Moonee Valley Racecourse is one of Victoria’s premier race track and hosts around 27 days of racing action throughout the year.
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Moonee Valley is widely-recognised for its short home-straight of only 173m, making it the shortest of every course in Australia.
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Moonee Valley Tips March 24
Race 3 - PKF PLATE (1200m) 7:30pm
I was standing next to the connections of FALCOOL when Hugh Bowman gave them feedback on his Moomba Plate (1100m) win, and boy did Hughie give the horse a glowing report. The fact he made up ground from the rear on a day where there was a clear leader bias – especially over shorter trips – really shows how good the run was. That was on a Good 3 and considering he won both starts on Heavy going, he’s sure to be better suited by the Moonee Valley StrathAyre surface which has much more give in it.
Race 4 - INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 16 (955m) 8:00pm
SIRBIBLE currently holds the quickest time in the Inglis 55 Second Challenge (54.840) and will have to carry 3kg more this time – but that won’t bother him. He did that when first-up and has had an eight-week freshen-up since finishing 3rd behind Malaguerra and Black Heart Bart in the Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. I spoke with trainer Russell Bell a couple of weeks back and he said the horse is a real handful around the stable but is flying and has been set for this race. He bumps into some smart ones here but you can’t argue with times, and as I said, he’s gone quicker than anything else at the track and trip.
Race 6 - WILLIAM HILL SUNLINE STAKES (1600m) 9:00pm
I’m willing to take on I Am A Star from the wide gate and go with TURBO MISS who ran quicker time over the 1400m at Flemington last start and only got clear late before storming to victory over my tip in the race Rising Romance – damn!! I don’t like Rising Romance second-up and think Turbo Miss can lead this field as long as she doesn’t miss the start like last time. First time over a mile is a slight query but she’s place all three runs at the track and had no luck on two occasions when caught three deep without cover.
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Race 2 - SWEENEY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP - 1000m - 07:00pm
DANCE WITH FONTEIN meets last start victor Punt Club 4.5kg better at the weights and has drawn to advantage in gate 2. She looks better suited over 1000m and is at her peak after four runs this campaign.
Race 4 - INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 13 - 955m - 08:00pm
LADY ESPRIT is simply flying at the minute and can win again. She won two in a row at the Valley and then didn’t have a lot of luck in the WJ Adams Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield last start where she was only two lengths from the winner after being held up. Barrier 3 is ideal and she’s at her peak for this sprint.
Race 7 - OPUS GROUP TOUR OF VICTORIA SPRINT FINAL - 1200m - 09:30pm
I really feel for Gabby Englebrecht losing CANNYESCENT to the Lindsay Park stable because she loved that horse so much and new what potential he had. But racing is a business and you can’t begrudge owners for doing what they think is right with their investment. Anyway, this horse really does have a stack of ability, and although I’m not sure Moonee Valley is the place to see him at his best, I’m willing to jump in before he blows them away and starts really short next time. Hayes and Dabernig produced another ex-Englebrecht galloper, Aghna, for a first-up win at the Valley with Mark Zahra aboard so hopefully lightning strikes twice.
Race 3 - ADAPT AUSTRALIA HANDICAP (1000m) 7:30pm
An interesting event here with impressive last start winner I’m Too Hot likely to spear across from the wide gate and take up the running. I like Villa Verde too but she’s drawn awkwardly and will need a ton of luck. ATHENA LASS maps perfectly from barrier 4 and is proven over 1000m at Moonee Valley first-up from a spell. She was narrowly beaten at her second start by a subsequent Group 1 winner and her other two runs were at Group level. She gets in well with 57kg after Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim in a BM64, and I expect her to go close.
Race 5 - INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 12 (955m) 8:30pm
ATOMIC LOKADE is another mount for Ben Thompson, and she’ll carry just 52kg from the inside gate. Was scratched on Wednesday in preference for this and she looked very good in a recent jump-out. She finished 2nd to Runson when first-up last campaign, and that galloper has raced through the grades finishing 2nd to Sirbible in a BM90 over the 955m trip at Moonee Valley most recently.
Race 8 - 1PRINT HANDICAP (1200m) 10:00pm
ANATOLA should have won when first-up over 1000m at Moonee Valley and was then a bit disappointing at her past two despite placing in both. I think she didn’t finish off when stepping up to 1200m and then was found wanting a bit over 1300m last time. The drop back to 1200m looks ideal at her fourth run this campaign, and from barrier 1 with a 2kg claim from Beau Mertens, she gets her chance.
Race 3 - SIMPSON CONSTRUCTION HANDICAP (1000m) 7:30pm
This looks like the easiest race ANGRY GEE has found all preparation and he can secure that deserved win. He was unlucky not to have beaten Lady Esprit at this track, trip and grade two starts back, and he again finished behind that runner last start after getting back too far and running on. With four runs under his belt this campaign, I’d love to see him go forward and really serve it up to them instead of relying on luck in the straight.
Race 5 - INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 10 (955m) 8:30pm
DANCE WITH FONTEIN simply didn’t get a crack at them last time and was an unlucky miss for punters at big odds. She was bolting behind the leaders and couldn’t find a clear passage home. She’s drawn barrier 3 at the same track and trip she won at when first-up this campaign, and with a soft trail behind the leaders, she can gather them in and go on to score.
Race 6 - 1PRINT TOUR OF VICTORIA DISTANCE SERIES HEAT 4 (2040m) 9:00pm
ON WINGS comes from the right form race having worked home strongly behind the in-form Skullduggery and the ever-consistent Royal Applause. Fifth-up from a spell he finally gets out to a suitable trip and I’m expecting him to be charging home.
Race 1 - WILLIAM HILL HANDICAP (1200m) 1:00pm
Despite looking unsuited at Moonee Valley with his get back and run on style, I’m keen on INVINCIBLE AL who has a jockey change that will suit. Tahlia Hope has ridden him at his past two and run into trouble both times, but I’m hoping Beau Mertens has a bit more luck and can steer him to the win he deserves.
Race 2 - SCHWEPPES LEMONADE HANDICAP - 1600m - 01:35pm
VIOLENT SNOW should have gone back-to-back last start but had no luck getting clear in the straight. There’s some good early speed in this mile contest, and from barrier 6, jockey Jamie Mott should be able to slot her in behind the speed before getting to the outside on the corner and making a move. She scored an impressive win over Maternal here earlier this campaign, and with a bit of luck, she can topple the favourite.
Race 9 - JACOB SCHWEPPE HANDICAP - 1200m - 05:55pm
AMERISTRALIA has to be the best bet around the country. She had no luck last time when caught wide but wasn’t beaten far and can improve out of sight second-up. Last campaign, she narrowly won a maiden first-up and then scored a big 3.5 length win in a BM64 at her next start. If she takes that much improvement into this second-up run, they won’t be able to hold her out.
Race 3 - ESSENDON NISSAN HANDICAP (1000m) 5:55pm
ANGRY GEE meets last start victor My Survivor 4kg better at the weights and has drawn a slightly better gate. He has more room for upside at his third run from a spell and has also drawn better that some of his other highly-credentialed rivals. It was only the 6.5kg weight disadvantage that saw him beaten last time, and his first-up 2nd placing behind the in-form Tykiato is good enough for this. Expect him to be right up with the lead as he drops back in trip, and with any luck from barrier 8, he’s the one to beat.
Race 4 - SIMPSON CONSTRUCTION HANDICAP (2040m) 6:30pm
It’s hard to go against HONEY CARA who simply brained them at the track and trip last start. She goes up from BM70 to BM78 but drops 2kg and did win by six lengths last time. Tucano has the class to win this but doesn’t appear to be going well enough yet – expecting an improved run from him but think he might be a run or two short.
Race 7 - SNAP FITNESS ESSENDON HANDICAP (1200m) 8:20pm
Damien Oliver will be keen to make amends for the extremely unlucky ride on ANATOLA last start. She only got clear late in the straight and flew home to be beaten half a length. She improves second-up and barrier 5 should see her lop into a one out, one back position which will give her every chance to swoop in the straight.
Race 4 - 2:35PM Art Series Hotel Group Handicap (1200 METRES)
Hellbound lines up in Race 4 on the programme and comes off a 3rd placing behind a potential topliner in Speedeor over the 1000m trip on Melbourne Cup day. On that occasion he settled well back in the field and ran home very nicely to finish just a length behind the winner, with Biased Witness splitting that pair. Biased Witness lines up as favourite on Saturday and is also slightly better off at the weights, however, Hellhound may be open to more improvement, given that the Flemington effort was his first run from a break. That pair should fight out the race and the son of More Than Ready looks to be the value contender.
Race 7 - 4:30PM 1PRINT Handicap (2040 METRES)
Little White Cloud produced something special at his most recent start, winning for Team Williams after more than three years off the scene. On that occasion he lined up at Flemington over 2000m on Stakes Day and defeated a handy lot, despite facing the breeze out three and four deep for much of the race. The question will be just how he goes racing second up after such a long break. If we take the first up performance on face value, he looks to be right in this. With the handy Barrier, as well as the weight, the odds on offer may be a steal.
Race 8 - 5:10PM Montmorency FC Handicap (1000 METRES)
Stellar Collision resumes in Race 8 for trainer Darren Weir and has been well supported in early markets, which is always a good sign. The four-year-old showed plenty earlier this year and is unbeaten first up, while at his last appearance at Moonee Valley he blitzed the likes of Demonstrate and Keen Array over the 1200m journey. His only other run at the track came over 1000m, defeating Grey Street. He has drawn Barrier 7, while the likes of the impressive Sirbible will have to work hard from the outside. With Ben Allen claiming 2kg, the pair should be a great chance of taking this out.
Race 4 - TELSTRA PHONEWORDS STAKES (1200m) 1:50pm
Damien Oliver copped a lengthy holiday for all but knocking KEN’S DREAM over in the Blue Sapphire, and with a bit more luck and peak fitness on his side, he’s the one to beat.
Race 5 - MERLIN GARAGE DOOR OPENERS STAKES (1600m) 2:25pm
LADY LE FAY ($2.60) was just one run short last time at Randwick over her pet trip and should be near her peak now. From a good gate, she looks like one of the best chances on the card.
Race 8 - ANTLER LUGGAGE MOONEE VALLEY GOLD CUP (2500m) 4:10pm
GALLANTE ($4.20) finished runner-up to Jameka in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) when first-up from a spell and that’s the right form to be following. The son of Montjeu improved dramatically second-up last campaign before winning the Sydney Cup (3200m) at his third run, and he looks a great chance.
Race 3 - THE SPORTING GLOBE AFTER THE LAST JRA CUP (2040m) 7:30pm
Tempted to have a crack at MAURUS at nice odds here. The track was rated Good on Thursday morning but with rain predicted for Thursday and Friday, I’m hoping it will get to the Soft range which will suit him better. I blackbooked Bring Something three times from the barrier trials and he ran a cracking 3rd at Caulfield at odds of $101. Maurus beat Bring Something in the most recent trial and was travelling much better. Formerly with David Vandyke, the son of Medicean is now with Robert Smerdon and his brilliant turn of foot could see him figure in the finish in what is a tough assignment. Odds of $15 are worth an each-way go.
Race 4 - INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 2 (955m) 8:00pm
Funnily enough, ESTAMINET also beat Bring Something home in a barrier trial back on September 19 and she looks to have come back in sensational order. The trial was over 1550m so there is no issue with her running through the line over 955m, and although she’s drawn wide, she’s likely to go forward and sit on the speed. General Jackson also trial really well but hasn’t won for a long time. He’ll take some catching but Estaminet is the one to run him down.
Race 5 - STRATHMORE COMMUNITY BANK STUTT STAKES (1600m) 8:30pm
HEY DOC was very impressive winning at Moonee Valley last time when he did a few things wrong. The stable were keen to see if he would get the trip (1514m), and considering he overraced and was wide without cover, he’ll have no problem running out 1600m. A few of his rivals finished behind Rocketeer previously and Hey Doc beat him easy last time so the form stacks up well. Detective and Tessera are the obvious dangers but Hey Doc should get the gun run and be strong at the finish.
Race 6 - ZOUSTAR STOCKS STAKES (1600m) 9:00pm
I’m keen on RISING ROMANCE for a few reasons here. Firstly, she’s the class runner and that will take her a long way. She’s drawn perfectly in barrier 4 and is near peak fitness after two good runs behind Black Heart Bart and Palentino. But more importantly, when I spoke with Ben Hayes before her campaign began, he said they were racing her without blinkers to leave something up their sleeve for later – blinkers now go back on and this is the win she needs before tackling the Cox Plate. Also, she was due to be served by Written Tycoon following the Makybe Diva Stakes, and most racing fans would be aware that mares in foal generally run better. This looks like her best chance to win one this campaign.
Race 2 - 1PRINT CRAIG OPIE CUP (1600m) 1:00pm
A sense of Déjà vu here as RAW IMPULSE resumes from a spell. Last campaign he kicked off at Moonee Valley over 1500m from barrier 1 and scored a very soft win. This time in, he resumes at the same track over 1600m and has again drawn the inside gate. Damien Oliver gets the ride and should have him out in time to challenge for the win.
Raw Impulse to win ($2.10)
Race 4 - UNITED REFRIGERATION HANDICAP (1514m) 2:15pm
I think I may have found one at juicy odds here. WHEATSHEAF FLYER has peaked twice previously when winning at his third run from a spell, and his last start effort suggests he’s ready to do the same. He charged home over 1400m at Caulfield to finish two lengths from Prince Of Brooklyn and the step up in trip now looks ideal. He gets in well at the weight after the claim and with a bit of luck getting through the field, he can be right in the finish.
Wheatsheaf Flyer each-way ($14)
Race 6 - MITCHELTON WINES ATLANTIC JEWEL STAKES (1200m) 3:30pm
With I’m A Star drawing the carpark, ATHENA LASS really does look like the winner here. Her only start at the track produced an impressive win, and third-up from a spell from barrier 3, she’ll take some catching from up on the speed. I dropped off her last start because I didn’t know how she’d handle the Good track, but now that we know she goes on Good to Heavy, she looks pretty bomb proof from out in front.
Athena Lass to win ($7)
Race 1 - RANGEDALE PLATE (2500m) 12:50pm
Black Tomahawk meets AU REVOIR better at the weights here but the latter has more upside and can go back-to-back. He’ll strip fitter from his last start win and will be hard to catch at the Valley if he goes to the lead again. He’s also the only runner in the field to have placed at the track and some of them have a really poor record at the track.
Au Revoir to win ($4.50)
Race 3 - DR SHEAHAN PLATE (1200m) 2:00pm
FRENCH EMOTION won by 4.5 lengths when first-up last campaign and raced through the grades until finishing 2nd at this level before running poorly in Adelaide over a longer trip. She’ll get back and will be running on but may be a bit too classy for these.
French Emotion to win ($3.10)
Race 6 - MAYORAL CHARITY COMMUNITY HANDICAP (2040m) 4:00pm
I’m sticking with WISH COME TRUE at massive odds here. He may have finished 13 lengths from Royal Rapture when first-up from a spell but he was caught three wide without cover and the run was far better than it looks on paper. His last and only win in Australia was at this track and distance, and his barrier trial was too good to explain the poor run last time. He can bounce back from the inside gate and put himself in contention.
Wish Come True each-way ($41)
Race 8 - 1PRINT CARLYON STAKES (1000m) 5:15pm
This is an exciting race with so many good sprinters lining up. Most top hopes have drawn wide, and while Heatherly looks hard to catch from a good gate, her price is too short in such an open race. The Tony McEvoy-trained SHIRAZ has won four of six first-up runs and should get the gun run behind the speed. Look for him to be finishing hard at decent odds.
Shiraz to win ($6.50)
Race 1 - FRIENDS OF EPWORTH HANDICAP (1200m) 12:15pm
The Mick Price-trained VEGAS STRIP can get us off to a good start in the opening event and will be suited by a rain-affected track. I was really keen on this filly after she showed an abundance of speed in a jumpout before her debut, but she got back to last and rattled home at Moonee Valley. She was then disappointing in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick and was sent for a spell. Two average runs this campaign had me doubting her class, but after posting a 4.75-length win at Cranbourne over 1200m last time on a Heavy track, maybe she has found her niche – she’s a mudlark. If she jumps to the lead from an inside gate on Saturday, she’ll prove extremely hard to run down with 1.5kg less than last time.
Vegas Strip to win ($5)
Race 3 - VITAL HEALTHCARE PROPERTY TRUST HANDICAP (2040m) 1:28pm
There could be some value here with the top two in the market looking unsuited. Raw Impulse disappointed last time and has drawn awkwardly in this race. He’s likely to have to go back to near last and there has to be some doubt over whether he has the class to round this field up with a long sustained run. Turnitaround has got us the cash three times in a row now but I’m dropping off him and saying thank you for loading our pockets. LONGERON nearly had him last time, is now ready to peak, gets the gun run with leading jockey Dwayne Dunn aboard, meets Turnitaround 1.5kg better at the weights and loves Soft to Heavy ground.
Longeron to win ($5)
Race 4 - ZOUKI HANDICAP (1600m) 2:05pm
CLEMENCY gets in 1kg under the minimum weight here, and with just 53kg, she can serve it up to some quality fillies and mares. Lahqa was very brave winning last start and looks the likely leader with Brinkley Lass, and if Clemency lands on their backs and then gets the drop on them, she can extend her unbeaten second-up record to three.
Clemency to win ($4)
Race 9 - DI OFFICE DESIGN HANDICAP (1200m) 5:15pm
DUKE OF BRUNSWICK peaked at his third run from a spell when dropping from 1400m to 1200m. He now drops from 1300m to 1200 at his third run, drops 3kg in weight, gets the gun run behind the speed for Dwayne Dunn and should win.
Duke Of Brunswick to win ($4)
Race 1 - THINK BIG STUD HANDICAP (2040m) 1:00pm
The Chris Waller-trained YELLEN has been ultra-consistent this campaign and gets her chance to break through again. She was defeated by Yulong Baby and Ring Da Belle two starts back at Caulfield but he dominant 4-length win at Moonee Valley earlier this campaign suggests she may have the edge here. With little genuine pace in the race, I think Yellen can possibly lead at a moderate tempo, and if that’s the case, they won’t pass her in the straight.
Race 4 - WT PARTNERSHIP HANDICAP (2040m) 2:47pm
ALAMONTEEL is a filly with natural staying ability and based on her last run, she is ready for the step up in trip and looks great each-way odds. She did it tough last time sitting three and four deep without cover before racing up to the lead at the 600m mark and fighting on for a deserved win. She’ll get a cushy run from barrier 5, and with luck in running, she can power over the top of them.
Race 6 - CAMPOLINA HANDICAP (2040m) 4:06pm
PRIMA looks ready to peak now and gets in 2.5kg under the minimum weight from an ideal gate. In-form apprentice Ben Thompson takes the ride and should be able to slot in right behind the leaders. With no weight on her back, the daughter of Sir Percy can kick on strongly to be right in the finish.
Race 8 - BROWNS SAWDUST AND SHAVINGS HANDICAP (1000m) 5:26pm
MR WALKER met with a lot of support last start and he proved too good when carrying 61kg in a BM70 at Warrnambool. Stable confidence must be high with him still now that he is rising sharply in grade, but he did finish a good 2nd at his only start at the track and has won two from three at the distance. If Dean Yendall can weave a big of magic from barrier 7, he could surprise at big each-way odds.
Race 1 - SLICKPIX HANDICAP (1000m) 1:36pm
There wasn’t a lot between Petite’s Reward and HEATHERLY last time and with fitness on her side now, Heatherly can turn the tables. Lonhro progeny do get better with racing and we haven’t seen the best of this three-year-old filly yet. She’s drawn to get the run of the race behind the speed or without the noseroll, she may even try and take up the running. Regardless, she should be too good here and get us off to a good start.
Race 3 - RANVET HANDICAP (1500m) 2:46pm
Regular readers would know I have a lot of time for this horse and think she is an extremely underrated galloper. The Mick Sell-trained PENNY TO SELL has some talent and has given us a couple of big wins at juicy odds. It’s her turn to shine on Saturday and although she has been unplaced in both runs at Moonee Valley, she wasn’t far away and each run was good. She gets blinkers for the first time and from barrier 2 I would be expecting a more forward showing. With a couple of fancied runners drawn awkwardly, I think the mare gets her chance if she jumps with the blinkers.
Race 5 - ALLIANCE BROKING SERVICES VOBIS GOLD CARAT - 1200m - 04:05pm
Another short one here but gee LOVE DAYS has some talent. The daughter of Bel Esprit reminds me of another Bel Esprit mare that went on to immortality but I won’t dare mention her name in the same sentence yet. All great ones have to start somewhere and to carry 60kg and step up from a maiden win and then win so effortlessly at Moonee Valley in a BM64 over 1200 was simply outstanding. She’s drawn wide here and will need to be every bit as good as I think she is to win.
Race 6 - WEDRIVE.COM.AU YOUR CAR HANDICAP (2040m) 4:45pm
REBEL RISING looks value at big odds and gets in well at the weights from a good gate. He always peaks around his fourth or fifth run from a spell and his effort last start to finish 2.6 lengths from Black Sheep over 1600m at Moonee Valley was good enough to suggest he’ll be working home well over 2040m. He drops from 58.5kg to 54kg and although this is technically a step up in grade, the field really doesn’t look much stronger than his last race.
Race 1 - JOHN PARASKEVAS PLATE - 1000m
WOW! Get on this one now! Having just returned from Vegas after partying on the strip, I was immediately drawn to the Mick Price-trained filly VEGAS STRIP in the opening event. She is owned by Blueblood Thoroughbreds who are purchasing some really nice types, and this daughter of Snitzel is no exception. She sizzled in a recent 700m jumpout at Caulfield, stopping the clock at 47.86 secs and winning in tremendous style. She jumped brilliantly and has enough early dash to lead but soon settled before really putting a gap on them in the last 150m. She comes into barrier 7 after one scratching so far, but as I said, she has great gate speed and can lead all the way. Watch the replay and you’ll be jumping on too.
Race 4 - SLICKPIX HANDICAP - 2500m
I tipped IMPERIAL LASS in the QLD Oaks at $41 because she is bred to stay and peaks fourth-up from a spell. She now gets to the right trip and is at her fourth run this campaign. Her first and second-up wins were impressive and she’ll find this easier than her last start 4-length 9th in the Matriarch Stakes (2000m). Jockey Linda Meech will ride this race to instructions and put her mount in the best place possible.
Race 7 - CITY JEEP HANDICAP - 1000m
GRANE is a weighted special on Saturday and goes well at the track and distance. The son of Purrealist has carried 60.5 and 59.5kg at his past two starts and now drops to 53kg. He won two starts ago with the big weight but failed to finish off last time - won’t know himself with the light weight and can bounce back.
Race 9 - WILLIAM HILL HANDICAP - 1200m
NICOSCENE flopped on the Heavy Flemington track last time but can bounce back at his favourite track. He hasn’t missed a place in six runs at Moonee Valley and will improve significantly second-up on a dry surface. He gets in well at the weights after Dylan Dunn’s 3kg claim and should enjoy a nice run two pairs back. Looks value!
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