A Magic Return
Brilliant Trade Fair mare Moonstone Magic overcame problems in running and returned to the winning list when successful in the Totepool Stakes (one mile 1/2 furlong) at Nottingham in England yesterday (May 29).
And Clock On Tom made it a double for the Alwyn Park Stud-based sire when successful in the Lightstream Handicap, also over one mile 1/2 furlong, at Beverley.
Moonstone Magic burst onto the scene with an eight length debut win in the Fillies Maiden (seven furlongs) at Leicester on April 13 last year then won the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes, also over seven furlongs, at Newbury on April 21 by 3 3/4 lengths.
She was strongly fancied for the Group 1 English One Thousand Guineas on May 6 but suffered a serious pelvis injury and did not reappear till 1 3/4 length third to high-class Viztoria and Bunairgead in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes (seven furlongs) at the Curragh in Ireland earlier this month.
Moonstone Magic started an 11/10 favourite in the Totepool Stakes but was held-up for a clear run in a small field and burst through to hit the front just before the line and score by a head.
“After being off for such a long time it’s nice to get her back in front,” said jockey Jim Crowley.
“She jumped a little bit gassy but I managed to get her to relax. Then she almost relaxed too much. I had to squeeze her up into the bridle and she then came on very well. She had the trip to Ireland for her first run back so you’re always slightly worried about backing up.”
Chris Wilson reported in England’s Sporting Life: ‘Trainer Ralph Beckett rates the four-year-old daughter of Trade Fair as being one of the best in his yard, and it is not difficult to see why. Thoughts now presumably turn to Royal Ascot.’
Clock On Tom led and fought strongly to beat the equal favourites, Mushaakis and Knight Owl, in the Lightstream Handicap. The win was overdue with the Michael Easterby-trained three-year-old having run seconds at Wolverhampton, Catterick, Redcar and Beverley in his previous four runs.
Moonstone Magic is from Woodcock Moon, by Kyllachy. Clock On Tom is from Night Owl, by Night Shift.
Trade Fair stands the coming season at an unchanged $4,500, plus gst. For bookings call John Andrew on 0419 929 483, Barry Farmer on 0417 974 282, Troy van Heemst on 0439 957 111 or John Chalmers Bloodstock on 08 9534 3577 or 0418 948 604.