Mosstiara made seasoned racegoers sit up and take notice of her first-up win in Perth on Wednesday.
She sat three-wide without cover and was still too strong for her rivals in the Richards & Sons Hcp (1000m) at Ascot. “She’s hasn’t stopped improving since arriving here,” trainer Rob Harvey said. “She’s a quality filly and knuckled down in the straight after punching the breeze.”
Mosstiara (3f Mossman – Kentiara by Metal Storm) is raced by leading Sunspeed breeders Lex & Shirley Piper and is a half-sister to speed merchant Kencella who won 6 races in Sydney including the G3 Maurice McCarten Stakes at Rosehill.
The Pipers also sent the filly east, however, she didn’t fire and returned home late last year. “I trained the dam Kentiara and her sister Kalatiara and they were both top-class fillies,” Harvey added. “I told Lex this filly has the same qualities as her dam – she digs deep and has an amazing constitution.”
Kentiara was a Listed winner of the Detonator Stakes and La Trice Classic at Ascot and Kalatiara beat the colts in the G2 WA Guineas before transferring off-shore to win the G3 Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Another sister – Lacienne – foaled Guest Wing (Right Wing) and he carried Lex and Shirley’s orange and red colours to victory in the 2011 Perth Cup.
Bob Peters bought a fourth sister from them – Antique – and she has foaled Perth Listed winners Broadway Belle (Jungle Dawn Classic) & Antique Belle (Burgess Queen Stakes).
All four mares are by Mungrup Stud champion Metal Storm. He is the damsire of over 200 winners including Moment Of Change, Sheidel, Respondent, Pop Culture and Cosmic Storm.