Gosford’s Friday meeting unearthed the beautifully bred maidens Moonstones and Without Peer and both geldings won with the promise of better things to come.
Moonstones (4g Zabeel – Moonflute by Danehill) blitzed his rivals by more than three lengths in the Jim Beam White Hcp (2100m). He is trained by Anthony Cummings for owner-breeder Gerry Harvey and is still only in his second preparation.
He represents the Zabeel – Danehill cross and his dam Moonflute was a G3 winner of the Furious Stakes. She was a G1 runner-up to Ha Ha in the 2001 AJC Flight Stakes.
Without Peer got home in a hectic finish to the Jim Beam Black Cherry Maiden (1200m) later in the day on the Central Coast. He is a homebred for Torryburn Stud owner John Cornish after failing to reach a $300,000 reserve at the 2009 Inglis Easter Sale.
Without Peer (4g Redoute’s Choice – Crimson Reign by Red Ransom) led home an Arrowfield quinella with a short-head victory over Tidalzone (Snitzel). He was racing first-up after a six month spell and will continue to improve for trainer John Hawkes.
Crimson Reign won the G3 Kindergarten Stakes and Heroic Championship as a two year-old and she also saluted in Listed events at Canterbury and Caulfield as an older mare for the Cornish family.
Redoute’s Choice has now sired 77 individual winners from the crop conceived at Arrowfield in 2006. NZ mare King’s Rose leads that division which has also produced the stakes winners Kittens, Rekindled Interest, Absolutely, Beneteau, Milestone and Shaaheq.