Lynward Park sire Trade Fair could have a classic winner in the making with Moonstone Magic. The Ralph Beckett trained filly waltzed home by next to four lengths in the G3 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
Moonstone Magic (3f Trade Fair – Woodcock Moon by Kyllachy) is a homebred for Lady Marchwood and she was buttering up a week after winning a Leicester maiden on debut by 8 lengths.
Beckett didn’t nominate her for the G1 English 1000 Guineas and has ruled out lodging a late-entry fee for the Newmarket classic on May 6. “Three runs in three weeks might be a bit much,” he said. “Soft ground is key to her.”
Moonstone Magic’s likely goal is now the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 27. “She’s definitely a filly going places,” winning jockey Jim Crowley said. “I fell in love with her at Leicester and fingers crossed she’ll keep progressing – she’s a big bird and is just starting to fill her frame.”
Trade Fair got her from an unraced half-sister to Santa Anita stakes winner Steelaninch (Inchinor). He initially shuttled from Tweenhills Farm in Gloucestershire until Lynward Park owner Ted van Heemst bought him outright to stand permanently in Western Australia.
A Juddmonte homebred, Trade Fair (Zafonic) won at Group 3 level in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket in addition to a Group 1 placing in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
Trade Fair (GB) has sired 20 Australian winners from his first Sunspeed crop. There are no three year-olds due to E.I. and Virtual Trader kick-started his current crop of two year-olds with a Bunbury victory in March.
He stands for a $6,050 (inc gst) service fee at Lynward Park alongside Balmont (Stravinsky) and Alfred Nobel (Danehill Dancer).