20. January 2022

Star Euro stayer Spanish Mission sold to Cup-winning owners

Triumphant proprietor Brae Sokolski copped a $10,000 Melbourne Cup Day positive for breaching COVID-19 protocols as he celebrated Verry Elleegant’s stirring Cup victory.

But that also left loads within the warfare chest for him to splash out on one other high-profile buy in Spanish Mission, the horse that ran third behind Verry Elleegant last week.

The possession group headed up by Sokolski, Ozzie Kheir, Jonathan Rosham and quite a few their mates has purchased the previous European stayer and positioned him with Peter Moody, the place he will likely be educated for subsequent yr’s Cup.

Spanish Mission during trackwork at Werribee Racecourse last week.

Spanish Mission throughout trackwork at Werribee Racecourse final week.Credit:Getty Images

Spanish Mission is probably going to be aimed on the Zipping Classic on the finish of the carnival, it’s understood, earlier than being freshened up and set for top of the range staying races such because the Tancred Stakes in Sydney through the Championships.

“He is a quality staying horse, and we think there is still plenty of upside and some great opportunities for him in this country, races like the Tancred [a 2400-metre weight-for-age group 1 race] in Sydney and the cups next year depending on the weights,” Kheir mentioned.

Moody has proven previously that he can fluctuate the coaching packages of European horses hitherto considered dour staying sorts and inject some velocity into their legs.

Manighar is only one instance, profitable a number of Australian group one races at 2000 metres and ending second within the 1600-metre Makybe Diva Stakes after coming to Melbourne to be part of Moody. He had began his profession with Melbourne Cup-winning coach Alain De Royer-Dupre at Chantilly close to Paris earlier than transferring to Luca Cumani at Newmarket, for whom he first contested the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cups in 2010.

Like Spanish Mission, Manighar had earlier in his profession run within the 4000-metre Ascot Gold Cup, so Sokolski and his colleagues will likely be hoping that Moody can work the same alchemy with the six-year-old son of Noble Mission, a full brother to the champion racehorse and sire Frankel, and make him aggressive at shorter distances than the marathons he’s used to operating in Europe.

Moody, who has made a vastly profitable return to the coaching ranks in current seasons, can also be the coach of Incentivise, who carried Sokolski’s tartan colours into second place behind final week’s Cup heroine. Sokolski, Kheir, John O’Neill and a gaggle of buyers even have a stake in Incentivise.

Their domination of the massive center distance and staying races over the autumn and subsequent spring now appears to be like set to proceed though Incentivise is probably going to have a light-weight preparation following his exertions this spring, when he received three group 1 races together with the Caulfield Cup earlier than his slashing effort within the Melbourne Cup below 57 kilograms.

“He’s in great order, all scans and X- rays came back clear,” the coach instructed the Moody on the Mic podcast.

“He is showing the wear and tear of a very long, sustained campaign over the last 13 or 14 months,” he mentioned.

“I would suggest, I haven’t spoken to the ownership group at length, he will be having a very light autumn campaign and all roads lead to the spring of next year.

“When the horse is bucking and squealing and ready to go we will put him back into work and if that leaves him time to be ready for races like the Queen Elizabeth or something like that …


“He would be too late for the Melbourne autumn, but whether he has a cameo in a Sydney autumn or Brisbane winter I am not sure. Everything is on and off the table at this point in time.

“The one thing I will guarantee is that he will be ready for the spring of next year.”

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