High profile international jockey Gerald Mosse is looking forward to the hype and glamour of Golden Slipper Day on Saturday as well as the expectation of a win aboard French import Americain.
Mosse flew in from Hong Kong on Monday night and was at Rosehill early Tuesday morning to test Americain in his final hard hit out before Saturday’s Group 1 $2.25m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill.
The French jockey said that the experience of riding on Golden Slipper Day which offers $7.5m in prize money was foremost in his preparation and any success that followed was a bonus.
“Forget about the money,” Mosses said.
“The pleasure is to make a show and compete.”
“People sometimes think too much about money but for me the pleasure is more to ride and the money will come later.”
But Mosse is confident he will get the money on the David Hayes trained Americain and had a glowing report after the seven year old completed his work.
“I haven’t seen the horse for a couple of months and I think he is great,” Mosse said.
“He looks fantastic. His action is great.”
Americain had a good look at the Rosehill course proper as did Mosse and after having an initial gaze around the unfamiliar surroundings, both horse and jockey completed their work in fine style.
“He was looking around because it was his first time galloping here,” Mosse said.
“There were horses all around him so he was watching to see what was going on inside and outside.”
“But he did his job. A pure gentleman, really did do his job perfectly.”
Mosse who has ridden twenty-five winners in the current Hong Kong racing season is confident Americain can turn the tables on the Peter Moody trained Manighar after finishing third to him in the Group 1 $1m Dubai Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 10.
Americain was having his first run for Hayes when he worked to the line strongly over the 2000m, failing to gather in Manighar and Southern Speed who went across the line together but Mosse said the extra 400m for the BMW would suit better.
The 2010 Melbourne Cup winner was way too strong for Manighar that year, and also beat him home in last year’s Cup as well as a victory over the German galloper in the Group 2 $350,000 Zipping Classic over 2400m at Sandown at the end of last Spring.
“He has showed he is in form. I have no problems to compete against him.”
“We already beat him at Sandown. Over 2000m he might be a bit quicker, he can react slightly faster. Over a mile and a half, I say we are going to be right there.”
“I know Manighar very well. I’ve won on him before in France.”
Mosse has competed successfully around the world and relishes the hype of the big feature race days.
As well as winning on Americain in the 2010 Melbourne Cup, Mosse has a win in the 1990 Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France, has ridden over fifty Group 1 winners and is one of the few jockeys to have ridden more than five hundred winners in Hong Kong.