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McQuade spoiled for choice with smart mare

19 May 2017, 11:45 a.m.

Karyn McQuade isn’t short of options with her talented mare Underthemoonlight in the coming months.

The Matamata horsewoman, who also part-owns and co-bred the black type performer, has yet to confirm a plan of attack with her immediate focus on Sunday’s Gr.3 ISCL Rotorua Stakes.

Underthemoonlight Photo: Trish Dunell

“There’s nothing firm in place at this stage,” McQuade said. “We’ve thought about Brisbane, but the biggest problem is getting her home from there.

“There’s also options of Sydney and Melbourne in the spring and there are some nice races here for her later on as well.

“She missed getting in the Makfi last year by one and she would have no trouble getting in this time around.”

Underthemoonlight’s post-Makfi Challenge Stakes success in the Gr.3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes and a runner-up finish in the Gr.3 Sweynesse Stakes should ensure her entry into this year’s Hawke’s Bay carnival features.

The five-year-old daughter of El Hermano opened her current preparation with a Listed second placing behind Bonniegirl at Hastings and last time out she was third behind Splurge at Te Rapa.

“She’s come back a lot more solid and confident in everything she does,” McQuade said. “She’s strengthened up and she’s good to go for Sunday.”

To be ridden as usual by Michael Coleman, Underthemoonlight also has a good record at Rotorua where she has finished in the money on all four of her previous visits. – NZ Racing Desk.