Moonei the star turn as she defends her Woodlands crown
Moonlit Warrior was a good winner of the staying race yesterday at 11/4 on a largely forgettable afternoon of racing, but Lady Lou faltered as once again it was a 1-2 day. Seeking the elusive second scorer is proving somewhat difficult of late, but in eschewing the cards at Windsor, Thirsk, Southwell and Ayr, I am hoping relying on the quality of Naas can get us over the line.
One filly I am very much looking forward to seeing on Monday is Jack Davison’s Mooneista and she lines up in the Listed Woodlands Stakes at 18:15 – a race she won last year.
I backed her for her seasonal reappearance at Cork last time, a rather painful loss that day too as she was the second leg of a double for the column when she finished second at a big price. The first leg had won but the 39/1 multiple was missed out by a whisker as she hit 1.374/11 as a low in-play.
The draw that day turned against her as she was furthest away from the action, and it was a card that saw a few winners very much advantaged by racing on the stands’ side.
She travelled like a dream too and is a filly with a lot of natural pace and zip, and it was possible that the 6f just stretched her. She stayed, but this looks a natural progression for her dropping back down to 5f on good ground.
This looks a tip-top renewal too with eight of the 10 runners rated 100+, and in truth, this could be a Group race.
Considering Mooneista ran so well in the Commonwealth Cup last term, she can make-up into a sprinter better than Listed standard, and considering the time was a good one at Cork recently, she might take a bit of stopping as she has so much natural speed.
Dickinson can be the real deal following two eyecatching runs
It is a fairly unoriginal set of horses for today’s multiple, but the quality at Naas on Monday is far superior to anything in the UK, and Emily Dickinson is another who has been on my punting list.
The 3yo took part in a hot-looking Leopardstown Maiden last time out, and while no match for the winner Above The Curve, she ran yet another interesting race. Incidentally, Above The Curve looks of Classic potential and has to be one of the biggest fillies in training. She looked enormous.
Emily Dickinson, named after a famous Boston poet and not Emily Davison as referred to on TV at the time, once again wasn’t given a hard race in what was her second run at Leopardstown and she looks as though she is in need of 1m4f already.
She once again is sticking at 1m2f today, but Naas should suit her a bit better than Leopardstown as it’s a track that can lend itself to trouble, and she certainly didn’t get a clear run.
That was also her first outing of the season and considering she holds entries in the Oaks and Irish Oaks, she can finally build on two very promising efforts. And for a pedigree, you couldn’t wish for a better one as a Dubawi out of Chicquita. With her, we are getting 6/1 on the double and Ryan Moore on board has a 37% strike-rate at the track.
April single bet winners
Moonlit Warrior 11/4 Won
Murbih 9/1 Placed
Wanees 5/1 Won
They Don’t Know 15/2 Placed
Bay Breeze 8/1 Won
Tranquil Night 7/2 Won
Destiny Is All 15/8 Won R4
Hammersmith 7/2 placed
Entropy 11/1 placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze placed 9/2
March single bet winners:
Life Of Dream 13/8 Won
Merry Mistress 13/8 Won
Ruby Island 5/2 Won
Bandinelli 11/8 Won
Skontonovski 10/1 Won
Very Excellent 9/1 Won
Banbridge 12/1 Won
Love Envoi 10/1 Won
Lady Alavesa placed 16/1
Merry Secret placed 5/1
Tyche placed 8/1
Gin Coco 9/4 Won
Epsom Faithfull 10/3 Won
Weveallbeencaught 7/2 Won
Red Showgirl placed 9/1
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