Fri, Feb 1, 6:04pm by Kevin Pitstock
We took a look through the eight race night program at Moonee Valley on February 1
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R1: Sportingbet Plate (1000m)
Field of eight two-year-olds to contest the first race on the card, with only one having raced to date and that being the Rosehill trained Devil Miss. Going with the Street Sense filly here, No 9. Politeness that has had considerable backing for the Group One Blue Diamond – in from $61 to $11 – quite a go. Also accepted for Listed race on Saturday, but connections have decided to go here, which is another pointer. Putting in No 7. Gregers from the David Hayes yard for second, and although no public trials, this filly is sure to be well-educated and is also bred quite well – Commands out of a Canny Lad mare. No 4. Casquets from the Mark Kavanagh stable is an interesting runner, being a Fastnet Rock you can never discount it, and the fact that he has scratched the stable mate to race in a Listed race on Saturday, may suggest this is the one for tonight? Darley’s runner here must go in – No 2 Berrichon is by New Approach who has set the northern hemisphere on fire, and he has also had the impressive Aus winner Montsegur.
R2: City Jeep Handicap (1600m)
Small field of only seven runners with the Peter Moody-trained No 3. Free To Rein going on top. Never further back than fourth from her four starts to date, the Redoute’s Choice filly is well bred and is sure to run an improved race after her last start third. Going with the Anthony Cummings-trained No 4. Papillon for second based on her last start when she had no luck at a vital stage and finished fourth, less than a length away from the winner. No 5. Shilly Shally Miss a winner at her only start should be included but the question is – how good was the field she defeated? Last start winner No 6. Lissom could be a blow out chance at what should be goods odds based on the run of the Reset filly last time out.
R3: Melbourne Neonatal Network Premium Handicap (2040m)
The Hawkes camp-trained No 10. Girls Gone Rockin goes on top here after being very unlucky when finishing a length sixth last time out over 1800m. Will appreciate the step up in trip and the well-bred Redoute’s Choice mare looks the one to beat. Putting in the Reset gelding No 3. Leonardo Express who had accepted for a stakes race on Saturday, but is set to run here. No 1.Backbone, a last start winner over 1800m at Flemington goes in for a place here, with No 4. Genuine Spin another each way chance to fill the first four.
R4: Spotless Handicap (1200m)
The fourth on the eight race card sees the 1200m race with the top selection being No 8. Messene from the Hawkes stable, a Lonhro gelding who has won two from three and was very impressive in a recent barrier trial in Sydney – the best bet of the night. Putting in the Street Cry gelding No 5. Too Deadly for second after a narrow second last time out, while No 4. Gig from the Peter Snowden yard always runs consistently. No 7. Chosen Moment from the Anthony Freedman yard must also be included and rounds out the first four based on his good first up form – a win and a second from three attempts.
R5: Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge Heat 12 (955m)
The fifth on the night and they will go like scalded cats over the 955m. Speaking of speed horses, we are putting the Anthony Cummings-trained No 6. Diamond Earth on top – a winner of her only start at this track, and is very much a speed horse – only query is her last two starts she has been very disappointing. Going with No 2. Paaratte Pat a last start second over the Flemington 1000m when just narrowly beaten. The Robbie Griffiths-trained No 3. Chelembra has been in good recent form, recording three consecutive places and must be included, while No 5. Lightenuff goes in for the first four due to his excellent first up record of a win and three places from five first up attempts.
R6: Top Cut Handicap (2500m)
The staying event of the night, a slug-fest over the 2500m. Putting the top weight No 1. You Think So on top here due to his consistent form of late – four wins from his last six starts , including two here, albeit over 3000m. No 9. Apres from the Clinton McDonald stable has been consistent without winning, and his last victory was at this track. No 10. Streets Of Seattle should prove a very good chance in filling the top three positions after four really good runs at her last four starts. Putting in No 11. High Kingczar to fill the top four as he produced a sound effort last start at the track and distance, but will be a rough chance.
R7: Mitchelton Wines Handicap (1600m)
A very interesting race here, with No 1. Sussuro, recently acquired by Arrowfield Stud, on top. A five-year-old mare by Pivotal, the mare is third up this campaign and after her last start unlucky second over the 1600m at Flemington, she should prove very hard to beat. No 11. Classic Elle a controversial scratching last time out, the Reset mare is well up to this and on the limit weight should run very well. No 8. Family Crest has been in very good form and with Craig Williams on board this Fastnet Rock mare should run very well, while No 4. Kasane should be thereabouts as a good each way chance.
R8: Late Starter Membership $99 Premium Handicap (1600m)
The final race of the night sees the Jason Warren-trained No 8. Catagious on top. A last start winner at Sale, the five-year-old gelding controlled the race, and if he can do the same here should prove hard to run down. No 10. Mashkor was just run down last start over 1457m and if can sit handy behind Catagious, one of them should be able to win. No 11. Captura is a good each way chance and with Glen Boss in the saddle, the Red Ransom gelding should go well, while No 9. Galway Gal scored an impressive victory last time out, winning by two lengths at her first start over the mile – good chance to fill the first four.
Best Bet: R2, No 8. Messene (Lonhro x Belle Giselle, by Redoute’s Choice)
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