Larneuk Stud’s first-season sire Ilovethiscity is off the mark at stud with precocious filly Moonlover.
Appearing on debut for trainer Matt Laurie at Moe on Monday, she was untroubled in the Winning Edge Presentations Maiden (1000m) scoring by two lengths from NZ bred filly Swampland.
“That was a very impressive win. There’s more to come – no doubt!” Laurie said.
Moonlover (2f Ilovethiscity – Moondreamer by Danehill) is from an Irish-bred half-sister to Champion German Miler Emerald Commander (Pivotal).
She’s a homebred for Porter Davis Homes director Paul Wolff who also raced Ilovethiscity to a Group 1 victory in the Randwick Guineas.
“I have four foals from his first and second crops,” Wolff said.
“I also have a few racehorses which is great fun – while they are winning.”
Ilovethiscity is a son of Magic Albert and has had four starters to date. He’s bred on the successful Zeditave – Sir Tristram cross and his dam Kensington Rose hails from the immediate family of champion sires Grosvenor and Lonhro.
Larneuk studmaster Nev Murdoch stood Ilovethiscity at a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee last year alongside Cluster (Fastnet Rock) and O’Lonhro (Lonhro).