STAR sire Mossman brought up his second Brisbane metropolitan 2YO winner in as many weeks when debutante Racing Stripes scored a comfortable win in today’s BRC G & N Walls Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm.
The flashy chestnut drew 8 in the field of 10 and was forced to cover extra ground as he tracked the speed.
Jockey Mitchell Wood asked the colt for the supreme effort in mid-stretch and despite some waywardness, his superior sprint allowed him to draw clear for an impressive 1.5-lens win.
The Mossman juggernaut looks set to continue into the new season with Buffering continuing his Stake’s success. Where Mossman previously had only quality, with his third Vinery crop beginning to race, Mossman now has quantity as well. Judging by Racing Stripes debut the new crop may be every bit as talented as the previous two crops.
“He (Racing Stripes) might make a racehorse the way he won today,” Wood told AAP.
“He was one of the first out of the barriers but he took a while to get going and then got caught three deep and then started to hang out.
“Later he wanted to hang in so I gave him a squeeze in the guts and he went to the line well.
“I’ve never ridden in the Magic Millions but I’d love to be on him if he gets there.”
Racing Stripes banked first prize of $32,000 for connections who paid just $11,000 to secure the horse at the 2010 Magic Millions Summer Sale in January on the Gold Coast.
Trainer Barry Baldwin declared the $2 million Magic Millions next January as the ultimate goal for this scopey youngster.
“It (the win) was a bit of a surprise,” Baldwin said.
“He did everything wrong in his barrier trial and he’s been doing a lot wrong on the track.
“I only decided to put him in this race to give him some education.
“He’s only 400-odd kilos and is only a little fella but I think he can go on now and we’d look at the Magic Millions now.
“I watched his race very closely and I think he may need a gear change for his next run before we look at the Magic Millions with him,” Baldwin said.
“When he hung out it looked like he wanted to go back home to where he’s stabled near the top of the straight.
“I’ve had a few horses of mine who have done that recently.”