Godolphin’s high-class juvenile filly of last season White Moonstone arrived back in England at the weekend having spent the winter in Dubai and is to begin the final preparations for her assault on the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1, writes Elliot Slater.
Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the daughter of Dynaformer was unbeaten in four outings in 2010 and was the leading ante-post candidate for the first fillies’ classic until the recent gamble on Sir Michael Stoute’s Havant, who is now a marginal favourite in the horse racing odds, just ahead of White Moonstone with most firms.
Bin Suroor’s filly made the perfect start to her juvenile career when winning on debut at Ascot in July and a fortnight later was stepped up into Group 3 company when contesting the Sweet Solera Stakes a Newmarket. Again, under regular rider Frankie Dettori, White Moonstone did everything right, running on strongly inside the distance to beat Crying Lightening by a length-and-a-quarter and those who had backed him in the online betting were very pleased by his performance.
Her performance at Doncaster in September marked the US-bred as potentially a very smart filly as she routed a quality field in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes, being eased down to win by five-lengths from Al Madina, then headed two weeks later to Ascot to bid for a four-timer in the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies Mile, where she was forced to dig deep and fight all the way to the line in recording a neck verdict over Ballydoyle’s Together.
Immediately after the Ascot race bin Suroor suggested that the race had come too quickly for his charge and that she had won despite not being at her best. It came as no surprise to hear that she was being put away until this season. Having reportedly wintered well in the Dubai sunshine, White Moonstone (a best priced 7/1 second favourite for the 1000 Guineas), carries many of the hopes of the Godolphin team that this term they will make a better impression than in recent seasons with their three-year-old crops.