TDN RISING STARS

October 5, 2019 - Newmarket, Race 3, Alw, GBP £10,000, 8.0F, 0.0000

White Moonlight, F, 2, 2017 by Medaglia d'Oro

1st Dam: Fitful Skies (Ire) (Hwt. Older Mare-Ger at 9.5-11f, GSW-Ger, GISP-Can & MSP-Fr, $225,868), by Dubawi (Ire)
2nd Dam: Wajd, by Northern Dancer
3rd Dam: Dahlia, by Vaguely Noble

Owner: Godolphin
Breeder: Godolphin (KY)
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor

Away from the action at ParisLongchamp and Ascot, Newmarket staged a fascinating card on Saturday which saw a pair of TDN Rising Stars emerge in the filly White Moonlight (Medaglia d'Oro) and colt Kinross (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in the two novice events. The former, who was saddled with a penalty as a result of her debut win at Kempton Sept. 6, proved in a class of her own as she dominated the Lettergold British EBF Novice S. over a mile.

Sent off at 5-1 sporting Godolphin's white cap and operating under a six-pound penalty, White Moonlight was allowed to move forward into the lead by Oisin Murphy at the outset travelling strongly. Set alight running down into the 'dip', the homebred was in no danger from there and powered up the hill to score by 3 3/4 lengths from Arthurian Fable (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), with Grain of Sense (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) 1 3/4 lengths away in third. "She is nice and we've always liked her," trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said. "When she won on debut, Oisin said fast ground would be good for her but today she handled the different ground well. The plan is to take her to Dubai, as she is bred for dirt and there is the UAE Guineas, UAE Oaks and, if she's good enough, the UAE Derby. She is the best filly of my 2-year-olds so far."

White Moonlight's G3 Herbst Stutenpreis-winning dam Fitful Skies (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who was also runner-up in the GI E. P. Taylor S., is a half to four black-type performers headed by the G1 St Leger hero and G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. runner-up Nedawi (GB) (Rainbow Quest). She is also a half to Wall Street (Mr. Prospector), who will forever be immortalised as one of Frankie Dettori's "Magnificent Seven" when winning the G3 Cumberland Lodge S. A daughter of the G2 Grand Prix d'Evry winner and multiple group 1-placed Wajd (Northern Dancer) and a granddaughter of the magnificent Dahlia (Vaguely Noble {Ire}), she is also connected to the G2 Prix Hocquart winner Nocturnal Fox (Ire) (Farhh {GB}), the G2 Ajax S. scorer Brilliant Light (Aus) (Fantastic Light) and G1 Whakanui Stud International S. winner Mission Critical (Aus) (Fantastic Light). Her yearling is a full-sister to the winner, while she also has a colt foal by Quality Road.

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