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Golden Slipper star Mossfun shines with Frankel filly at Haydock

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Written by Jessica Owers

Emirates Park had plenty to cheer about on Wednesday night when, a little after 11pm Australian time, a daughter of its G1 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun (Mossman) won on debut at Sandown in England.

The filly, 2-year-old Sadmah (GB), who is by sire of the moment Frankel (GB), put away a nine-horse field that included White Jasmine (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), a last-start second to the very fancied juvenile Hello You (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}).

Two furlongs out, Sadmah didn’t look competitive, but the filly rallied very well in the final stages to win by 0.75l.

Trained by Kevin Ryan in North Yorkshire, she was ridden at Haydock by jockey Kevin Stott in the colours of Emirates Principal, His Excellency Nasser Lootah.

Home and away

The result was satisfying for Murrurundi-based Emirates Park, which exported Mossfun to England in March 2017. She was part of a wider plan by the stud to send its better mares to top European stallions, produce a few foals, and then return them to Australia.

Mossfun was bred to Fastnet Rock upon her retirement, producing a filly in 2016 called Tumooh. Thereafter she was in England and, at Adrian and Philippa O’Brien’s Hazelwood operation, she had two foals by Frankel – Sadmah in 2019 and Dajraan (GB) the year before.

“Those good mares we send up, we try to get two foals out of them,” said Bryan Carlson, General Manager at Emirates Park. “We then bring them back. Estijaab is up there at the moment with a Frankel foal on the ground, and she’s in foal to Night Of Thunder and will come back next year.”

Estijaab (Snitzel) also won the G1 Golden Slipper for Emirates Park, along with the G2 Reisling S., and she joined Mossfun in the Northern Hemisphere with fellow broodmare Shumookh (Dream Ahead {USA}), who was twice a Group 2 winner in Australia through 2018.

“We’ve got about eight mares in total up there,” Carlson said, “and then we’ve got three 2-year-olds and four yearlings. Adrian looks after all the stock up there on our behalf, and we send them out to trainers from there.”

Carlson said the win by Sadmah at Haydock was promising.

“I think it was better than it looked,” he said. “She was a bit lost, and obviously had the shadow roll on. Going forward I think she’ll be a black-type filly, because the way she finished the last 150 metres was the best part of the race.”

"Going forward I think she’ll (Sadmah) be a black-type filly, because the way she finished the last 150 metres was the best part of the race.” - Bryan Carlson

Carlson said both of Mossfun’s Northern Hemisphere foals have been lovely, with full brother Darjaan probably the lesser talented of the pair.

“Darjaan was a beautiful type, but he hasn’t set the world on fire unfortunately,” he said. “I wish every horse was good, but his full sister is showing a bit more ability.”

Darjaan is also handled by trainer Kevin Ryan, and in five starts has been second in a Novice S. on the Newcastle all-weather.

Family planning

The Haydock victory was the latest tremendous chapter in the story of Mossfun and Emirates Park. Bought for just $85,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, in Book 2 no less, the filly won $2.56 million in prizemoney, which was 30 times her pricetag.

Mossfun won four races in total, and was placed in a further two from nine lifetime starts. Her victories included the G1 Golden Slipper, G2 Silver Slipper S. and G3 Widden S.

Mossfun winning the G1 Golden Slipper

Her first foal, Tumooh, was unraced and covered by I Am Invincible last season.

Mossfun returned to Emirates Park in 2019, and has twice visited that stallion, with a filly on the ground at Murrurundi and a foal on the way by him this season.

“The mating for her this year hasn’t been decided yet,” Carlson said. “We’re one of the slowest around in making decisions on matings, but I’m pretty confident that Capitalist will be high-up on the list. We’re here to try and breed precocious 2-year-olds that can go on at three, and Capitalist seems to be doing that for the 2-year-olds at least.”

Carlson said Sadmah was an eventual chance to travel to Australia.

“She might come down in foal, but no decision will be made until she finishes racing,” he said. “At some stage she will come to Australia, but if she comes back straight after racing, or if she comes back with a foal, we’re not sure yet.”

Emirates Park
Bryan Carlson