Fiorente's Lunar Flare Opens Stakes Account

Mark Smith - Sunday September 26

Promoted to favouritism following the scratching of Degraves, the Grahame Begg-trained Lunar Flare staged a last to first performance in Sunday's $160,000 Listed R.M. Ansett Classic (2400m) at Mornington.

Michael Dee threads the needle on Lunar Flare (image Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Ridden by Michael Dee, the 6yo daughter of Fiorente (IRE) was happy to lob along at the tail of the field. Instead of coming wide around the home turn, Dee elected to thread the needle between runners. Lunar Flare picked up the bit and charged home to defeat last year's winner High Emocean (Ocean Park), by three-quarters of a length, with the Group II Adelaide Cup winner Good Idea (So You Think), one and a quarter length back in third.

"She likes to be cuddled in the early part of the race as she can get a bit keen on the bit," Begg said.

"It was great to win a Listed race for the ownership group, John Valmorbida, Jack Bongiorno and Mr Kraps. It's fantastic, and she deserves it as she has been wonderfully consistent all preparation.

"It's great to win a nice race here at Mornington.


t;She was a very lowly graded mare when we first received her. She has worked her way up through the grades.

"We have only started her at a mile and a half a couple of times, and she has a second win now, which is great.

"We might look at something like the Bendigo Cup. She is a progressive mare, and there is no hint of retiring her at this stage, so we have a little more to look forward to.     

Bred by Mojo Thoroughbreds, Lunar Flare advances her record to six wins, three seconds, and six thirds from 25 starts, with earnings of $372,255.

Lunar Flare opens stakes account at age six (image Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

A half-sister to the stakes-placegetters Sea of Tranquility (Dash for Cash) and Eagle Command (by Dash for Cash), Lunar Flare is the best of nine winners from as many to race out of the unraced Encosta De Lago mare My Fair Lago.

Another of the nine winners is Lunar Lights (Bianconi), the dam of the Listed VRC Taj Rossi Series Final winner Honey Steel's Gold (Keep The Faith).

The last recorded foal by My Fair Lago is a 3yo filly by Dark Cove (USA).

Fiorente is a Premium stallion, click for more information.

Lunar Flare becomes the eighth stakes-winner for Widden Stud's Group 1 VRC Melbourne Cup and Group 1 Australian Cup winner Fiorente (IRE), who is listed as a Premium stallion on Breednet.


Race Result - R.M. Ansett Classic LR 2400m

Mornington Track: Good(3) Time: 2:29.68
Lunar Flare
T: G M Begg J: M J Dee 54
6m Fiorente (IRE) x My Fair Lago (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
High Emocean
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Teodore Nugent 54
5m Ocean Park (NZ) x High Joy (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $80,000
V:Wentwood Grange
B: John Foote Bloodstock / Darren Weir Racing
Good Idea
T: P Stokes J: D Oliver 56.5
7g So You Think (NZ) x Faint Perfume (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
So You Think
The Good Fight
T: M D Moroney J: Jordan Childs 58
7g High Chaparral (IRE) x Pravda (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Rich Hill Stud
B: Mr SF Ritchie
T: A & S Freedman J: Damien Thornton 54
8g Tavistock (NZ) x Dastaria (NZ) (Stark South (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $320,000
V:Brighthill Farm
B: Freedman Racing
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Fred W Kersley 54
6g New Approach (IRE) x Pickle (GB) (Piccolo (GB))
T: M D Moroney J: John Allen 57.5
6g Teofilo (IRE) x Rare Ransom (GB) (Oasis Dream (GB))
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