Lunar Fox has caused a boilover at Flemington on Saturday to earn Terry O’Sullivan and Brett Prebble a second win in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
The two-year-old colt by Foxwedge was severely underestimated in the market despite winning a Maiden Plate at Ballarat last month – going around as a $26.00 chance with Ladbrokes.com.au.
O’Sullivan and Prebble won this race back in 2003 with Winestock, and it was another clever ride from the 27-time Group 1 winner that did the trick on Saturday.
Lunar Fox earned a split down the straight before hitting the lead on the outside of race-favourite Larimer Street. From there, the pair found the line strongly to win by half a length.
“He’s a smart horse this horse, I’ve always been saying to Terry that we need to get him up to 1400m to give him a chance,” Prebble told Racing.com.
Craig Williams chose to sit second behind the leader on Larimer Street, while Dwayne Dunn found no luck down the straight finishing third on Ole Kirk.
Prebble went on to say that he thought Lunar Fox still had a bit to give and that a step up to the mile could be next.
“I rode him a bit more cautious today, but he gave me a good turn of foot, he still gets left at the line, but he had a fair bit left,” Prebble went on to say.
“He’ll get a mile easy, that probably will be his distance, but you don’t know, he’s got a lot of character and he’s a beautiful horse.”