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Moonee Valley and Caulfield – Preview, Best Bets and Odds

Fri, Sep 29, 7:38am by Head Editor

It’s a bumper weekend of racing in Melbourne starting Friday night at Moonee Valley with Caulfield’s Sunday program hosting two Group 1’s.

A capacity field of 13 plus four emergencies have accepted for the Group 1 Moir (1200m) at The Valley with Russian Revolution ($3.30) at the top of markets. The Snowden-trained four-year-old resumed from a spell with a strong G2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) win at this track but he has drawn awkwardly in barrier 14 on Friday night.

Golden Slipper-winning filly She Will Reign ($3.90) returns from a break and she’s down on the 50kg minimum. Kerrin McEvoy rides but she too is drawn wide in barrier 11. Malaguerra ($10) is out wide as well (16) but he’s a proven fresh performer with five wins and a second from six first-up starts, last prep he took out the G2 Australia Stakes over this track and distance when resuming.

Terravista ($13) is six from nine when first-up while Voodoo Lad ($15) has had two runs this campaign winning when fresh before a fourth to Redkirk Warrior down the Flemington straight last start. Sheidel ($8) is the punters elect of the three Hayes/Dabernig runners while Perth’s Rock Magic ($23) and SA’s Viddora ($23) throw a different form line into the mix.

Hartnell ($1.90) continues his spring campaign in the G1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) after somewhat disappointing punters last start when second to Humidor in the G1 Makybe Diva (1600m) as a short odds-on favourite. Bonneval ($4.80) returned from her successful autumn campaign with a win in the G2 Feehan stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley when just nosing out Abbey Marie ($19) who also lines up here.

Abbey Marie has finished fifth in the G3 Naturalism (2000m) since with Samovare ($23) second in that race. Black Heart Bart ($4.80) has three minor placings to his name this campaign and he did win this race last year while trainer Nick Olive is adamant Single Gaze ($17) will run a much improved race on Sunday.

The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) is a typically interesting affair with 16 set to line up. Scales of Justice ($3.60) raced a touch erratically down the Flemington straight when having his first start outside WA when second to Redkirk Warrior in the G2 Bobbie Lewis (1200m).

So Si Bon ($19) has run three placings this campaign and all those he’s been flashing home to be beaten 0.2L, 0.75L & 0.5L respectively. Tosen Stardom ($6) is yet to win from five starts in Australia but he’s only run in G1 or G2 fields with two seconds, a third, fourth and fifth in those runs.

Theanswermyfriend ($7) and Mr Sneaky ($8.50) have finished alongside each other in a few recent runs, Land of Plenty ($16) was placed in the Bobbie Lewis while the Doncaster winner, It’s Somewhat ($17) returns from a spell in the Rupert Clarke. Grande Rosse ($15) is a last start winner and this has been a target race for the six-year-old.

Catchy ($2) and Royal Symphony ($2) are both short priced favourites in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on Sunday with the unbeaten Shoals ($7) and in-form Booker ($5) lining up against Catchy while Royal Symphony has drawn barrier 12 of 13.

Suggested Bet: It looks unlikely Ability ($5) will gain a start in the G1 Moir so he’ll go around at Caulfield on Sunday (race 9, number 2). He’s won four straight this campaign and returns from a last start G3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) win back at the beginning of August on a heavy-8. He’s carrying 60.5kg and drawn very wide but will drop back anyway so if he can get some clear running, hopefully he can sail over the top of them.

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