By Brad Gray
The only thing faster than White Moss’s turn of foot this campaign has been her rapid rise through the grades with the three-year-old filly setting out to win her fourth straight race when she lines up at Rosehill.
The daughter of Mossman broke her maiden at Wyong before winning again in a strong benchmark race at that same track but it was her last start Warwick Farm romp which really made trainer Jason Coyle sit up and take notice. The third-placed Medaille has since franked the form too.
White Moss winning comfortably in town last start
“She is terrific. In her last two runs we’ve had an open mind as to whether we press on with the preparation or give her a break but she is a happy horse and we’re happy to be there on Saturday,” Coyle said.
“Her only blemish was first-up at Warwick Farm on a heavy track but outside of that everything has come together really well for her.
“We took her to the races at her first ever start and she settled well back. She had always been the kind of horse that could do too much but those early educational runs helped turn her into the horse she is now where she can put herself on the speed, come back to the rider and have a good kick at the finish.
“I’m thinking that this might be her last run this preparation. If she can perform well again and ideally win the race, it will bring her benchmark and prize money up to a point where we can focus on some better races over the spring.”
Meanwhile, Coyle has two runners engaged in the Saintly Hall Of Fame Handicap (1100m) in the shape of in-form fillies Memes and Kawaikini.
“Memes just wasn't strong enough in her first couple of preparations but she is relaxing now and not unlike White Moss, puts herself on speed, settles and has a good kick at the end,” Coyle said.
“She has progressed to this level a little bit quicker than I thought she would after being the bridesmaid a few times last preparation but she deserves her spot in the race.”
Kawaikini is a sprinter Coyle has plenty of time for and is hopeful of progressing through the grades but knows she’ll need everything go her way to turn the tables on New Universe.
Kawaikini met New Universe last start
“New Universe looked very, very good first-up and given the margin and the ease he got past her she definitely has a task ahead of her. Luckily enough though she doesn’t do the form herself and will give herself every chance.”
“She is a big strong horse doing a lot in only her second preparation. Hopefully with that improvement as she becomes a mare, she might be able to progress to the next level.”