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Moon De Vega

Moon De Vega can be marked up at least a little on the bare form of her run to finish fourth in the Cheshire Oaks on Wednesday. Rushed up early on in order to make use of her stall one draw, she was in a share of the lead as they raced around the first turn, but she settled back in just behind the leaders as they raced up the home straight first time. Along the inside in a share of fourth place from there until they passed the three-furlong marker, she was caught in a little bit of a pocket when they started around the home turn as Above The Curve and Typewriter moved up from behind her on her outside. Rob Hornby had no option but to take her back off heels, and he had to sit and suffer as the leaders went for home. Only sixth or seventh as they started to straighten up for home, Moon De Vega picked up when she got into the clear. She couldn’t get close to the duelling leaders, but she kept on well to finish a clear fourth, beaten a total of just over six lengths by the winner Thoughts Of June, who made all the running.

This was a good run by Ralph Beckett’s filly on her seasonal debut. Winner of her third and final run last season in October, when she stayed on well to win a one-mile fillies’ maiden on soft ground at Doncaster, she was weak in the market before the Cheshire Oaks, and there is every reason to expect that she will progress from it. There is plenty of stamina in her pedigree, this one-and-a-half-mile trip should be a good trip, and easy ground is obviously not a negative for her.
Chester, 4th May 2022