ANOTHER night-racing season starts at Moonee Valley and as usual it’s Grand Final Eve and lots of reasons to be out and about. Plenty of reasons to back a winner too!
View online bookmaker CrownBet’s expert tips and preview of tonights Moir Stakes meeting at Moonee Valley.
$120,000 AFTER THE LAST PLATE. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 9 OVER EXPOSURE; 7 Experimentation; 4 Muraaqeb; 1 Kobayashi.
BEST ROUGHIE: 8 MACTIER.
SUGGESTED BET: OVER EXPOSURE each-way.
OVER EXPOSURE made debut in a maiden at Balaklava, raced wide, too strong – impressive. This a lot harder but he looked very good on debut. EXPERIMENTATION was heavily backed when raced away for sizzling win Pakenham synthetic. This ideal from good gate. MURAAQEB won on debut here impressively, has since mixed form but shows very good ability. Respect from gate 1.
$120,000 STRATHMORE FLOWERS HANDICAP. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 11 SO YOU TOO; 8 Labuan Star; 2 Ruettiger; 5 Sebring Sun.
BEST ROUGHIE: 3 WELL SPRUNG.
SUGGESTED BET: SO YOU TOO each-way.
SO YOU TOO is a SA raider, very smart, resumed raced wide throughout when 2nd this trip. Fitter, good gate and top rider. Go well. LABUAN STAR continues to race well, last time dominant winner Mornington after 3rd Speedeor at Sandown. Hard to beat. RUETTIGER good MV horse, charged home two runs back when 3rd here before 7th Brave Smash. One of the better chances.
GROUP 3 $150,000 SCARBOROUGH STAKES. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 HOUTZEN; 5 Fox Swift; 4 Invincible Star; 2 Broadband.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 BROADBAND.
SUGGESTED BET: HOUTZEN to win.
HOUTZEN was super 2YO, MM winner, 5th in G1 Golden Slipper, resumed, wide throughout, solid 3rd Russian Revolution here in hot race. Looks the winner. FOX SWIFT is a good filly in great form, last start charged down the Flemington straight to win Listed Cap D’Antibes. The danger. INVINCIBLE STAR lightly raced, won G3 race on debut then 6th MM Final on Gold Coast. Watch very closely.
$120,000 55-SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 1. 955-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 SUPER TOO; 4 Super Maxi; 10 Madeenaty; 3 Rock ‘N’ Gold.
BEST ROUGHIE: 13 BIG REEL.
SUGGESTED BET: SUPER TOO to win.
SUPER TOO is very fast, led throughout in similar race at Randwick last time, won easily and ran a track record 55.72. The one to beat from gate 1. SUPER MAXI is another Sydney-based speedster, led from inside gate last time and brave 2nd to the very smart Speedeor, Sandown last time. The danger. MADEENATY is fast and suited here, the other main winning chance.
GROUP 3 $200,000 JRA CUP. 2040-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 FOUNDATION; 4 Star Exhibit; 3 Ecuador; 2 Jon Snow.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 BOOM TIME.
SUGGESTED BET: FOUNDATION each-way. Box Trifecta: 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6.
FOUNDATION was desperately unlucky here last time when 8th Magnapal, never out, should have won. This ideal now, looks tough to beat. STAR EXHIBIT lost rider at the start, no guide, previous form good, high class galloper when fit, hard to beat. ECUADOR Sydney raider, likes to go forward and make own luck, has been bashing heads with Winx. Will like this.
GROUP 2 $200,000 STOCKS STAKES. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 HELL OR HIGHWATER; 3 Lizzie L’amour; 7 I Am A Star; 6 Flying Jess.
BEST ROUGHIE: 10 EXOCET.
SUGGESTED BET: HELL OR HIGHWATER to win.
HELL OR HIGHWATER is in career-best form, won past three, latest was dominant against the males in Listed Heatherlie at Caulfield. The one to beat again. LIZZIE L’AMOUR is a G1 WFA winner in NZ, had trialled well going into first-up 7th Bonneval, beaten a long way. Suffered an atrial fibrillation. Rates very highly on previous form. I AM A STAR is a G1 winning mare, always tough to beat in these races.
GROUP 1 $500,000 MOIR STAKES. 1000-metres.
SELECTIONS: 9 SHEIDEL; 5 Russian Revolution; 8 Faatinah; 13 She Will Reign.
BEST ROUGHIE: 12 SWEET SHERRY.
SUGGESTED BET: SHEIDEL each-way.
INCREDIBLY strong race, SHEIDEL is a flyer, trip suits, good gate and champion rider, fitter after first-up 4th Voodoo Lad. This shorter trip suits better. RUSSIAN REVOLUTION high-class, dominant winner first-up here this trip beating Heatherly, hard to beat again. FAATINAH may be big odds but he’s a fast horse, drawn the right spot, led and tired in G1 Goodwood last time. Respect. SHE WILL REIGN is last season’s G1 Golden Slipper winner resuming.
GROUP 2 $200,000 STUTT STAKES. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 9 WASSERGEIST; 4 Masculino; 2 Azazel; 3 Showtime.
BEST ROUGHIE: 9 WASSERGEIST.
SUGGESTED BET: WASSERGEIST each-way.
WASSERGEIST was most impressive winning a weaker mid-week race last time Sandown. This big step-up in class but he has top rider and some real upside. MASCULINO is an exciting 3YO, now won his past two starts, latest led throughout here. Go close. AZAZEL is very good on his day, charged late when close 7th G2 Danehill Flemington last time. Hard to beat. SHOWTIME is another extra-smart 3YO with strong claims here.