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07/02/02 Share in Moon Dragon Sold on Eve of Racetrack Return
r7moondragon.jpg (16232 bytes)Prominent New South Wales breeder and owner Jim Fleming has purchased a share of boom Victorian trained filly Moon Dragon on the eve of a campaign which kicks off on Saturday.

Widely tipped as one of Australia's most exciting gallopers and future broodmares, the Lee Freedman trained youngster is the early favourite for this year's Group One Australian Oaks.

When asked by Cyberhorse, Swettenham Stud's Australian Director Adam Sangster confirmed today that Fleming had purchased a share in the Danehill filly.

Questioned about the value of the transaction Sangster was tight lipped except to say that Swettenham had "knocked back a substantial offer for her after the Sandown Guineas win last year."

Following her last start win in the Group Two Sandown Guineas last November media speculation had the value of the filly in excess of a million dollars.

r7moondragon2.jpg (11582 bytes)Sangster said the first approach from Fleming, who owns and operates Tyreel Stud, came in Queensland last month.

"Mr Fleming approached us at the Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast and expressed an interest in buying a share," Sangster said.

Moon Dragon will race in the Sangster family's colours when she steps out in the $151,000 The Brighton Mazda Vanity (Group Three) over 1400 metres.

The filly's chances were dented slightly at the barrier draw after being assigned to gate 15. Champion jockey Damien Oliver has been engaged to ride the filly.

Sangster is hoping that Moon Dragon can continue on from the early promise she had shown during her latest preparation.

r7moondragon3.jpg (14151 bytes)"We're hoping she continues to fulfil the potential she has already shown," he said.

The filly's current record stands at five wins from eight starts and prize earnings of $247,400. Prior to her win in the Sandown Guineas, where she stormed home to down stablemate All Courage, Moon Dragon had scored an impressive win in the listed Great Western on Melbourne Cup Day.

Fleming has expanded on one of the country's best broodmare bands in his ownership with the puchase of the stakes in Moon Dragon. Already his list of mares include Eau D'Etoile, Ballroom Babe, Chlorophyll, Impulsive Rhythm, Sky Watch, Temple Fire, Macrosa and Champagne's half sister Silently Yours.

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