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Moonee Valley Tips March 23 – best bets for Moonee Valley on Friday night

  • 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.

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 23

Race 4 - LADBROKES 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 16 (955m) 8:00pm

It’s not often if ever you’ll hear me say $1.55 is value, but gee this looks like a steal for SUPER TOO. The ultra-speedy filly won her only start at the track when defeating Rock ‘N’ Gold and Madeenaty in a 955m in a time of 55.830. This campaign, she sped out to lead in the Black Caviar Lightning weakened at the 300m mark, and then last start she set a cracking speed in the Challenge Stakes but weakened in the final 100m when claimed by Redzel and co in track record time. Strips fitter again and from barrier 3, surely she just leads all the way over this trip. 


Sticking with a smart one in SEANNIE here. Following two massive runs at Moonee Valley over 1200m, I thought she’d gobble them up as she stepped up to 1400m as her finishing burst is spectacular. Maybe she didn’t like Flemington or wasn’t suited by the tempo, but she now returns to the Valley and gets out to 1600m. She’ll settle toward the rear and should be rocketing at them late. 


Two top-class wins from SPANISH REEF this campaign and there’s no reason she can’t go on with it. She was too strong for Samovare last start and although that galloper beat her here last campaign, I think she was tapering off and that was evident by her next two runs before going for a break. Arguably her best win last preparation was when third-up over this trip, and she’s likely to speed across and share the lead and kick strongly for another win.


Previous Moonee Valley Tips:

March 16

Race 2 - 1PRINT HANDICAP (2040m) 7:00pm

Anyone that saw DIVINE COMMAND’s 2nd placing last start knows she was an absolute tragedy beaten. She got caught up on the inside and only got clear late when diving through and passing the winner a couple of strides past the post. This time it’s the same class, same weight, same barrier, same jockey, but Liam Riordan won’t want to make the same mistake again and will be looking to get out in plenty of time to wind this flying mare up. 


ZANAHARY is on the quick back-up in a tougher event but that’s a good sign he’s done well since last start and is ready to show his best. Being a natural leader over this trip, he looks suited at Moonee Valley where he can wind up the pace before the turn and try and outstay them down the short straight.


CLIFF’S EDGE is the class runner here and every run this campaign has been terrific. He’ll control the speed from barrier 4 and won’t have to work hard early like his past two starts. Only run at the track and trip was a 2nd to Aloisia in the second highest rating Moonee Valley Vase since the track was refurbished. Looks like the best bet of the night. 

March 2


DIVINE COMMAND absolutely rocketed home at this track and trip last start after being left flatfooted on the turn. That was with 23 days between runs, and with the good run under her belt, she can sit a bit closer to the speed from the good gate with no likely early pace, and then make her move on the turn. She seems to like the racing surface at Moonee Valley and can get us off to a good start.


DIAMOND GRACE maps for a similar run to her last two starts at the track and trip and is trending the right way with a significantly improved performance last start.  At just her second run this time in, she got out from behind them and cruised to a soft victory. Has plenty of upside and looks like the best of the night. 


HIGHLAND BEAT just needs a bit of luck from the wide gate to be winning this. He probably should have won second-up last campaign and resumed this time with a sound 3rd placing behind Eurack and Handsome Thief. He’s looking for this trip now, strips fitter for the run and should be charging at them late. 

February 23

Race 3 - LADBROKES 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 13 (955m) 7:30pm

Expecting ITZ INVINCIBLE to drive straight to the front and lead all the way here. He’s an absolute speedster over 1000m and sometimes finds that a big too long, but the 955m around Moonee Valley looks ideal and the 3kg claim gets him in with a winnable weight.


AL HARAM is an improving stayer that lacks a real turn of foot and should appreciate the step up to 3000m. He looks suited at Moonee Valley where he can sit just off the pace and wind up before the corner and try and maintain a strong gallop to the line. Gets winkers for the first time and is well in at the weights in this grade. 


I can’t believe the odds on offer for SEANNIE following an eye-catching run at the track and trip last start in good time. Technically this is much tougher, but she’s running better times than most of these and didn’t have the best of luck last time but absolutely flew home when clear at the 150m mark. True Excelsior also looks over the odds at $26 but Seannie is my top pick.

February 16 


LADY BITHIAH trialled extremely well before her first-up assignment and was heavily supported which indicated she would run well at Moonee Valley over 1000m. She sped out to lead and was travelling like a winner on the corner but found nothing and dropped right out. A tongue tie goes on this time so maybe she choked down or maybe she just ran out of condition. Either way, she’ll strip fitter for the run and the gear change is a positive.

Race 3 - $99 SUMMER MEMBERSHIP HANDICAP (1200m) 7:30pm

INVICTUM DOMINA should have won last start. Her trial was only average and she got caught three wide without cover for the entire trip and was only edged out late by Barchetta. Goes up in grade but drops 4.5kg, and from barrier 2, she’ll be up on the speed and hard to run down with a soft run in transit. 

Race 4 - LADBROKES 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 12 (955m) 8:00pm

Willing to have a crack at DANCE WITH FONTEIN here. She carried 59kg in this grade when first-up last preparation, where she copped a check at the 75m mark and dropped out to finish three lengths away. She was never going to win but she needs to build momentum around them and not be held up for one last crack in the final 150m. No public trials this time which is unusual, so maybe they are flying under the radar here. She’s likely to settle last in the small field of five which contains four horses that may fight for the front – if they do, she’ll be swooping late with 57kg after Stephanie Thornton’s 3kg claim.

Where To Bet On Moonee Valley Races

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Bookmakers Ladbrokes, who have the Odds Boost promotion running every day*, and CrownBet offer some of the best odds on Moonee Valley racing. Or take advantage of the some of the bookmaker bonus bets currently available.

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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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