Dark Moon Rising aims high

Dark Moon Rising aims high

March 26, 2019 / 2 months ago

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Dark Moon Rising (Keagan De Melo, middle), flew up late to win the Kings Cup. (Candiese Marnewick)

Dark Moon Rising, a R70,000 buy from the 2015 CTS March Sale, will be aimed at the R4-million Champions Challenge over 2000m at Turffontein on 4 May. This follows his game win in the Listed Kings Cup over 1600m at Greyville on Sunday under Keagan De Melo. 

The Champions Challenge is a conditions race in which Dark Moon Rising will have to race against the likes of Legal Eagle and Hawwaam on weight-for-age terms, but Lafferty said that the stable would take its chances. 

“Dark Moon Rising stays very well and he will enjoy the long straight at Turffontein. It’s a race with massive prize money and we have to go for it. He is capable of earning a stake.” 

If Dark Moon Rising makes it to Turffontein for the big race, Lafferty and his connections will be hoping for one of Gauteng’s regular afternoon thunderstorms. “We won’t mind one of those, for Dark Moon Rising it’s a case of the wetter the better!” said the trainer. 

Lafferty also mentioned the WSB Gr2 1900 at Greyville on 18 May as a possibility. Dark Moon Rising ran second in this race last season behind Elusive Silva, who went on  to place in the Durban July.

Dark Moon Rising has now won 6 races with 7 places from 20 starts, with earnings of R672 700. He races for a partnership of owners including Doug and Sheila Steyn, Louis van Wyk, George Tselentis, Dean Hayman, Phil Georgio and Pierrick Maujean.