Belardo's Lullaby Moon Powers To Miesque Triumph

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Belardo | Marc Ruhl

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Ralph Beckett trainee Lullaby Moon (GB) (Belardo {Ire) bagged two of her first three outings before hitting the board in Ayr's Sept. 19 G3 Firth of Clyde Fillies' S. and broke through for a first black-type success in Redcar's Oct. 3 Listed Two-Year-Old Trophy last time. Sent postward as the 11-10 odds for Saturday's G3 Prix Miesque at Chantilly, she overcame a troubled passage to justify favouritism and earn a career high in the seven-furlong contest. The eventual winner was swiftly into stride and on the lead early, but was shuffled back to race fifth along the rail as keener rivals set each other alight up front after the initial exchanges. Slipping down to seventh and boxed up along the far-side fence in the straight, she made smooth headway to seize the moment when an opening appeared inside the final quarter mile and quickened clear once seizing control with 150 metres remaining to register an ultimately emphatic two-length success from Asterella (Fr) (Olympic Glory {Ire).

Lullaby Moon, who becomes the third pattern-race winner for her freshman sire (by Lope de Vega {Ire}), is one of five scorers from as many runners and the lone stakes representative for Bold Bidder (GB) (Indesatchel {Ire}), herself kin to two black-type performers headed by Listed St Hugh's S. third Right Answer (GB) (Lujain), who in turn produced the dual stakes-placed Galtymore Lad (GB) (Indesatchel {Ire}). Descendants of her third dam Aryaf (Vice Regent) include MGSW sire Mind Games (GB) (Puissance {GB}) and Listed Taby Open Sprint Championship third Better Built (GB) (Xaar {GB}). Bold Bidder, whose fourth dam is Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Front Row (Ire) (Epaulette {Ire}), has a yearling colt by Ribchester (Ire) and a colt foal by Washington DC (Ire) to come.

Saturday, Chantilly, France
PRIX MIESQUE-G3, €56,000, Chantilly, 10-31, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:35.82, hy.
1–LULLABY MOON (GB), 123, f, 2, by Belardo (Ire)
1st Dam: Bold Bidder (GB), by Indesatchel (Ire)
2nd Dam: Quiz Show (GB), by Primo Dominie (GB)
3rd Dam: Aryaf, by Vice Regent
1ST GROUP WIN. (16,000gns Ylg '19 TAOCT). O-Amo Racing Ltd & C Obank; B-Bearstone Stud (GB); T-Ralph Beckett; J-Richard Kingscote. €28,000. Lifetime Record: SW & GSP-Eng, 6-4-0-1, €107,877. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Asterella (Fr), 123, f, 2, Olympic Glory (Ire)–Asteria (Fr), by Orpen. O/B-John Goelet (FR); T-Mikel Delzangles. €11,200.
3–Kennella (Fr), 123, f, 2, Kendargent (Fr)–Ella Diva (Fr), by Heliostatic (Ire). O-Derek Ronald Lodge; B-Gaec Campos (FR); T-Nicolas Caullery. €8,400.
Margins: 2, NK, NK. Odds: 1.10, 23.00, 20.00.
Also Ran: Coeursamba (Fr), Miss Louna (Fr), Tahlie (Fr), Demonstration (Fr), Kolka (GB), Make Gold (Fr), Bonita Queen (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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