search the site
Life at stud has been a roller coaster for Mossman (b h 1995, Success Express (USA)-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss (FR)), but the faith Vinery Stud has had in the entire finally looks like being fulfilled.
Last weekend, Vinery’s Peter Orton, a long-time fan of the stallion, would have been buoyed by the brilliant first-start win of Mossman’s son Stirling Grove (b g 2007, ex-Kalamata, by Desert Prince (IRE)) in the Fulham Park Plate (1000m) at Morphettville. The gelding scorched the turf to win by nine lengths in a slick 57.24 secs.
At Randwick, Mossman’s daughter Mafia Miss (b f 2007, ex-Omerta Blue, by Sunday Silence (USA)) charged home to just fail to overhaul Gype (by Fastnet Rock) in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m).
It’s a wonderful kick along for Mossman who had his early stud career, when in Queensland, interrupted by injury, and then in 2004, after his move to Vinery, near Scone, he had to halt service after covering 45 mares due to a colic attack.
Since then, Mossman has covered his biggest books – 131 (2005), 164 (2006) and 120 (2007) – before dropping back to 95 last season, and he has been a hard sell for Vinery this spring.
The results of last weekend could see a resurgence of interest in Mossman. “His 2YO crop of this season always shaped as likely to be his best,” Orton said.
Mossman’s 2009 service fee is $13,200 (inc. GST) after peaking at $27,500 in seasons 2005 to 2007.