Chariot fires Mosse to welcome double
By Racing Editor LAWRENCE WADEY
GERALD Mosse erased the memory of his luckless International Bowl defeat on Helene Star with an equitrack double at Happy Valley last night.
The consummate French rider displayed his repertoire of riding skills, coming from way off the pace to prevail on King Chariot in the helter-skelter third event before making all the running to coolly land a serious stable gamble on City Raider in the last.
Mosse moved to 34 winners and level with Darren Beadman in third place in the standings in a campaign which has been interrupted by injury.
He said: ''Tonight's double was really good for me after coming so close on Helene Star.
''I was probably a bit lucky on King Chariot as they went really, really fast. I must have been more than 10 lengths behind down the back.
''At that point, I thought my only chance was to keep to the rail and keep pushing. It paid off.
''I decided to go to the front on City Raider in the last race as he didn't seem to like being in behind when I rode him into third last time out.
''To begin with, he didn't really want to go to the front tonight, either. But once I got him there he relaxed and the further we went the more he enjoyed himself.'' The Patrick Biancone-trained City Raider was backed from 8-1 to 5-1 and, judging by the way he pulled two lengths clear of Everwell Cheers in the final 100 metres, could well win again for the French pair.
He was starting for the second time for Biancone and it is worth recalling that previous Biancone acquisitions such as Diamonds Forever also broke through when on their second start for the championship-chasing trainer.
Biancone has now sent out 28 winners for the season as the race for the title gets very interesting.
He is two behind John Moore and one behind Lawrie Fownes who took last night's fourth race with Little Big Horn.
Winning jockey Darren Gauci said: ''He didn't go a yard ridden in behind to get the trip last time.
''Bowling along in front tonight really suited him and he saw out the mile very strongly.'' The jockeys' title is very much in the hands of Tony Cruz who leads Basil Marcus 57 to 47 after last night's encounter.
But he could do without a repeat of the antics of Orchestra in the fifth. The sprinter simply refused to race as the barriers opened, leaving Cruz perched on the next stall.
''I've never had anything like that happen to me before. I threw the reins at him but he went back in the barrier rather than forward,'' said Cruz.
''I was so taken aback I couldn't even find two words at the gates.'' The race went to Ivan Allan's Allocate who stuck on bravely for Marcus to hold Third Time Lucky.
Marcus completed yet another equitrack double when Etoile D'Or benefited from being left alone in front to make all in a weak sixth race.
Cruz didn't leave empty handed. He made all on Eddie Lo's Family Of Wah Yuen in the opener.