mosheen’s to lose if Smerdon took up that option.

“The Vinery is probably in her keepings now because she’s really relaxing,” he said.

Hometown hero and race favourite Manawanui hit the lead early in the straight, but wilted to finish out of the placings.

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