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Moonee Valley Tips September 9 – best bets for Moonee Valley on Saturday

  • Best bets for Moonee Valley on Saturday
Moonee Valley racing

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 - September 9

Race 1 - LADBROKES ODDS BOOST HANDICAP (1600m) 12:25pm

SEA THE SPARKLE can kick off what could be a big day for jockey Craig Williams who has some great chances throughout the nine-race programme. The five-year-old daughter of Sea The Stars has been building nicely this campaign, and her last run just screamed ‘I’ll be ready next time.’ She ranged up and hit the lead at Caulfield over the mile but was outgunned late by the gutsy Hell Or Highwater who has since franked the form with a Group 3 win. It was clear Sea The Sparkle just peaked on her run late, and although this is a tough event, she should be ready to show her best now.


There’s not a lot of value with BRAVE SMASH but he does look like the best of the day. A game first-up 2nd to subsequent Memsie Stakes winner Vega Magic is the right form for this, and although, he’s drawn awkwardly in barrier 9, he can probably afford to sit wide and still win. 

Race 4 - LF SIGN GROUP HANDICAP (2040m) 2:15pm

HARLOW GOLD finished 1.5 lengths from Hey Doc in the Group 1 Australian Guineas when second-up last campaign, and following a nice first-up run at the Valley, she could run a big race at nice odds. A few of the top fancies have drawn wide and are going to need some luck, while Harlow Gold should enjoy a soft run from barrier 3.

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August 26

Race 1 - MCMAHON'S DAIRY HANDICAP (2500m) 12:25pm

Interesting race to kick off the day, and although the in-form Yogi should attract plenty of attention, It’s hard to see him being suited by Moonee Valley when he takes so much riding to get into his races. Charlevoix was a tragedy beaten last start and will also be heavily supported, but I like the other Weir runner, MASTER ZEPHYR. He ran quicker time than Charlevioix at Flemington and had to go 10m further, while he also has the track experience at The Valley, and he should improve following his first run over 2500m this preparation. He’s drawn to get the gun run just off the speed, and if he’s anywhere near the lead at the top of the straight, he’ll prove hard to run down. 


Last start winner Azazel and 3rd placegetter Cao Cao should be well-found in the market, but I’m hoping we get some value about FRANKEL MY DEAR who finished 5th behind that pair and was doing his best work late over 1000m. The step up in trip looks ideal, and he’s drawn to get a soft run from barrier 4. With even luck in running, and race experience under his belt now, he could be the one cause an upset. 


HEATHERLY won this race last year when first-up from a spell and now carries 2kg less from barrier 2. Her only unplaced fresh run was last campaign when finishing two lengths from Terravista in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) where she overraced and faded late. She can lead if she jumps well, but she doesn’t have to. She clocked 43.08 in a recent 800m jump-out at Flemington which was one of the quickest on record, and considering she was hard to pull up after the line and had a good blow, she’ll improve from that and should have no trouble running a really strong 1000m.

June 17

Race 2 - BIDFOOD HANDICAP (1000m) 12:50pm

A STERLING DASH is a very tough filly that has been carrying big weights and running well, and you can forget her last run on the unsuitable Heavy track. An interesting move with Damien Oliver going on, and from the inside gate, you know they’ll be looking for a soft run and hoping Oliver can weave a path through the ruck to get her home at big odds. 


FAST CASH goes extremely well at the track and trip and gets in with just 51kg after Brandon Stockdale’s claim. He charged home last start and comes into this at his absolute peak. A tough race with many chances but he can sneak into the placings at nice odds.


HIGHLAND BEAT was most unlucky last time behind Katsuro and now meets him 2kg better at the weights, while he also has more upside. With fitness on his side he can afford to hold a position around midfield, and if Craig Williams can work him into the race at the right time. He’ll be finishing best.

June 3

Race 3 - CAFETTO HANDICAP (1000m) 1:30pm

The wide gate has made this tougher for MISS VISTA but she has the early speed to burn across and take up the running. She overraced last start which gave Grey Street the chance to turn the tables on her after her first-up win, but the drop back from 1100m to 1000m at Moonee Valley should see her strong through the line.


NEW GRADUATE stepped up from BM70 grade to a BM84 last start and was only caught in the final 50m over 1800m. She goes best on rain-affected tracks and Moonee Valley with its anticipated Good 4 to Soft 5 should suit – as will the drop back to 1600m. She can spear across from barrier 9 and give them something to catch with just 54kg on her back. 

Race 9 - DOMINANT HANDICAP (1200m) 5:25pm

Going with RUN GYPSY RUN to knock off Ken’s Dream and Benz here. The quickest Ken’s Dream has gone at the track and trip is in 1:11.140 on a Good 3, while Ken’s Dream finished runner-up to Benz previously at the track and distance in 1:11.780 on a Good 4. They have to carry the same weight while Run Gypsy Run finished two lengths off the pace in a much quicker 1:10.430 and drops 1kg getting in with just 52.5kg. Run Gypsy Run comes off a strong first-up win and is likely to lead, and with roughly 6kg less than the other pair, they might struggle to pick her up in the short straight.

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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What Bets To Place at Moonee Valley Races

There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.

Moonee Valley Race Track Description

Moonee Valley is a fairly consistent track with a sand base that compacts to become firm and drainage is very good after a downpour. 

The track is constructed of the StrathAyr Turf System, having a lower layer of sand and an upper rootzone layer reinforced with mesh elements. 

The unique, tight turning cambered circuit favours horses that are trained on small tracks such as Mornington, while horses trained on large open tracks such as Flemington can find it a difficult track to master. 

The short straight favours on pace runners although it is possible for horses to make ground from the rear, providing they make a well-timed run.

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