Romantic Moon Books Slipper Start – Sweet Embrace Stakes 2013 Results

John O’Shea-trained filly Romantic Moon booked her place in the 2013 Golden Slipper field with a strong 2013 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) win at Warwick Farm today.

Romantic Moon

Romantic Moon has booked a place in the Golden Slipper 2013 after winning the Sweet Embrace Stakes. Picture: Steve Hart

The More Than Ready two-year-old bounced back from an eighth-place finish in the Silver Slipper to win by a length from Thump and Greytfilly.

The youngster clearly appreciated the dry Warwick Farm surface, coming home fast over the top of her rivals.

O’Shea is excited to have a confirmed Golden Slipper runner and is confident there is improvement to come ahead of the world’s richest two-year-old race.

“We haven’t really bottomed her out. You might have to give some consideration to toying with some gear,” O’Shea said.

“I’d probably like to see her a little bit closer in the Slipper.

“Whether we put a set of winkers on her just to help a little bit to get a forward position. But I was very happy with her. She ran a strong six [furlongs] and was strong through the line.”

James McDonald has ridden Romantic Moon in all three of her career starts and believes she is well on her way into developing into a quality racehorse.

“She’s push button,” McDonald said.

“She feels a beautiful filly and she’s one in the making anyway.”

Odds-on favourite Assail began poorly before getting caught third last and buried between runners.

Peter Robl tried hard to find her a run in the straight but she was never in the race, eventually finishing in sixth position.

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Sweet Embrace Stakes 2013 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 ROMANTIC MOON John O’Shea James McDonald 7 55.5kg $15
2 6 THUMP John P Thompson Christian Reith 1L 5 55.5kg $26
3 3 GREYTFILLY Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 1.3L 9 55.5kg $8
4 5 VOCALISE Paul Messara Corey Brown 3.2L 8 55.5kg $26
5 2 CALMING INFLUENCE Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 5.7L 2 55.5kg $4.60
6 1 ASSAIL Clarry Conners Peter Robl 6.1L 1 55.5kg $1.85F
7 8 MOST JOYFUL Gai Waterhouse Hugh Bowman 8L 6 55.5kg $26
8 7 TROPICAL FORCE Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 14.1L 4 55.5kg $51
9 9 SERIOUS FUN Matthew Smith Jay Ford 20.3L 3 55.5kg $41