Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Fillies' Group 3) (Str) 7f

  • (3yo, 7f, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £31,190 2nd £11,825 3rd £5,918 4th £2,948 5th £1,480 6th £742
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 14:35:30

Full Result

14:35 Newbury
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (1) 5 Moonstone Magic R M Beckett 3 9-0 Jim Crowley 7/2
SP 7/2 Held up in rear, steady headway over 2f out, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on strongly, ridden out opened 4/1 £2400-£600
2nd (2) 6 Radio Gaga E S McMahon 3 9-0 R Mullen 10/1
SP 10/1 Chased leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no chance with winner, stayed on and clear 2nd best opened 14/1
3rd (3) 9 3 Electrelane R M Beckett 3 9-0 N Callan 10/1
SP 10/1 Took keen hold, pressed leader until led narrowly 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon one pace and no chance with leading duo over 1f out
4th (5) 8 Switcher (IRE) Tom Dascombe 3 9-0 R Kingscote 8/1
SP 8/1 Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, plugged on but never any chance
5th (7) 1 1 Best Terms R Hannon 3 9-0 R L Moore 5/2f
SP 5/2f Pulled hard, slight lead until narrowly headed 3f out, stayed front rank until ridden and weakened well over 1f out £1100-£400
6th (8) 2 2 Brick Tops D M Simcock 3 9-0 J P Spencer 12/1
SP 12/1 Steadied start, held up in last pair, switched left and headway approaching final 2f, never reached leaders and weakened over 1f out opened 9/1
7th (4) 9 Villeneuve W R Muir 3 9-0 M Dwyer 40/1
SP 40/1 In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened
8th (9) 8 7 Roger Sez (IRE) T D Easterby 3 9-0 b D Allan 15/2
SP 15/2 Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened soon after opened 6/1 touched 7/1
9th (6) 4 Fillionaire M R Channon 3 9-0 Martin Harley 6/1
SP 6/1 Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out opened 15/2

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £4.90 Tote Place £1.90,£3.50,£3.40 Straight Forecast £38.54 Exacta £48.20 Trifecta £944.10 Swingers 1&2:£9.20 2&3:£11.90 1&3:£4.00

Placepot £143.40, Pool: £116426.69, 592.62 winning tickets
Quadpot £34.70, Pool: £6549.88, 139.65 winning tickets


Hard-work for these three year olds in the testing ground and a slow time was predictably recorded. The conditions were a worry for Best Terms and the Queen Mary and Lowther winner was easy to back with there also being concerns as to how she may have trained on given both her diminutive build and that she was such a sharp juvenile. She was ultimately well beaten but gave herself little chance by racing keenly early and can't be judged on this outing. MOONSTONE MAGIC was unconsidered in the market when impressing on debut at Leicester just eight days ago but took this step up in class, albeit on ground on which she was proven, in her stride with a strong display. The homebred, who is out of an unraced mare, pulled right away from her rivals in the closing stages and looks capable of getting an extra furlong. She could now be supplemented for the Irish Guineas and the ground is said to be important for her. Conditions were also expected to suit Radio Gaga and she benefited from this first run on soft ground and for the step up in trip; this was a career best performance and, although no match for the winner, there was plenty to like about the run and she should be able to win at this level with a mile not expected to prove a problem. They pulled a long way clear of Electrelane who was also proven under testing conditions having finished fourth in a Listed race over a mile in France on heavy. She was prominent throughout and looks in need of a step back up in distance. Switcher had shown a fair level of form prior to disappointing in the May Hill but got back on track with a fair effort on her reappearance. She coped with conditions well enough and is another who should stay a mile. Roger Sez had made rapid strides last season and, with form with cut to her name, was quite well supported but her effort was short-lived. Fillionaire's pedigree gave hope that she would prove to be effective on the ground but she was another to struggle. Brick Tops got to within hailing distance of the principals before weakening on debut for David Simcock but was reported to have finished lame.