|Ozzmosis stamped himself as one of the most valuable colts in training when he beat a crack field in today’s Group One $2 million Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.|
|The Zoustar colt, beaten just once in five career starts, sat on the lead throughout before bursting clear prior the clock tower and scoring a lucrative win.|
In the run to the line he held out the star I Am Invincible colt I Am Unstoppable by a length and a quarter as the Magic Millions sold colts went 1-2.
Ozzmosis, who is now part owned by Newgate Farm and partners, was prepared perfectly by trainer Bjorn Baker and ridden confidently by in form horsewoman Rachel King.
“Unreal,” an emotional Baker said moments after the win. “I was here 12 years ago as co-trainer of Lion Tamer with my father and that is one reason I came to Australia. It is the lucky country and the greatest racing in the world.”
“This horse has been outstanding from the first gallop he had.”
“Darby Racing have been great supporters, they keep finding good ones.”
“Massive result, this horse is a superstar. Lots of pressure. He’s a good colt, we’ve got a couple of the smartest people in racing in him and it starts with Scott Darby, he’s a superstar.”
“I’ve had a very lucky career in the lucky country, this is career changing for me. He’s a Zoustar colt, he is a superstar. Zoustar won this race.”
“The first gallop he had, he just put his hand up. It didn’t work out last time (but) we were confident we had him right. I was very confident he’d run well but it is hard to be confident coming here.”
“He went down to Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young’s stable at Cranbourne and he’s just thrived. His jump out last week was sensational. I don’t know why he started the price he did.”
“It is a massive day and we’ve got a Zoustar colt going to stud,” the beaming trainer added.
Baker praised Rachel King for her ride aboard the stable star in today’s feature sprint.
“Unbelievable. The harder you work the luckier you get. She takes the hits with the losses, she’s come through Gai Waterhouse’s system, and Adrian (Bott), they are icons of the sport and she is tough as teak.”
“Takes the wins with the losses. She’s worked. She came to gallop this horse left-handed twice. 3:30 am – she’s got to get up at 2am.”
“She’s a beautiful person and a freak. She just is really, really good and she just keeps delivering for me.”
“I’ll tell you what, she’s tougher than all the boy jockeys together,” Baker summed up. “Trust me, that’s a fact.”
Ozzmosis was a $250,000 purchase for the Darby Racing team at the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Sledmere Stud draft.
He and Rachel King teamed up two starts ago to win the Heritage Stakes before a last start third before heading south.
“This is definitely top of the tree,” a beaming King said when asked where today’s big success ranked in her career. “It is unbelievable.”
“I love coming down here and I’ve never really come down with a good a chance as him. It is a huge honour to stick with the horse.”
“I can’t even describe it, Derby Day was the first day I ever rode at Flemington and it was down the straight, to be able to break my duck here at Flemington with a Group One winner is just unbelievable. To do it for Bjorn and the team, he’s just my biggest supporter, especially these owners as well, I’m speechless.”
“I couldn’t believe how well he just travelled, I had to take a second look when I was at the 300 and I was still travelling, today’s the first day I’ve ridden him where I haven’t had to put pressure on him early because up the straight just made it easier for him.”
“We’ve been drawing wide and had to do a lot of work but when I jumped him out down the straight the other day, I’ve never ridden a horse who’s been so professional.”
“He got a bit lonely, got a bit lost on his own up the straight the first time and I think if anything it got to him. He’s got another couple of lengths up his sleeve. He’s a freak.”
King didn’t lose her confidence in Ozzmosis after his last start defeat in Sydney.
“He was just a young kid that day. He was having an off day. He wasn’t the same from the minute I got on him.”
“He was naughty in the gates – just not him. He didn’t have his mind on the job and coming down here has helped him furnish into a beautiful colt and I think this will be the making of him having the trip away.”
“I don’t even know yet (how the win feels). I don’t think it has sunk in properly. It is an unbelievable feeling.”
“I was confident I had a good chance and it is nice to pull it off,” King added.
Ozzmosis is the fourth generation of his sireline to win the Coolmore Stud Stakes following in the hoofsteps of Zoustar, Northern Meteor and Encosta de Lago to win the feature sprint for three-year-olds.
He was bred by the Australian arm of the China Horse Club Racing operation and is from the stakes winning Darci Brahma mare No More Tears.
A winner of four races at distances up to 1400 metres, No More Tears won the Group Three Mr Tiz Trophy and Listed Soliloquy Stakes, both in New Zealand, before retiring to stud.
To date she has been represented by two runners, both winners. Aside from Ozzmosis she is the dam of the two time winner and Melbourne placegetter Hughes.
Breeding: Zoustar-No More Tears (Darci Brahma)
Breeder: China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd
Race: VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes G1 (1200m)
Sold for: $250,000
Sale: 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Sledmere Stud (As Agent)
Buyer: Darby Racing
Owners: Darby Racing, Darby Racing No More Tears, J Bushell, L Caminiti, S Ducat, J Forrest, C Koutroumbas, A Murtagh, D Smith, J Stevens, A Mahony, C Sinnott, I Mathieson, Go Bloodstock Australia, Beau River Racing, Keeping Schtum, China Horse Club Racing, GS Racing, Newgate Extreme Choice & G1G Colts
Trainer: Bjorn Baker (Warwick Farm)