Superstar filly Mosheen is set to bypass next weekend’s Australian Oaks and will instead head to the paddock in order to be ready for a spring campaign that could potentially include a tilt at the prestigious Cox Plate.
After jockey Danny Nikolic was fined for easing off in Mosheen’s Vinery Stud Stakes win on Saturday, there was talk the Fastnet Rock filly would attempt to extend her hot streak in the Group 1 Oaks.
Those thoughts were squashed by trainer Robert Smerdon, who after discussions with owner Phil Sly following Saturday’s victory, said a break was the best option for the four-time Group 1 winner.
“Originally we weren’t going to Oaks,” he said.
“I’ve talked it over with Phil this morning and she will probably go to the paddock.”
It signals the end of a highly successful autumn campaign that has seen Mosheen win three straight Group 1 races.
She dominated all comers by three lengths in the Australian Guineas in early March before going on to win both the Randwick Guineas and the Vinery Stud Stakes.
Smerdon said he wanted to keep something in reserve for Mosheen ahead of this year’s spring that is likely include a Cox Plate preparation for the winner of seven of 14 starts.
“We are thinking beyond this preparation and I’d rather go to the paddock with something in the tank,” he said.
“I’d like to think a Cox Plate preparation was warranted.”
Mosheen’s withdrawal from Oaks contention opens up the race for a host of hopefuls and betting is now headed by Streama who was runner-up to Mosheen in the Vinery on Saturday.
The Guy Walter-trained filly will be chasing her second victory of the year after winning the Group 2 Surround Stakes on March 10 at Warwick Farm.
The Oaks will be held on April 21 at Randwick and will be run over 2400 metres.