Rosehill’s rain impacted track on Saturday suited some and not others as the usual way, but one runner who relished the Soft 7 was Jason Coyle’s White Moss who led all the way under Kathy O’Hara to claim the $200,000, Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m).
It has been a long time between saluting the judge for White Moss, back in July 2017, so it was not surprising that punters overlooked the five-year-old mare. However, that last win in the Group 3 Nivison Stakes over 1200m at Randwick was also on a Soft 7 track.
White Moss and Kathy O'Hara keep out I Am Serious and James McDonald, picture Sportpix.com.au
“It was a good win from her, she is back to her old self I think. She stepped away cleanly today with the barrier blanket on and I think because she was not in there for very long. Track conditions suited her today, she was really tough, a good win, the stable is flying,” summed up O’Hara.
White Moss, racing in the middle of the track, was attacked by the $2.80 favourite I Am Serious (Choisir) and James McDonald with Savatiano (Street Cry) and Kerrin McEvoy wider out, but she held them out with the margins a long head and a short neck.
The time was 1.17.48 with the final 600m in 34.93. White Moss took punters by surprise paying $51.00 on fixed odds and $50.40 on the tote.
White Moss is by Mossman out of the Justice Prevails mare My Bail and this was her sixth win from 15 starts with earnings of $359,945 for owners the Esplin family.
Kathy O'Hara, picture Sportpix.com.au
Millie Fox Stakes, photo finish picture ATC