Noted for their dislike of saddling more than one runner in major black type events, Team Hawkes have revealed a meeting between leading sprinters and stable mates Deep Field and Mossfun may be unavoidable in Saturday’s Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick.
Unable to take her place during in the 2014 Spring Carnival as a result of a few poorly-timed minor ailments, Mossfun returned to racing this year for sixth amongst particularly classy company in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) on February 14th.
Having reportedly progressed well from the first-up hit-out, co-trainer Michael Hawkes told TVN the team in thrilled with the condition of the daughter of Mossman and revealed that while not set in stone, an appearance in the 2015 Challenge Stakes appears likely.
“We still haven’t made up our mind yet but she’ll definitely run on Saturday,” Hawkes said.
“She’s come through her first-up run in good order. She’ll take improvement naturally given she hadn’t had a run in almost a year.”
Arguably the standout two-year-old of the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Mossfun charged home to take out the $230,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) on debut before making a successful transition to black type racing in winning the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 15th.
Stamping her claims as a serious racing contender when taking out the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) by more than four lengths on March 1st, the filly out of Eye For Fun suffered her first racing defeat when second to Earthquake in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m), but responded in the best way possible when taking out the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th.
The 2015 Challenge Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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