Classy mare Moozoon (Leith Innes) rediscovered her top form with dominant win at Trentham.
Moozoon returned to the scene of her biggest win and scored a comfortable all-the-way win in the Dixon & Dunlop Premier at Trentham this afternoon.
The daughter of Perfectly Ready rose to prominence at last year’s Wellington Cup Carnival, picking up black type with a classy win in the Gr. 3 Desert Gold Stakes.
Her form was strong through the rest of her three-year-old season, and a first-up win at Ruakaka in September boded well for her four-year-old campaign. But she was disappointing in three subsequent starts and was sent out for a spell after finishing ninth in the Gr. 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes in November.
But today Moozoon bounced back to her high-class best. A hefty topweight of 59 kilograms put her to the test, but she made it look easy. She led throughout and was always doing it easily with Leith Innes in the saddle, kicking clear down the straight and putting the result beyond doubt. She clocked 1:23.19 for the 1400 metres, with the track being upgraded from Dead4 to Good3 soon afterwards.
Vincent Street was second, two and a half lengths behind the runaway winner. The third-placed Miss Alice was the first mount of the day for Sydney apprentice Sam Clipperton, who has come across the Tasman to take the ride on Trepidation in the Gr. 1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph.
“Carrying 59 kilograms was the only question mark, but this was a good effort,” Innes said. “She likes to run along in her races, got into a good rhythm and she was just a little bit too good for that field today.”
A return to black type now beckons the mare, bred and owned by Sheikh Mohammad bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.
“She had weight on her back and she had to run well to get back on track, and she’s done it well,” trainer Stephen McKee said. “We’ll take her home now, but the Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes (at Tauherenikau on February 6) is a logical target for her now she’s back in the groove. I think that will be a nice race for her.”
Richard Edmunds, The Informant