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.
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
|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|