Dubai Duty Free Stakes 2012  

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Moonstone Magic in Dubai Duty Free

1 Moonstone Magic 7/2
2 Radio Gaga 10/1
3 Electrelane 10/1
9 ran Distances: 3¾l, 9l, 3½l
TIME 1m 31.56s (slow by 8.56s)
Jockey: Jim Crowley
Trainer: Ralph Beckett

Ralph Beckett cast his thoughts towards Ireland as Moonstone Magic earned herself a Classic mission of some sort when coming well away from the opposition to take the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury.

Moonstone Magic
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Moonstone Magic

The recognised 1000 Guineas trial, better known as the Fred Darling, had not attracted a high-profile field, but no-one had even set eyes on Moonstone Magic on a racecourse until just over a week ago, when she won a maiden at Leicester.

Jim Crowley dropped the well-backed 7-2 shot to the rear of the field, but gradually began to mount a challenge on the wide outside and helped her to quicken three and three-quarter lengths clear of Radio Gaga, who was nine lengths clear of Beckett's third-placed Electrelane.

"She was too big to run last year and her dam (Woodcock Moon) had such bad knees I never even ran her," said the trainer.

"She needs some give in the ground. She's not in anything, but she'll have to run in a Guineas - maybe the Irish will be most suitable."

Andrew Balding's Minimise Risk (15-8 favourite) survived a stewards' inquiry after a narrow defeat of Uriah Heep in the Bathwick Tyres Maiden Stakes.

The trainer said: "Jamie Spencer felt he had a hard enough race, but he's a horse with a good future. He is in the Derby and we were thinking of the Lingfield trial if he won."


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Moonstone Magic
R M Beckett
Jim Crowley
9st 0lbs
7 - 2
Radio Gaga
E S McMahon
R Mullen
9st 0lbs
10 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
R M Beckett
N Callan
9st 0lbs
10 - 1
9 lengths
Tom Dascombe
R Kingscote
9st 0lbs
8 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Best Terms
R Hannon
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
5 - 2
1 length
Brick Tops
D M Simcock
J P Spencer
9st 0lbs
12 - 1
2 lengths
W R Muir
Martin Dwyer
9st 0lbs
40 - 1
1 1/4 length
Roger Sez
T D Easterby
D Allan
9st 0lbs
15 - 2
8 lengths
M R Channon
Martin Harley
9st 0lbs
6 - 1
4 1/2 lengths


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