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.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea with 17 days of sport on ice! So whilst we watch the…
The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles went toe to toe for four closely contested quarters and after an offensive game for…
The 2018 Australian Open ends with a maiden Grand Slam title for Dane Caroline Wozniacki and a historic 20th Grand Slam title…