CLASSY 3YO FILLY With The Moonlight threw her hat into the ring for the Oaks at Epsom with a convincing victory in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday. Stepping up to 1m2f for her seasonal return, the full-sister to Group One winner Dream Castle was quickly into her stride and soon tracked Cet Horizon in second of the seven runners.
With The Moonlight hit the front inside the final half a mile and galloped out powerfully, with William Buick easing the Charlie Appleby-trained filly close home for an easy success by almost five lengths. Charlie Appleby said: “With The Moonlight had a nice profile as a 2yo and we felt that racing over 1m2f at this stage of her career was the way forward.
The race fell apart slightly but William Buick said he was very pleased with the way she saw it out through the line. “She is most definitely in the Oaks picture, although we have all these trials going on over the next ten days. I don’t think anyone would like to ‘pigeonhole’ a horse into a race until we have seen how the trials pan out. “The one thing that encourages me is that William said she travelled so well.
The one thing you do have to do around Epsom is travel and it’s a race that we will take strongly into consideration.” William Buick added: “The race fell apart a little because we went slow and I expected a bit more of a sprint to the line from the others, but I pulled With The Moonlight out in the clear early and she galloped along well. “The question mark is whether she will get 1m4f but, off that strong performance, you would say there is a chance.”