Royal Ascot News: Jack Davison's Mooneista having crack at King's Stand

Jack Davison's parents own and trained Mooneista and the family will be roaring the filly on in the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot on June 14.

Irish trainer Jack Davison is hoping his Mooneista can eclipse her rivals in the the King's Stand at Royal Ascot after placing second in the Greenlands Stakes on Saturday at the Curragh.

The Dandy Man filly has come into her own in the New Year, finishing second at Cork before a third in the Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Woodlands Stakes at Naas in April.

The Greenlands Stakes second saw the sprinter take on six furlongs and she could have won if not for being carried right in the final furlong.

The five furlong King's Stand awaits at Ascot on June 14 and Davison is looking forward to the occasion.

"It was a super run, probably a lifetime best," he said.

"A stiff five furlongs is going to be exactly her cup of tea and she'll get that in the King's Stand, they should go a proper gallop which will hopefully bring her right into contention when it matters. She'll go there all being well.

"She's very, very consistent. She's improving, getting bigger and more confident. I'd say the best is yet to come."

It is a family affair as Davison's parents bred and own Mooneista and also bred her dam Moon Unit who beat Mooneista's sire Dandy man back in the day.

It's certainly a twisted web and Davison is pleased as punch to train a horse with such ability

"This calibre of horse is very hard to come by, even ignoring the sentimental value of her, I'm very lucky to have her and it's an extra dimension with her being a homebred," the trainer said.

"On a personal level for me as a trainer, hopefully an up and coming trainer with only 30 horses, she's out there and she's been flying the flag for us so she's a very important cog in the wheel here."

Mooneista ran last year at Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup but that was on heavy ground and Davison is hoping for fairer weather.

"Back there it was six furlongs on heavy ground and she didn't leave anything out there, I'm really excited to run her over a quick five, especially considering that she is improving all the time. She's really enjoying things," he said.

"I really look forward to running her in behind a very strong pace, she's a very strong traveller over five furlongs.

"She's very quick and she's going to get the trip well. It would be fantastic if she could give a good account of herself and not be too far away."

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