Munnyfor Ro Overcomes Wide Trip to Take Woodbine Oaks


Munnyfor Ro | Michael Burns

Munnyfor Ro (Munnings) completed a quick-fire stakes double for her outstanding sire, overcoming a tough trip from a double digit gate to take out Sunday's C$500,000 Woodbine Oaks in Toronto.

Settled behind midfield through the opening furlongs, the $65,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase traveled four and five off the inside–though with some cover–down the backstretch and began working into it entering the final half-mile. Four deep for the run around the second turn, she sustained a long run despite the ground loss, hit the front in upper stretch and stayed on nicely to defeat Emmeline (Violence). Il Malocchio (Souper Speedy) was third. Minutes earlier, Munnings's Miss Alacrity stormed to victory in the Colleen S. at Monmouth Park.

Munnyfor Ro broke her maiden in career start number five over the Keeneland turf course while under the care of Brian Lynch ahead of a third to Gam's Mission (Noble Mission {GB}) in a first-level Churchill allowance May 8. Sixth to that foe in the GIII Regret S., Munnyfor Ro was a latest runner-up in the GIII Selene S. over this Tapeta track July 10.

“We were expecting a good performance out of her,” said winning trainer Kevin Attard. “She came up here this season in good shape from [trainer] Brian Lynch–had a great campaign over the winter time. She ran a fabulous race in the Selene. I thought she'd move off that race forwardly enough to kind of be really competitive here today. Had a good interim breeze and put it all together.”

For owner Rajendra Maharajh, it was a perfect day from start to finish.

“It's just a wonderful story and today's my mom's 80th birthday,” shared Maharajh. “Everybody is here with us, so it's a family day and a lovely day.”

Munnyfor Ro could take on the boys in the Aug. 22 Queen's Plate over a mile and a quarter, according to Attard, but would need to be supplemented to that first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

The winner's stakes-winning second dam is a full-sister to GI Ashland S. winner Little Belle, who has since gone on to produce Grade I-winning turf distaffer Dickinson (Medaglia d'Oro). Repartee is the dam of the 2-year-old filly Retort (Liam's Map) and a yearling filly by Unified.

Saturday, Woodbine
WOODBINE OAKS PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER, C$500,800, Woodbine, 8-1, (C), 3yo, f, 1 1/8m (AWT), 1:50.31, ft.
1–MUNNYFOR RO, 121, f, 3, by Munnings
                1st Dam: Repartee, by Distorted Humor
                2nd Dam: Dubai Dancer, by A.P. Indy
                3rd Dam: Dubai Belle, by Mr. Prospector
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. ($65,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Raroma
Stable; B-Daybar, LTD. (ON); T-Kevin Attard; J-Justin Stein.
C$300,000. Lifetime Record: GSP, 9-2-2-2, $320,985.
2–Emmeline, 121, f, 3, Violence–Babcock, by Uncle Mo.
($16,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-RCC Racing Stable Ltd. & Realm
Racing Stables; B-William D. Graham (ON); T-John Mattine.
3–Il Malocchio, 121, f, 3, Souper Speedy–Egbert Bay, by Sligo
Bay (Ire). O/B-Franco S. Meli (ON); T-Martin Drexler.
Margins: 1 1/4, NO, 4 3/4. Odds: 3.35, 8.15, 13.00.
Also Ran: Youens, Curlin's Catch, Miss Marie, Erasmo's Girl, Lorena, Jilli Marie, Lady Moonshine.
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