Mooneista prepares for Flying Five bid after ‘perfect footed’ racetrack gallop | Horse racing news

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Mooneista (right): Narrowly denied by Ladies Church when he last visited the Barberstown Castle Sapphire Stakes

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By Mark Boylan

Top sprinter Mooneista delighted trainer Jack Davison with a ‘perfect foot’ workout after racing at the Curragh on Saturday ahead of her Group 1 Flying Five Stakes tilt at the Irish Champions weekend.

The four-year-old has had a few near-misses this season and fell short by a hairline defending her Sapphire Stakes crown last month, but Davison hopes a physically enhanced version of her stable star can elevate her shape to new heights this fall. .

Wearing the colors of the coach’s mother, Paula, Mooneista is the cheapest domestic contender for the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai-backed prize with around 7-1.

Highfield Princess leads the market at 3-1 after manager John Quinn indicated a €400,000 run-in tilt is a possibility for the runaway Nunthorpe heroine.

“Everything went well on Saturday with his canter on the racetrack,” Davison said.

Patrick McCann

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Mooneista: training for Group 1 Flying Five during the Irish Champions Weekend

Mooneista: training for Group 1 Flying Five during the Irish Champions Weekend

Patrick McCann

“She soloed a breeze for half a mile and was absolutely perfect on foot. It was great work. They built it all the way and hit the line hard. Colin [Keane] was delighted with her and feels better than ever. Visually for me it was the same.

“She looked impressive and seems to be stronger. She is still in full bloom, which is great, and I think the eight-week break between the Sapphire and the Flying Five will have been just what she needed at autumn.”

Although she hasn’t been able to add to her tally in five starts so far this season, Mooneista has arguably been better than ever in 2022.

She found Power Under Me too strong by a neck on her return to the Cork Stakes, before finishing third in the Romantic Proposal in the Woodlands Stakes and filling second place in Group 2 Greenlands Stakes after suffering interference by Brad The Brief.

A tilt at the King’s Stand Stakes saw her take fourth place behind outstanding Australian star Nature Strip and Davison is aiming for further Group 1 targets after Curragh’s offer of filly Dandy Man.

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Jack Davison:

Jack Davison: ‘We’re really looking forward to the Curragh after work on Saturday – she’s really well placed’

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“She’s been unlucky this year, but hopefully she’ll hit the jackpot next month – the Flying Five will make up for it,” Davison said.

“She’s also in the Prix de l’Abbaye and it’s all about fall with her because she’s much better with softer ground conditions. Whether or not we have softer ground, she’s a something else, but hopefully there will be some ease.”

Davison added: “She’s a better filly this season compared to last year and I imagine she will be even better in the fall from what I see at home. I think she is bigger and stronger.

“We’re really looking forward to the Curragh after work on Saturday – she’s really well placed.”

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