Melbourne Cup third Spanish Mission to join Peter Moody after sale to prominent owners

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Peter Moody: taking over the training of Melbourne Cup third Spanish Mission. Photo: Racing and Sports

By Jon Lees

Australia: Melbourne Cup third Spanish Mission will not return to Britain and will be trained by Peter Moody after he was sold to the connections of the two horses who finished in front of him, Verry Elleegant and Incentivise.

The five-year-old stayer will continue his career in Australia after prominent owner Brae Sokolski announced he had completed a deal to buy him from Team Valor and Gary Barber.

“I am pleased to announce that following his outstanding performance in this year’s Melbourne Cup, Spanish Mission will remain in Australia to be trained by Peter Moody,” Solkolski said in a statement released by Moody.

“Yesterday I finalised a deal to secure Spanish Mission to race in partnership with Ozzie Kheir, Jonathan Rosham and our warm circle.

“I would like to thank the former owners of Spanish Mission, Gary Barber and Barry Irwin, who specifically approached me and gave me the opportunity to purchase their wonderful horse and keep him on our shores.

“Spanish Mission is truly a world-class stayer and importantly still on an upward trajectory with so much more to come. We will advise of future plans with him in due course.”

Trained by Andrew Balding, Spanish Mission won the G2 Doncaster and Yorkshire Cups and finished just a head behind Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup on his final start before heading to Australia.

At Flemington he finished four and a half lengths behind Verry Elleegant and half a length behind Incentivise who will now become his stablemate.

The deal means Sokolski, Kheir and their partners now own the first three horses from this year’s Melbourne Cup.

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