The Bjorn Baker trained Ozzmosis under Rachel King stepped up another notch to decisively claim the $200,000, Listed Petaluma Heritage Stakes (1100m) for three-year-old’s at Rosehill on Saturday to take his record to three wins from three starts.
The Zoustar colt won on debut over 1100m at Gosford back on May 25th and then came to town to win over the same distance at Randwick on June 10th. The step up to black type at his first attempt was taken with speed and a winning margin of 1 1/4L to match.
That speed was on from the outset with $3.00 favourite Royal Tribute and Tim Clark leading out with $3.10 second favourite Ozzmosis and King outside and Firelane and Andrew Adkins in third. Third favourite at $5.50, Barber and Nash Rawiller, settled last of the eight horse field and then found it difficult to make progress after that.
Entering the main straight King let Ozzmosis slide up outside Royal Tribute and from the 300m they were leading and in control. Passing the 200m King gave Ozzmosi more rein and the effect was immediate with the colt showing a turn of foot that left the rest behind.
Celestial Legend (Dundeel) and Kerrin McEvoy came late for second and Namesake (Maurice) and Joao Moreira were third, the margin 1/2L. Royal Tribute was fourth after the early leading role.
The time on the Good 4 track was 1.03.12 with the final 600m in 33.30. Ozzmosis firmed from $6.00 into $5.00 with TAB as favourite for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 4th.
Ozzmosis and Rachel King low flying, picture Sportpix.com.au
There was talk after the race on a slot for the $20m, TAB The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14th, particularly since the former favourite and last year’s winner Giga Kick was withdrawn on Saturday morning.
Baker, however, was more about waiting for the colt to take his time with the Coolmore later in the spring a possibility and the 2024 autumn on his mind. He said that the colt had shown right from the start that he had talent and he was mindful of not rushing the development of that talent. Time will tell on where Ozzmosis goes next if the pressure of an Everest slot was offered.
“We just kept it simple,” said King.
“He is very special. Just really grateful to all the connections for letting me steer him around. It was pretty much all I had to do. He has always had an engine. Even today he hit the front and he was arrogant.
"He just has that fantastic attitude for a colt. You would never know he was a colt. He just wants to work with you all the time. I cannot wait to see where he is going to get to,” she said.
Ozzmosis, out of the Darci Brahma mare No More Tears, is owned by a Darby Racing syndicate with connections including Darby Racing, Newgate , Go Bloodstock Australia, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Mr J J Bushell, Mr L Caminiti, Mr S Ducat, Mr J A Forrest, Mr C Koutroumbas, Mr A J Murtagh, Mr D F Smith, Mr J Stevens, Beau River Racing, G1G Colts & Breeding Pty Ltd, GS Racing, Keeping Schtum, Darby Racing No More Tears, Mr A P Mahony, Mr C Sinnott and Mr I G Mathieson.
After his three starts Ozzmosi has earned them stakes of $255,575.
Heritage Stakes, photo finish picture ATC