Flamboyant Mosse back with sizzling three-timer and Jockey Challenge
It was with a hint of relief Gerald Mosse recounted his win on Gift Is Gift in the opener for trainer Almond Lee - but it was the foundations of a huge afternoon for the Frenchman, who resumed from suspension with a treble and an upset Jockey Challenge win.
Mosse racked up 48 points to win off a $13 opening quote, by also claiming the feature Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup on Beauty Flash for Tony Cruz and the Ruby Handicap on Win A Dozen for Manfred Man Ka-leung.
Mosse resumed with a bang after a four-meeting stint on the sidelines for two careless riding charges, and he lifted Lee's talented, but wayward, Gift Is Gift to his second win from as many starts in his first ride back.
'I was very happy to win again on Gift Is Gift, because for a few seconds I thought he was going to throw it away on me,' Mosse said. 'He is still a big baby and to win his first two starts shows that he has very good natural talent.'
Lee echoed Mosse's words and is looking to space the young gelding's next run by a similar period to ensure he does not over-tax the obviously talented horse before he matures.
'When Gerald got off the horse this time, he told me almost the exact same thing as he told me after his first win, and that is that he is still very green and doesn't know where to go in his races yet,' Lee said.
'I look at him as a baby still, but there's no doubt he has potential, we just need to let him work out how to be a racehorse. I will give him six-eight weeks off before his next run, as I did leading into this, because I am worried that if I push him now, I will break his heart.'
Gift Is Gift started the popular $2.50 elect and remained unbeaten by a short head over Ming Hoi Glory, with three-quarters-of-a-length to debutant Supreme Winner in third.
'This horse still gives himself a hard time, he chickened out when the pace slowed and got on the steel a bit, then he gave Gerald a tough time in the straight wanting to run in behind Karbridge,' Lee said. 'When he learns his craft I think he will really improve a lot, but at the moment I am just happy he is winning despite doing many things wrong.'
The French hoop was back in the spotlight in the fifth after successfully navigating barrier 14 and booting home Win A Dozen by a neck margin over Supreme Knight, with Istide grabbing third a further neck away.
'We seem to go well together, what can I say, it was a brave effort,' Mosse said after his second triumph on the horse in three runs.