Will the Mozzie bite at Caulfield on Saturday?
John Sadler says he doesn’t have a big spring arsenal and he is “hanging his hat” on exciting filly Mozzie Monster proving she is the real deal and up for a Group 1 shot at Caulfield on Saturday.
The ‘Mozzie’ was unbeaten heading into the Listed Jim Maloney Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday but she tasted defeat for the first time when she got well back before surging home for third in an eye-catcher.
Sadler has Thousand Guineas dreams for three-year-old Mozzie Monster and she is on the third line of Guineas betting at $8.
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However Sadler wants to see her do the business in Saturday’s Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) to know she could have her name up in lights in the Group 1 a fortnight later.
“There is not a big-name (spring) horse in my stable and we are really hanging our hat on Mozzie Monster on Saturday,“ Sadler said.
“It wasn’t the plan to back her up, we were going to go straight into the Thousand Guineas but it just concerned me the fact it would have been three weeks between runs.
“She pulled up so well from last week I just thought that instead of giving her a heap of work, to keep her fit we would give her another run.
“Quite a few people had last week’s race as a bit of a nothing race.
“But they went very slowly from the 1000(m) to the 400(m) and it didn‘t give the backmarkers much chance at all.”
Sadler believes Mozzie Monster was “good in defeat” last Saturday and, if possible, would like to see her ridden slightly closer in the Guineas Prelude in which she has drawn barrier two and is a $6.50 chance.
But he knows that could be a tall order for jockey Jamie Kah.
“The one shame is she just doesn‘t have much gate speed, she leaves the machine OK and she is there but then she can’t go that early pace,” Sadler said.
‘We will try to be as close as we can without taking her out of her comfort zone.
“She is going to appreciate the mile of the Group 1, there is no doubt about that, but I think she‘s got to be very, very competitive in this to be competitive in the Thousand Guineas.”
Mozzie Monster was originally trained by Wayne Nugent in Queensland before she had raced.
She was sent south to Sadler after Nugent told the owner she was well above average and deserved a shot at Melbourne spring riches.
Unbeaten Phillip Stokes filly Instant Celebrity, who has won three times in Adelaide, is the $3.10 favourite to make it four wins in a row in the Thousand Guineas Prelude.
Originally published asWill the Mozzie bite at Caulfield?
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