Thu, Sep 6, 2:32pm by Staff Writer
Melbourne racing is at Moonee Valley on Saturday with the rail back in the true – after a somewhat controversial leader-bias last time – and the track to be good.
The G2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) is the feature of the day with last year’s winner, Bonneval ($7) resuming after not having raced since the G1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) of last year. She’s a multiple G1 winner with the stable confident she will give a good sight on Saturday.
Hartnell ($3.60) is second-up after a 0.4L second to Showtime in the PB Lawrence (1400m) when resuming. He’s been at the Valley twice before, both times in a Cox Plate – and both times behind Winx.
Night’s Watch ($3.70) is building a good record with seven wins and three minors coming from his 15 career starts. Both his runs this time in have been very good, first-up when beaten by Theanswermyfriend in a photo before a strong 2.25L over 1400m at Caulfield. The aim is to get to a Caulfield Cup, as might be the plan with stable mate Red Cardinal ($126) who also lines up here for Weir.
Ambitious ($9.50) resumes here and he’s also on a staying path for the spring. He’s yet to win from five starts in Australia but he showed glimpses of form last campaign with two minors in G1 company.
Homesman ($13) beat Almandin over 2000m when making his debut in Australia while Mighty Boss ($16) and Hiyaam ($9.50) are both second-up into their prep for Mick Price. Magic Consol ($23) returns from a strong winter campaign and the last time he was here at the track, he was a 7L winner, albeit in much weaker grade.
A field of 14 look set to line up in the Listed Bendigo Bank Stakes (1200m) after the early scratching of Brave Song.
Osborne Bulls ($4.20) returned from a spell with a strong – albeit narrow (0.1L) win – in the Listed Regal Roller (1200m) and he’s second-up here but drawn in barrier one perhaps isn’t ideal for the big gelding.
Land of Plenty ($5) was in the photo-finish alongside Osborne Bulls and he’s second-up after a fruitful last prep which saw him win three of his five starts. The five-year-old is one of five runners for Darren Weir with Iconoclasm ($10) also second-up, with five wins from nine starts overall. Peaceful State ($11) put back-to-back Listed wins together in SA during the late autumn while Ozi Choice ($17) and Modern Wonder ($46) round out the Waller quintet.
Mr Sneaky ($6.50) was unsuited by the bias last time here but he rattled home over 1000m to finish within a length of the winner. Tulip ($9) just missed when first-up while Crack Me Up ($10) has equal top weight but only has the two seconds from six first-up starts.
The G2 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) sees Nature Strip ($1.50) go around as a short-price favourite as he looks to cement his place in The Everest. Shoals ($4.80) already has a slot and she resumes here while Vridine ($15) is a good fresh horse and he mixed it with the likes of Redzel and In Her Time when early in his campaign during the autumn.
Suggested Bet: It certainly looks a tricky day for punters and race four is no exception. Trap For Fools is racing well and looks hard to beat plus there’s the odd unknown like Gai Waterhouse’s Japanese-import, Hush Writer but in saying all that, going the way of the Darren Weir-trained Yogi ($6.50, race 4, number 5). He’s drawn the widest gate, the track needs to be playing fair for him to be any chance and this might be one run too early for him but he was good last prep and he was great when first-up so at the odds, he’s worth a go.
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