Moonstone aims for Magic in Guineas

Moonstone Magic (left) wins Fred Darling

A supplementary entry for Sunday’s Qipco 1,000 Guineas saw Moonstone Magic introduced to the betting at a general 8/1, although Skybet and Coral were each a point lower.

The move has cost Moonstone Magic’s owner, Lady Marchwood, £30,000, pretty much all the prize money from their win in the Fred Darling ten days ago. Trainer Ralph Beckett suggested the move to the owner after discussing the prospects for the going with Newmarket clerk of the course Michael Prosser.

Beckett said, "Michael Prosser tells me that the ground won't be faster than good and it's a shade of odds-on that it will be good to soft. Moonstone Magic needs dig in the ground for sure and I think it's unlikely she will be as effective on quicker ground as horses who are so effective on soft going are rarely as effective on fast ground. On that basis we decided to go ahead rather than wait for France, as there’s possibly a very special filly in Beauty Parlour and she would be more likely to run into trouble. She has recovered from Newbury but its always going to be a concern running three races in as many weeks. However, her owners are keen to run and I'm keen to run."

With a further 20 horses still in the list for the Guineas, there’s every chance of meeting a special filly at Newmarket, and with the five day acceptors headed in the market by Maybe, at 13/8, her trainer Aiden O’Brien will be hopeful she will be the one. Maybe is unbeaten in her five races so far, and with races on ground ranging from good to firm to yielding has shown she should be capable of showing her best regardless of underfoot conditions. But it really is a case of maybe with her, as she has not raced since August last year. That’s a lot to take on trust.

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