Fri, Aug 3, 9:45am by Staff Writer
After a bit of a break, Melbourne racing returns to Moonee Valley this Saturday to open the new racing season. The rail will be in the true and the track was a good-4 at acceptances.
Race seven is an open handicap over 1600m with a field of 14 accepted to run – Chamois Road ($7) allocated top weight of 61kg. He’s on the quick back-up after a 1400m win at Caulfield last week with three wins from four starts this campaign.
Malaise ($6) is one of a few who finished behind Chamois Road last start, who also line up here – the five-year-old gelding finishing sixth of 12 but beaten just over 1L. He won at his previous start before that with two placings at his first two runs back this prep.
Call Me Handsome ($3.40) – third to Chamois Road last week – has been placed at all his three runs this campaign and he makes his Moonee Valley debut here.
Last Week ($12) is starting to build a good record with three wins and five placings from his 11 career starts and he resumes from a successful staying campaign over the summer. He’s one of three runners for Weir – Another Coldie ($4.40) is looking for back-to-back wins after a midweek Sandown victory at his most recent start while Raw Impulse ($20) looks for his first win since September 2016.
Amovatio ($14) fits into a similar category (his last win was April ’16) although to be fair, he’s not alone in this field. Jacquinot Bay ($21) – a winner two starts back – is now an 11YO who’s having his 80th career start and he’s joined by stable mate Mihany ($26).
Race eight is a quality handicap over 2040m with Darren Weir set to take five of the 13 into the race. Pacodali ($3.90) has top weight of 60kg but he’s a last start winner over Sixties Groove who has since franked that form. All of Weir’s other runners – Grand Dreamer ($14), Master Zephyr ($21), Kellstorm ($34) and Tall Ship ($71) – have been early market drifters.
Trap for Fools ($2.70) has ten wins and seven minors from his 25 career starts and he’s had good early market support to be early outright favourite for the race. He’s been placed behind Pacodali and Sixties Groove at his last two runs, as he looks to get his first win in Victoria after only three starts here. Moreton’s Fork ($4.80) stepped up to the 2000m for the first-time last start when third to Sixties Groove and Trap for Fools, and he’s also having his first start at the Valley on Saturday.
Hans Holbien ($6) had a somewhat lacklustre three-run spring campaign and he returns for Team Williams while Bold Sniper ($46) is owned by Her Majesty The Queen but he’s only got the one win and one second from five second-up attempts, and that was much earlier in his career.
Suggested Bet: Malaise ($6, race 7, number 5) is racing in good form this campaign and overall his record of four wins and eight minors from 16 starts reads well. He’s made good ground at his last two runs and stepping out to the mile shouldn’t be a concern – his two starts at 1600m have been for a close second and an unplaced run when on a heavy (in G1 grade no less). The barrier is a big concern but will leave that in the more than capable hands of C Williams.
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