Horses To Follow » Mosala


Mosala did well to get as close as he did in the 12-furlong handicap at The Curragh on Sunday. Taken back early on by Billy Lee from his outside draw and tucked in, he was a little keen early on, but he settled nicely, eighth of the 10 runners, after they had gone two furlongs. But it was a day on which the pace was holding up well and, as they passed the five-furlong marker, Mosala had at least 12 lengths to make up on the leader Effernock Fizz. He travelled well into the home straight and, wheeled to the outside, he did make up some of the ground. He got past five of his rivals, but he had to expend lots of energy in so doing, and he couldn’t bridge the gap to Effernock Fizz and Vultan, who had raced in first and third places respectively from early.

In the end, Mosala was beaten by three lengths, but it was a good performance by Henry de Bromhead’s horse, to come from as far back as he came and to get as close as he got. Beaten in his only run at two and beaten in his first six races at three, he got off the mark at Dundalk in January when he kept on well to win his maiden over 10 and a half furlongs. Given a break after that, he shaped encouragingly on his first run back this season when he kept on well to get to within a neck of Tauran Shaman in a 10-furlong handicap at Leopardstown off a mark of 80 in a race that is working out well. The handicapper raised him by 5lb for that run to a mark of 85, but he proved on Sunday that he was well capable off this type of mark. He might do better dropped back down to 10 furlongs, and it could be worth following him now. He holds an entry in a 10-furlong handicap at Leopardstown next Thursday evening, and he will be of interest if he takes his chance in that, at a track at which he goes well.
The Curragh, 27th June 2021