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Scintillating winning debut for Classy Moon; dam bought for $20,000 in 2018

Classy Moon, out of recent $20,000 Schumer Bloodstock purchase Contentious, made a scintillating debut in Britain on Tuesday to justify the high opinion held of him by leading trainer Karl Burke.


Classy Moon pictured at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale

The son of Malibu Moon turned an excellent profit for pinhooker Tom Whitehead of Powerstown Stud back in April when selling for £220,000 to Burke at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale in Doncaster.

That transaction made him the third highest priced youngster of that sale and it looks money well spent judged on his winning performance at Carlisle; although Classy Moon missed a beat at the start, he was able to make a sustained run on the outside under Clifford Lee that saw him pull nearly three lengths clear of the second.

The Racing Post was impressed, saying: “He was well backed for a yard well worth noting with their juvenile debutants on this track. Clifford Lee must have feared the worst when taken even further left from his isolated stall with a slight bump leaving the gates. He managed to tag on to the outside of the pack, though, and picked up really well from over 2f out to get well on top. It was a smart winning debut and he should go on to much better things.”

The colt is out of the Group 3-placed Contentious, a daughter of leading broodmare sire Giant’s Causeway, and therefore a half-brother to Querulous, dam of last season’s top British two-year-old Kessaar, winner of the Mill Reef and Sirenia Stakes. Kessaar, who now stands at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland, wasn’t on the page when Contentious went through the ring at Keeneland last November but Schumer Bloodstock were well aware of the update and targeted the mare as a result.

Dam Contentious was bought for just $20,000 last November. Pic: Thorostride

We were able to pick her up for just $20,000 in foal to Palace Malice.

Contentious recently foaled a colt by Palace Malice and is back in foal to Tamarkuz.

Classy Moon could be next seen at Royal Ascot, a meeting where Schumer Bloodstock will also be represented by Soldier’s Call.

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