Mossfun has lived up to her reputation as one of the best wet-track two-year-olds in training to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill.
Keeping an unbeaten record on rain-affected ground, Mossfun ($5.50) hugged the rails in beating the favourite Earthquake ($2.40) and Bring Me The Maid ($11) in the world’s richest race for juveniles.
The filly gave Hawkes Racing, a family training partnership involving Hall of Fame trainer John Hawkes and his sons Michael and Wayne a breakthrough Golden Slipper win.
But the win wasn’t without incident, as Mossfun missed the start and settled at the back of the field.
It forced jockey James McDonald to ride for luck and Mossfun did the rest, overhauling Earthquake close to the line.
“It didn’t all go to plan. She just bobbed as the gates opened,” McDonald said.
Bring Me The Maid flashed home for third with fillies filling the first five places across the line.
Michael Hawkes said McDonald’s calmness in the saddle was a telling factor.
“The last thing I said to him is don’t panic,” Hawkes said.
“If something happens, don’t blow it.
“He just rode for luck. He knew he was on the best horse in the race, and he knew she got through the ground.
“He just knew what he had and he just kept coming.”
Out in the centre of the track, Earthquake hit the front at the 300m.
The Darley filly beat off her nearest challengers, but she had no answer to Mossfun’s finish along the inside.
Bring Me The Maid, ridden by Chad Schofield, made late ground to take third, just in front of Believe Yourself, which also ran on from the back of the field.