Vinery sire Mossman jumped the blocks with a juvenile winner in October and he bobbed up with another beauty at Randwick on Saturday.
Team Hawkes filly Mossfun was heavily backed into a $3.30 favourite on debut and looked well above-average with a fighting victory in the $250,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m).
Mossfun (2f Mossman – Eye For Fun by Snitzel) did best in a duel with Dual Star (Starcraft) to score by a head in a class record 57.11s.
The good-looking chestnut filly graduated from Session II of the 2013 Inglis Easter yearling sale for $85,000. Her dam is an unraced half-sister to LR Ken Russell Memorial winner Cat D’Antibes (Tale of the Cat).
The Inglis Nursery has unearthed Group 2 winners Chance Bye and Twilight Royale in its four editions and co-trainer Michael Hawkes believes Mossfun is heading in a similar direction.
“She took time to get the better of the runner-up but it was just inexperience,” he said. “She’s very professional but I think she just wanted to have a look at the horse on the inside.
“We will probably up stumps now and freshen her up for the autumn. Hopefully, she’s up to that level.”
Mossman’s first juvenile winner of the season was Admiral in the Debutante Stakes at Elwick on October 20. His black-type two year-old winners continue to train on as older horses as evidenced by Absalon (BRC Dalrello Stakes), Dinner Date (MRC Merson Cooper Stakes), Mosstang (Meynink Stakes), Pure Energy (STC Reisling Stakes), Our Sweet Moss (QTC Sir Douglas Wadley Hcp), Segments (AJC Gimcrack Stakes), Stirling Grove (SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes) and The Travelling Man (MRC Blue Diamond Preview),
Mossman (Success Express) stands for a $19,800 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery.