Three n' easy for Dunlop

Harry Dunlop is dreaming of the Oaks after the deserved victory of Three Moons at Folkestone today.

Harry Dunlop is dreaming of the Oaks after the deserved victory of Three Moons at Folkestone today.

The Montjeu filly finished second on four of her five starts as a juvenile but made no mistake in the Advertise Your Company @ racesponsors.co.uk Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Sent off as the 4-6 favourite, Richard Hughes - stepping in for the flu-ridden champion jockey Ryan Moore - was not hard pressed to beat the Henry Cecil newcomer Invincible Isle by a length and a quarter.

"I'm very happy with that. It was very important to get a win out of her and she was banging on the door all last year," said Dunlop.

"She ran so well in a maiden at Newmarket and to end the season without a win was frustrating, so to start the year like that is fantastic.

"We'll have to see what we do with her now.

"She's in the Oaks but pretty high in the handicap so maybe we'll go for an Oaks trial. Something like the Swettenham Stud at Newbury maybe which I know is a flat track and couldn't be further removed from Epsom but it will be fun to have a go and see how good she is.

"Being a mare by Montjeu we could really do with some black type for the family."

It got worse for Moore, who also missed two winners at Kempton on Wednesday evening, as Rash Judgement took the Jenner Reyno Handicap in the hands of Fergus Sweeney.

Now a four-year-old, Stuart Kittow's sprinter showed some smart form as a juvenile and had run well against the likes of Corrybrough and Generous Thought in the past.

Sent off at 11-2, he held off Buxton by a neck. Richard Evans was banned for one day (April 23) for careless riding on Vhujon in fourth.

"I found out this morning that Ryan wouldn't be riding because he wasn't feeling great still," said Sweeney.

"I won on this one at Windsor when he was two so I knew he was a good horse but he needs things to drop right."

Richard Hannon saddled his first two-year-old winner of the season in the shape of Monsieur Chevalier, and one thing is for sure - it will not be his last.

Sent off the 3-1 favourite for the racesponsors.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Stakes, Hughes' mount pulled five lengths clear of Diamond Laura and there will not be many betting against Hannon topping the 94 juvenile winners he saddled last term.

"He's a grand little horse," said Hughes.

"He's been pretty lazy at home and we thought he might need the run, although he's a lovely mover I couldn't get him to pick the bit up on the way down to the start as he's so laid back.

"He's outstayed them more than anything at the end as the ground is pretty slow.

"He'd get seven furlongs already."

Alan Munro and Jim Crowley were both given one-day bans (April 23) for not riding to their draw on Diamond Affair and Safari Camp respectively

The Winged Assasin (9-2 joint-favourite) landed a bit of a punt for John Akehurst in the Sponsor A Race @ racesponsors.co.uk Handicap.

"He didn't get home over a mile last time and it was also a class four race," said Akehurst.

"We thought we'd drop him in trip but more importantly drop him in class because there is a big difference between a class four and a class five."

Stef Liddiard's gallant veteran Siena Star (9-2 favourite) battled on gamely to land the Birthday Sponsorship @ racesponsors.co.uk Handicap at 11 years of age for Micky Fenton.

The promising Paul Pickard rode his second winner of the week on Barbirolli (15-2) in the Free Sign Up With racesponsors.co.uk "Hands And Heels" Apprentice Series Handicap.

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