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Moonshine Lady to continue first-up strike rate

By Glenn Davis

Talented mare Moonshine Lady will attempt to continue her excellent first-up record when she makes her racing return at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.

Moonshine Lady will be ridden by apprentice Adin Thompson when she resumes in the TAB Benchmark 68 Handicap over 1000 metres.

A soft track rating has lifted the spirits of co-trainer Peter Hulbert with the five-year-old who has drawn a horror barrier 13.

Hulbert co-trains with son Will, and the pair was one of the first in Queensland to start a training partnership.

Moonshine Lady hasn’t started since finishing fourth to Fasano over 1200 metres at Doomben in April.

It was only the second defeat in five starts since Moonshine Lady was transferred from NSW trainer Richard Butler in late 2019.

“She hasn’t drawn well but I don’t think that matters too much at the Sunshine Coast,” Hulbert said.

“She won first-up from an outside gate when she had her first start for us in January.”

Moonshine Lady has a history of playing up behind the barriers but Hulbert believes he has worked out her problem.

“She races with ear muffs and she has a barrier blanket when she’s loaded,” Hulbert said.

“We had a bit of trouble working her out when she first came to us but we think we’re on top of it now.”

Aquis Park Gold Coast

JIM BEAM Fillies and Mares BENCHMARK 72 Handicap 1200m

Moonshine Lady scored a hat-trick of wins last campaign and has been fitted up for her return with a barrier trial over 1050 metres at Deagon last month.

“She trialled well but her time wasn’t that flash but that could be because she wore heavy shoes,” he said.

“She’s improved a lot since then and Caloundra has a bit of give which will suit her.

“She seems to grow a leg if it's wet and she has three wins from three starts in the heavy.

“She’s got big feet like frying pans.”

Hulbert expects a strong performance from Moonshine Lady and rates local sprinter Aziz Jamil Coureur as her main threat.

“It’s a tough race with a lot of chances but Aziz Jamil Coureur has won two of his last three starts,” Hulbert said.

“He looks the one to beat if he starts as I see he’s also entered for Doomben on Saturday.”

Moonshine Lady