Fri, Aug 24, 1:52pm by Staff Writer
Melbourne racing heads to Moonee Valley on Saturday. The rail is out four-metres and the track was a soft-5 at acceptances however little rain is forecast leading into race day.
The Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) is one of the features for the day with Hey Doc ($4.50) opening as favourite in an open race. The five-year-old is resuming from a one-run campaign in the autumn when seventh of ten in the G1 Lightning (1000m) down the Flemington straight but he was a G1 Manikato (1200m) winner here during the spring. He’s got top weight of 60kgs but he’s three from five when fresh and drawn ideally in barrier four.
Super Too ($5) is a speedy mare who’s down from Sydney for Marc Conners with two starts already at the track – over the 955m – for one win and a close third. She finished alongside Invincible Star in her first trial before a runaway 10L win in her second trial. She jumps from barrier 13 with Damien Oliver to ride.
Only three of the 13 runners are already into a campaign and Banidpur ($13) is one of those three. A winner of five from 11 in total he’s won his past two but drawn wide (in barrier 12) on Saturday. Invincible Al ($35) was third to Bandipur last start with back-to-back wins before that.
Mr Sneaky ($10) is two wins and two seconds from four first-up attempts and while he didn’t win any races last campaign he did run second at G2 grade when fresh and beaten 1.2L in the G1 CF Orr (1400m). He didn’t handle the heavy at Doomben two starts back before a close third to the in-form I’m a Rippa in the G3 BRC Sprint (1350m) when only beaten 0.4L.
Faatinah ($4.60) has won four from six when first-up and one of those was last campaign in Dubai over 1200m. He’s zero from two here at Moonee Valley and yet to win under 1100m.
Quilista ($6.50) resumes from a successful autumn campaign which saw her win three-straight – one at G3 and another at G2 grade – before finishing mid-field in the G1 Sangster (1200m) before a spell.
I’m Wesley ($15) has two wins and four minors from his seven first-up runs and although he didn’t win in three starts last prep, he was beaten in a photo in two of those runs and the prep before that he strung together six-in-a-row down in Tasmania. Dothraki ($10) isn’t renowned for winning but he does have seven wins and twenty minors from 45 starts although only the one win from 12 fresh attempts.
The Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) is the other feature of the day where Brutal ($1.90) is an odds-on favourite for the race. He was a 5L winner at his only run and he’s at or near the top of a few features later this spring like the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) and G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Marcel from Madrid ($5.50), Ocean Knight ($7.50) and Leonardo Da Hinchi ($9) are the only other runners under double figure odds while Ringadingding ($16) – who has drawn wide in barrier 12 – is also an acceptor in Sydney.
Suggested Bet: Hoping Tulip ($3, race 1, number 6) can open the day on a winning note. It’s by no means a walk in the park for the four-year-old mare and while she’s only won the three from 15, she’s raced most of her career in black-type races and been competitive enough in them. She was a G3 winner over this track and distance in the early autumn and down to BM90 grade here, she looks well placed.
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