Excited group of owners set for Group 1 dream with Moss Trip

WE SAID in our February edition of the Triple Crown monthly newsletter to keep an eye out for a little filly called Moss Trip.

And after her explosive, and at one point unlikely, win at Canterbury on February 9, she takes the step up to Group 1 level on Saturday in the Surround Stakes over 1400m at Royal Randwick.

A filly purchased for $32,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in 2016, she has three wins to her name for just shy of $100,000 in prizemoney, with her owners living the dream of owning a Group 1 racehorse!

In this feature, we meet some of the owners in the three-year-old filly by Mossman, with one owner in particular charged with making it rain!

Tim Bailey

We all know him for his entertaining twist on the weather reports with his Daily Bailey specials, but weather guru Tim Bailey is also a part-owner in Moss Trip. Having been involved in racing horses for 25 years, this is Tim’s first venture into Saturday metropolitan company – and it’s a ‘lifetime dream’ of having a horse contest a Group 1. With Moss Trip relishing some give in the track, Daily Bailey will be hoping to make it rain ahead of Saturday’s Surround Stakes. On Thursday, he spoke to Racing HQ’s Andrew Bensley.

“It really is a great thrill [to have a runner a Group 1],” said Bailey. “In over 25 years of racing thoroughbreds I know how difficult it is to have a runner in a Group 1.

“She’s a beautiful flying little filly, and I’d like to tip my hat to Triple Crown. They are a fantastic organization. Brilliant system and brilliant people. I’ve seen it first hand and they’ve made a lifetime dream of mine come true.

“My wife bought me a horse for Christmas – she was shopping around in November – and there aren’t many horses around in November!

“Unfortunately a lady had to drop out of Moss Trip and in November last year my wife hooked up a 5% share in Moss Trip and I got the best Christmas present – the Christmas present that just keeps on giving!

“Peter Snowden said to us on Friday that we’re only going to the Group 1 half a million dollar Surround if it rains. With nominations on Monday, the weatherman who has a share in Moss Trip makes it rains on Sunday with the wettest 24 hours in Sydney all year!

“There’s two Group 1s on Saturday, Winx is in one of them, and Moss Trip is in the other! Can you believe it!”

Kain Davey

Kain took the plunge into his very first racehorse when purchasing a share in Moss Trip, and she’s taken him all the way to the glamour of a Group 1. The WA resident is an avid follower of his girl, making the trip twice to the east coast to watch her run, including her emphatic win at Kembla Grange first-up for this preparation.

“I’ve been a racing fan for many years and have had an interest in the betting side of things but I took the lucky dip into ownership and it seems to have worked out so far,” said Davey.

“She won first up which was absolutely amazing but the best experience for me so far was when I was able to get there on track for her first run this preparation. She won the race at it was just incredible being there. She gives back a lot in her races!

“Being in WA coming over is a pretty big commitment to travel that far, but when she puts in performances like she has done it’s a great feeling to be there.

“I’m really excited about Saturday. I’m going to try and keep a lid on it for the time being and just enjoy the day.

“I’m just proud that she’s been able to make it to a Group 1 and I’m giving her a sneaky chance in the back of my mind but I’m just looking to enjoy the day and I’m sure all the owners will get together and have a good time!”

Wendy Carlile

Wendy is always a bubbly character within the ownership and is a frequent follower of Moss Trip on her travels. Moss Trip started her campaign on January 16 at Kembla Grange, and through a bit of luck Wendy got to see her horse win at her local track on the same day as her birthday!!

“My husband and I decided to go in for a share each in Moss Trip for our 30th Wedding Anniversary,” explains Carlile.

“To have her win on my birthday at Kembla was just the greatest thrill! You really couldn’t have written a script for it to work out better – it was just wonderful!

“I forty people down there on the day and it was great to have them all out on the grandstand to see it.

“I’m really nervous going into Saturday! She’s a real trier and it’s such a big day at Royal Randwick with Winx running as well!

“Peter & Paul and Lindy have done such a great job with this filly and she’s come on so much in the last 12 months with their efforts.”

John Williams

Together with his partner, Judy Gibson, John has owned several Triple Crown horses over the years, including Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel who contested three Group 1’s during her glittering career, and they get another shot at Group 1 glory on Saturday

“We went up to Muskoka Farm to have a look at some of the new yearlings Triple Crown had purchased and well Judy can be a real demon when she looks at horses – and she said ‘I really like this one, do you think we can go in her?’ So we ended up getting a share in both Moss Trip and recent winner Deladies Boy.

“The first race we would’ve been happy with her showing something, but she had the heart to win that race and that’s really carried her through her career so far.

“Every time she runs she gives everything. Sometimes she puts herself in positions where you think she’s not going to come through but she somehow manages to find and find and find – she’s a fighter all the way.

“For a young horse she’ll take a gap that most horses wouldn’t take. She’s a racehorse at heart.

“Group 1’s are always exciting. We had Flying Snitzel who was fourth to Pierro in the Champagne Stakes with Triple Crown and this is now our second horse to take us through to a Group 1 race.

“I’m a little reserved in my judgement but nothing would excite me more than seeing her cross the line and even if she runs a good race I’d be delighted with that. But she never disappoints us with her effort and the future is there for her.”

Tony Donehue

Tony and his wife Helen have been there every step of the way in Moss Trip’s journey so far, and says the filly continues to impress him on her journey so far!

“We attended one of the Triple Crown Open Days at Snowden Racing and caught glimpse of this filly parading which was one of the ones who had shares available to buy, and I really liked what I saw,” says Donehue.

“Every time I looked at her she just stood out to me. She seemed to have everything going for – well put together and an athletic sort.

“It’s been a tremendous ride so far and she’s really impressed us since day one. 

“On her first raceday I just couldn’t believe it. She shouldn’t have won that race really after she took those knocks but she picked herself up and I came away from that day thinking we had something a bit special here.

“The raceday experience is tremendous. Before I got into racehorse ownership I’d been to many racecourses but what I’ve found since becoming an owner is that it’s just a total different experience. You see a different side of racing. To have that connection with your own horse on raceday is an amazing feeling – it’s hard to put into words how good it is.

“She’s trained by Peter & Paul – there are no better trainers in the world than them – and with Brenton Avdulla riding that’s another box ticked.

I’m certainly optimistic and feel she could be flying under the radar a little bit as she’s rock hard fit and has plenty in her favour.”