Fellowes’ Moonlit gamble landed

Moonlit Show landed a rare old gamble to give Newmarket-based Charlie Fellowes his first winner in Ireland in the Listed Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse.

Charlie Fellowes, trainer of Moonlit Show

The Showcasing filly broke her maiden at the third time of asking at Haydock last time out but was readily available at 16/1 prior to the race.

However, just five minutes before the off support began to mount for the Billy Lee-ridden contender and she was sent off at 6/1.

Having set a steady tempo in the first half of the race, Lee nicked a three-length advantage with two furlongs to run and caught the rest napping.

John Oxx's 5/2 favourite Born To Be got going too late and was catching hand over first as the line approached, but Lee's mount maintained a one-and-three-quarter-length advantage as they crossed the line.

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The jockey said: "Charlie was very confident. He told me to be good and positive.

"She jumped out, got an easy enough lead and kicked off the bend."

Speaking from the sales, a delighted Fellowes said: "That's my first stakes winner so it's a huge monkey off my back.

"She's a very nice filly but she must have soft ground. She's won that pretty easily in the end and won with plenty left in the tank.

"There's a Group Two at Maisons-Laffitte (Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte, October 14) which we could supplement her for.

"I've no idea where the money came from, but she wasn't right when she got beaten at Wolverhampton and then we just got away with the ground at Haydock.

"We had her in the Firth of Clyde but the ground got too quick at Ayr. Ground is key to her and she's pretty smart."

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