TOUGH as teak gelding Under The Eiffel capped off a memorable weekend for his sire Mossman when he posted a commanding win in the Swan Hill Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
The Tony Vasil trained 5YO made light work of his 13 rivals powering away in the stretch to score by 2.5-lens despite his 58.5kg.
It was Under The Eiffel’s ninth career win and took his earnings closer to $600,000 and was a case of third time lucky following two narrow defeats for his sire in rich races the day before.
Under The Eiffel is a tremendous advertisement for his sire’s Mossman’s well-earned reputation as a sire of tough and competitive horses.
Vasil’s gelding won at his second race start in a 2YO Maiden at Seymour back on December 22 in 2009.
In time since, Under The Eiffel won the Group 3 MRC Sandown Stakes (1500m) and Listed TTC George Adams Plate (1600m) and was stakesplaced on five occasions notably the Group 2 MRC D’Urban Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Meanwhile a day earlier, Mossman gallopers Buffering and Neeson both finished second in their respective black type affairs.
Queensland ace Buffering lodged an incredible eight Group 1 placing when he finished second in the Group 1 BRC Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
“Second last year and second again this year. I don’t know what you’ve got to do to win a Group One race with him,” Heathcote said.