1921 Ch g. Kenilworth – Keego
|Auction Notice 'The Argus' 7/03/1927|
|Mr Richard Turnbull|
Gus Powell’s property at Lysterfield near Dandenong became Mosstrooper’s new home, and being used as a stock horse by Powell to round-up cattle was his new profession, a far cry from the colour and excitement of the racetrack.
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42 Starts - 11 Wins 5 Seconds 5 Thirds
After contesting 25 races over 4 years, Mosstrooper, having his third start over the hurdles, wins his first race.
('Doncaster' The Argus – 1/07/1929)
('Doncaster' The Argus - 1/08/1929)
|William 'Bill' Murrell|
|H.J. 'Bert' Thompson|
|Mosstrooper clears the last jump in the Australian Hurdle|
Throughout the early betting on the Australian Hurdle Race, May Day was a pronounced favorite. His position was assured when he beat Kentle in the Doutta Galla Hurdle Race at Flemington. May Day was previously fourth in the Grand National Hurdle Race, and, to many backers, the way seemed cleared for him when the placed horses in the Grand National — Kentle, Chumree and Bay of Biscay — passed over the Australian Hurdle Race. Little better than 3 to 1 was laid against May Day, and he started at 5 to 2. After his miserable failure in the Hurdle Race at Moonee Valley the previous week, there was a tendency to dismiss Mosstrooper from the calculations on the Australian Hurdle, although he was still in good demand for the Australian Steeplechase. Mosstrooper was given another chance to show up as a hurdler at Aspendale Park last Wednesday, and he improved so well on his Moonee Valley showing that he won, and he came into favor for the Caulfield event again. From much longer prices Mosstrooper shortened so much that on Saturday he started a firm second favorite to May Day at 4 to 1. There was also very heavy backing for Sir Eaton, who ran second to Mosstrooper at Aspendale Park, and Longlands, who went amiss before the Grand National, and had to dodge that race. – They started at 8 to 1, with Bavaroy and Sayles at 10 to 1. The outsiders of the party were Leontes and the Sydney candidate, Scudalong, who had been sent over especially for the race.
|Mosstrooper cruises past the post in the Australian Hurdle|
WON 10/08/1929 Caulfield: Australian Steeplechase-3 ½ miles
|Mosstrooper leads the field past the stand in the Australian Steeplechase|
4th 14/09/1929 Moonee Valley: Steeplechase-2 ½ miles
3rd Gulyarri 10.9 (10/1) R. Turner. Hd x lg/nk. Time 4:58 ¾ (race record)
4 len x 2 ½ len. Time 5:51 ½
|Mosstrooper leads Johnny Cake and Tirade over the last hurdle|
4len x 3 len. Time 6:28 ½
|Mosstrooper leads Woomera and Kentle in the Grand National Steeplechase|
Expectations that the race would be one of the most interesting of the Nationals ever seen were centred mainly in the hope that Nightlark would make a merry pace again and that Sandhurst would go after him all the way. The expectations were realised to a certain extent, but Nightlark disappointed in the amount of lead that he did obtain. He did not take his fences with his customary dash and the result was that the greatest lead that he ever had was about ten lengths. Good Whiskey chased Nightlark over the first three fences, but after they had gone six furlongs of their three miles journey, Sandhurst was in second place. Nightlark hurdled the fences all the way to the turn into the straight, where he was about ten lengths in front of Sandhurst, but he showed an aversion to the five jumps in the straight again and he lost the greater part of his lead. In fact, Nightlark was only a little more than a length in front of Sandhurst when they started to jump the three fences along the river-side the second time, and when they reached the third of them Nightlark had had enough. He toppled over there, but his fall was brought about by weariness.
|Mosstrooper leads Lord Darnley over the last in the Australian Hurdle|
Although the Australian Hurdle is run over a distance of approximately three and a quarter miles, usually a fast pace is set all the way. On this occasion the one who attended to the pacemaking was Rossgole. Apparently his connections considered the best chance for him was to set a solid pace, and thus carry the topweights off their feet. Rossgole tried to run down his hurdles when on his own, and consequently, was never able to get very far away. About a mile from home he was out about 12 lengths, but he tired soon after that, and was a very weary horse at the finish, his rider pulling him up after he had jumped the last hurdle. Throughout the race the greater portion of the crowd had eyes for Mosstrooper only. They watched him closely from start to finish, and it cannot be denied that he gave his admirers some anxious moments. Early, Harris allowed him to drop back to last, and he made no effort to move up until they were about a mile and a quarter from home. Turning out of the straight for the last round, Harris took Mosstrooper on the outside of the field, where there was little chance of interference and the gelding commenced to bridge the gap. At the mile Rossgole was out 12 lengths from Swahilli while Paul T, Reonui, and Mosstrooper were almost in line next. It was then that Mosstrooper's admirers had their greatest fright.
6th 6/06/1932 Flemington: Marlborough Hurdle-2 ¼ miles
(Sydney Morning Herald – 17/07/1933)
|Mosstropper ends his illustrious career with a game second to Redditch in the Australian Steeplechase|
Mosstrooper was spelled after the Australian Steeple and Gus Powell was in two-minds whether to retire his champion or bring him back for a chance to add to his already outstanding record. Powell said that if Mosstrooper gave any indication while spelling that he could still be competitive, then he would not hesitate in putting him back into training.
When Mosstrooper died he was buried at Netherlea and a headstone was placed on his grave. It is still there today.
The inscription reads:
Here Lies Mosstrooper
Best Horse Ever
1921 - 1946
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