Thu, Nov 14, 3:53pm by Daryl Curnow
What: Moonee Valley Night Races
Where: Moonee Valley, Melbourne, Australia
When: Friday, November 15. First race kicks off at 6:45pm, last at 10:15pm
Bet with: Centrebet.com.au and get a free $200 bet
With a mix of slick sprinters and gamely stayers, the night racing circuit provides punters with a good guide as to what horses are worth following on the premier days.
Race one is probably the best field of the night with eight three-year-olds lined up for action.
Clevadude heads the 1,000 metre Tabcorp Best Tote Plus 3YO after showing good speed in his first run this campaign. The son of Bel Esprit won his first two starts as a two-year-old, which earned him a spot in the $1.6 million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast in January. He started as a $5 shot that day but finished 14th after suffering from heat stress.
The Melbourne night air will be much cooler and everything is pointing to a Clevadude victory. The Rick Hore-Lacy-trained gelding is carded at carrying 60kg’s, but will get a three-kilogram claim from Patrick Moloney. He comes into this race relatively fresh having not raced since late September, with a fresh-up record of two starts for two wins. He’s won twice at Moonee Valley and his racing style will suit the inside draw as he’s likely to speed to the lead and use the tight home turn to kick away in the straight.
Also bringing in strong listed form is Calcutta, who will be looking to turn around her poor form this campaign. The Tale of the Cat filly won the listed DEQ Stakes at Morphetville in April, but hasn’t overly impressed in three runs since. She’ll find this assignment slightly easier and if she can find a nice position in the running, she’ll show her best form here.
Suggested bet: Clevadude to win at Centrebet.com.
The Adapt Australia F&M Handicap features a large field, but we’ll highlight one runner who should be tough to beat.
Godspiel is a progressive type stayer who has been consistent in every run this campaign, barring an unlucky 13th two starts ago when badly hampered during the running.
The four-year-old mare won well in a Rating 70 grade last time out and is suggesting the extra distance will suit perfectly. She’ll likely be favourite and will be tough to beat in this event.
Suggested bet: Godspiel each way at Centrebet.com
Race four looks like a two-horse race with the impressive Pentire gelding Tucanchoo looking to make it a hat-trick of wins since running second on debut.
The four-year-old has been well backed in all three starts with the most impressive coming last time out at Seymour. Taking on a field of seasoned runners, Tucanchoo was able to pull away from the tidy field which indicates the step up to 1,600 metres is exactly what he wants. He’s in great hands with M, W and J Hawkes and he has a solid team of owners behind him, so the confidence was there from the beginning.
Harvey’s True Heart should pose a threat to Tucanchoo as the Mick Price-trained gelding looks to cap off a form line which indicates he’s not the most consistent horse around. He’s won his last two from four but has disappointed for ninth and fourth in between those wins. In his favour is the knowledge that he can run a solid 1,600 metres, as two wins and two placings from five starts would suggest. He’s got a good draw and should be fighting out the finish with Tucanchoo.
Suggested bet: Tucanchoo/Harveys True Heart Quinella at Centrebet.com
Race five is the 55-second challenge where the entrants will try and beat the clock over the 955 metre distance. The quickest time throughout the night racing season scores their trainer a brand new Mazda car from Essendon Mazda, providing they break the 55 second barrier.
Last season, Bryon Cozamanis-trained Vatican took home the prize with a time of 54.69 seconds. Lamingtons has had 16 starts over this distance for three wins and five placings.
The four-year-old has a tricky draw but she performs well fresh up and should have the speed to clear the field from the jump. She’s a former listed winner and a win wouldn’t surprise here.
Suggested bet: Lamingtons each way at Centrebet.com
Other chances throughout the night are Schumacher in Race six and Smoke Burner in Race seven.
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