Moshe steps out of big sister’s shadow

While champion mare Black Caviar is on the easy list, her younger brother Moshe kept the family in the spotlight with another fluent victory at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Moshe (3c Bel Esprit – Helsinge by Desert Sun) went out a prohibitive $1.28 favourite in the Mayoral Charity Community (1000m) and won with plenty in hand.  On face value, the winning three-quarter length margin wasn’t commensurate with such a short quote but Dwayne Dunn kept him on a short leash in the straight.

Moshe was a $75,000 buy from the Swettenham draft at the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne.  Six weeks later Black Caviar won by five lengths on debut at Flemington and the colt’s value kept increasing while she kept winning.

Black Caviar is unbeaten in 8 starts and is Australia’s undisputed champion sprinter after winning the G1 Patinack Stakes at headquarters on November 6.  

Moshe stepped out five days later with a runaway victory on debut at Bendigo.  He doubled up at Moonee Valley and is now well and truly out of his big sister’s shadow.

“He did a good job but is still just a big kid,” co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said.  “We will go home and let the dust settle before making any future plans.”

Moshe is raced by a syndicate headed by Roy Higgins and Chefs on the Run owner Wiley Dalziel.  His dam Helsinge is owned by Gilgai Farm principal Rick Jamieson.  She has a colt by Casino Prince entered for the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale and she produced a filly by Redoute’s Choice on September 29.

Moshe owns a stallion’s pedigree and his value will continue to soar when he graduates to a black-type company next year.  Helsinge is a half-sister to G1 winner Magnus (Flying Spur) and G2 winner Wilander (Exceed and Excel).

Magnus stands at Eliza Park in association with Yallambee Stud and his first yearlings are up for sale at the 2011 majors. 

Wilander was a precocious sprinter raced by Darley and is currently covering his first book at Lindsay Park.