Racing: Gerald Mosse to ride his namesake

By Mike Dillon

French jockey Gerald Mosse, riding British horse Red Cadeaux, celebrates after winning the 2400-meter Longines Hong Kong Vase horse race at the Shatin race track in Hong Konh. Photo / AP
French jockey Gerald Mosse, riding British horse Red Cadeaux, celebrates after winning the 2400-meter Longines Hong Kong Vase horse race at the Shatin race track in Hong Konh. Photo / AP

"Who the hell is this?" Cambridge trainer John Bell said to himself when his phone went off in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It was one of the world's great jockeys Frenchman Gerald Mosse, who has re-written all riding records in Hong Kong in the last 15 years.

"How's things going in Hong Kong?" Bell asked his friend of 20 years.

"I'm not in Hong Kong, I'm in Singapore and, incidentally, how is Mosse going?" -- the horse Bell named after his great friend.

"He's resuming here on Saturday, why don't you come down and ride him."

"Okay." Simple as that. So, Te Rapa tomorrow will see one of the greats going around on not only the horse that carries his name, but also Bell's other acceptor, Enough.

The 49-year-old Mosse became the first French jockey to win the Melbourne Cup when he guided US-bred Americain to victory in 2010.

This is his first raceday riding trip in New Zealand although he came here three or four years ago to test out horses for potential purchase for Hong Kong clients.

Mosse the horse, hasn't raced for 11 months and has not had a barrier trial, but Bell expects some sort of showing from him.

"Look, he's an 8-year-old and he's a big horse. He's burly, but he's been working along well and as a horse who just doesn't know now not to try, he'll run some sort of a race. Obviously, whatever he does he'll improve on."

Mosse has won two of his four fresh-up raceday starts.

"Enough has won two of his four raceday appearances and is unbeaten fresh. The pair of them have been working along well."

Mosse will carry 55kg against the 60kg topweight Ryan Mark will lump in what should be a great contest.

?The addition of headgear has been the making of Jolt, who will be out to maintain his unbeaten record at Rotorua today.

"Early on he didn't show a lot, but once we put the blinkers on him he won a trial and then his first start," trainer Mark Brooks said. "They've really switched him on."

Jolt was a comfortable debut winner at Matamata and he will again be ridden by Trudy Thornton in the First National Rotorua Handicap.

The 4-year-old will appreciate an increase in distance from 1400m to 1560m and he is expected to be even better suited to a further step up in trip in the future.

"He's come through his last run well and the Shockings do go over more ground," Brooks said.

- additional reporting NZ Racing Desk

- NZ Herald

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