Equiano reaches double figures in England

Equiano was represented by his 10th individual winner when  front-running filly Luna Moon scored on debut at Newmarket on Thursday.

Swettenham Stud’s boom shuttler has been dubbed the “King Of Speed” and the majority of his winners have made all the running in the their races.

Luna Moon (2f Equiano – Luanshya by First Trump) knew her job and soon adopted an early lead under Ryan Moore.  She quickened up well entering the closing stages, going a couple of length clear of her rivals in the 32Red Median Fillies’ Stakes (1200m).

The well-backed Cockney Island finished fast but Luna Moon was always in command and went on to win by a neck.

Trainer Jeremy Noseda has a track record for getting decent horses ready to win first time out and his filly fitted the bill on Newmarket’s historic July course.

Luna Moon (2f Equiano – Luanshya by First Trump) is a three-quarter sister to Newbury juvenile stakes winner Saigon (Royal Applause) and cost 105,000 guineas (AUD 184,600) as a yearling.

Equiano stands at Newsells Park in England and leading agent Johnny McKeever bought Luna Moon on their behalf from Hellwood Stud’s consignment at the 2013 Tattersalls October Sale.

Newsells Park sells the first colt from Equiano’s second-crop at the Arqana Yearling Sale in Deauville this weekend.  He has been catalogued as Lot 116 and is from a half-sister G1 Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill.

Equiano (Fr) arrived back at Swettenham Stud from quarantine on Wednesday in readiness for his fourth southern book at the Nagambie nursery.  His service fee is unchanged at $16,500 (inc gst) this year.