Moon owners optimistic for Epsom

Mark Johnston’s Persian Moon should be back on more favourable ground in Sunday’s Investec Conditions Stakes

  • Thursday 27 September
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Persian Moon bids to put an under-par run at Haydock behind him when he lines up for the Investec Conditions Stakes at Epsom on Sunday.

The Mark Johnston-trained youngster could not cope with the heavy conditions on Merseyside when fourth to Great Scot in the Listed Ascendant Stakes.

He had run a big race on his previous start at York when third in the Group Three Acomb Stakes won by Phoenix Of Spain, who has since gone on to finish second to Too Darn Hot in Doncaster’s Champagne Stakes.

“He was third in the Acomb, and the form is quite good from that race,” said Sam Hoskins, racing manager for owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds.

“He just didn’t like the ground the last day at Haydock. If you can forgive him that he should have a chance on Sunday.”

Kennet Valley are mulling over plans for the William Knight-trained Sir Busker after the Sir Prancealot colt got off the mark at the third attempt at Newbury last week.

“We were really pleased with him,” said Hoskins.

“He won well and has been rated 79 by the handicapper. I’m not sure where we’re going to go with him.

“He does qualify for novice auctions, so he could go back and run in one of those – or he could go for a nursery or something like the Rockingham, a Listed race at York, which William Knight has thought about.”

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