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Moonee Valley Tips December 23 – 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 - December 23

Race 4 - $99 SUMMER MEMBERSHIP HANDICAP (2040m) 2:45pm

O’Lonera should attract support here following a two-length victory at Pakenham last start. However, I don’t rate the win or his only performance at this track and trip where he finished 2nd in a time of 2:09.05 which was the slowest of three 2040m races on the day. CRAFTY DEVIL won at the track and trip two starts back in a time of 2:06.65, and although Electric Fusion meets him 3.5kg better at the weights after being beaten half a length in that Moonee Valley race, Electric Fusion’s last two runs can’t be forgiven – they were very poor. 

Race 7 - LADBROKES VOBIS GOLD CARAT (1200m) 4:40pm

BLACKWOLF RUN showed a tone of early pace on debut at Moonee Valley over 1000m but punctured late to finish 3rd behind Cao Cao and Kedleston. He’s been gelded and resumed from a 392-day break, and with time to mature, 1200m looks suitable first-up. By All Too Hard and out of the speedy Lonhro mare Black Minx, this one is bred to go quick, and he’ll get the chance to use that speed from barrier 2. 

Race 9 - NJT20CRICKET.COM.AU HANDICAP (1500m) 5:55pm

WIDGEE TURF finished 2nd to Fuhryk in the VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at this meeting last year and now comes here second-up after an impressive two-length win at Sandown. He’s won two from four second-up and looks to be going better than ever. He should enjoy a soft run from barrier 4 and can finish over the top of them late. 

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October 28


SIRBIBLE gets in with a nice weight, loves the track and does his best work when first-up. He scored in super quick time over the track and trip when fresh last campaign and he’ll take some catching.

Race 6 - MCCAFE MOONEE VALLEY GOLD CUP (2500m) 3:00pm

BIG DUKE can hold his form when he runs into it, and following a 2nd placing in The BMW (2400m) and win in the ATC St Leger Stakes (2600m) he is the one to beat.

Race 10 - DRUMMOND GOLF VASE (2040m) 5:45pm

ALOISIA stamped herself as a genuine Oaks contender with a strong victory in the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield which was run six lengths quicker than Cliff’s Edge’s win at the track and trip three starts back. She has plenty of upside and may be something special – just needs a bit of luck from the inside.

October 28


ORIENT LINE has featured in my blackbookers in both runs since an eight-week freshen-up and Friday night’s assignment is a bit easier. She dropped out to last and finished hard at her first run back over 1200m at Moonee Valley and then copped interference and was pushed back further than anticipated last start in the Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m). She’s at the top of her game now and should be able to hold a midfield position, and with luck getting through the pack, she can figure in the finish at each-way odds.

Race 4 - MITCHELTON WINES HANDICAP - 1000m - 08:00pm

MADEENATY has a class edge on these and just needs to jump cleanly and have some luck slotting in to prove too good. Tabbing and Smart Coupe will go quick from the inside and Sam’s Image will keep them honest from the outside. Madeenaty might be able to slot in right behind them and with blinkers for the first time and with three runs under her belt, she can get the job done.

Race 7 - LADBROKES MANIKATO STAKES - 1200m - 09:30pm

With the exception of Winx in the Cox Plate, VEGA MAGIC looks like the bet of the month and should be winning. There’s no early speed in the race and he should be able to control the tempo before kicking on to win impressively.

September 29


I really hope they let SO YOU TOO roll forward from the inside gate. This is a very talented gelding that should have more than three wins next to his name. He was caught four and five wide without cover when first-up from a spell and still ran a game 2nd. At his second run last campaign, they took a sit behind the leader and So You Too really resented it and was pulling Clare Lindop out of the saddle. He was then severely held up before getting out late and charging. If jockey Jeff Lloyd lets him slide forward, I can’t see them catching him.


Houtzen should be winning this but I like another horse for the place. Trainer Will Clarken said he’s likely to let Split Lip go forward at the Valley, and if she does, the early speed will really be on with Houtzen flying along with Elle Gagne and So Far Sokool also likely to go quick. That sets things up for the backmarkers to get into it, and I really like MINTHA. She’s drawn to get a soft run toward the tail of the field following her first-up run where she produced some quick final sectionals after being held up early in the straight. She should have won second-up last campaign, so I’m expecting her to put in a big run.

Race 4 - LADBROKES 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 1 (955m) 8:00pm

Jump, lead and keep on going will be the plan for MADEENATY as she drops back in trip and gets to ping of the corner at Moonee Valley on Friday night. She only ran out of fitness when nailed by Crown Witness at her first run this campaign, and then trying to hold her up last time didn’t work as she overraced when beaten 1.5 lengths by Pariah. That form is extremely strong, and from barrier 4 down on the minimum weight, I expect this one to be winning.

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.

Where To Bet On Moonee Valley Races

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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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