There is an eight-race night program at Moonee Valley in the wake of last week’s Manikato Stakes and Cox Plate jamboree.
The weather is forecast to be fine, with the track perfect at a Good 4. The false rail will be at seven metres.
BEST BET: R5, NO9 Miss Vista
NEXT BEST BET: R8, No7 Mr Pago
BEST ROUGHIE: R4, No6 Cinnamon Carter
QUADDIES Races: 5-6-7-8
SKINNY PLAY: 9 /1,2,4,6,8 / 1,3,5,9 / 1,5,7,8
WIDE PLAY: 2,8,9,11 / 1,2,4,6,8,9 / 1,3,5,8,9,10,13,14 / 1,5,7,8,9,10,11,12
R1 6pm WILLIAM HILL MAIDEN PLATE 1533m
NANGAWOOKA has been racing in good stead and makes appeal with the rail out and a leader bias likely. He ran a solid fourth over 1500m in a maiden last start at Cranbourne on October 25. Races hard and gets his chance to break through with a forward effort.
PRESS RELEASE is bound to be fitter after giving a good sight from a 38-day gap to run third over 1200m at Cranbourne on October 14. Has a change of rider here with Brian Higgins taking the reins and respect.
OUR KRYPTONITE should be fitter now for having a run after a 171-day break. He did weaken but was okay when sixth over 1400m at Pakenham on October 17. This is not strong and has claims.
OUR OBSESSION is rock solid, with three runs this campaign under his belt. Gave a fair effort when running ninth over 1600m on a Heavy 8 at Moe on October 13. That was a bog track so would forgive.
SELECTIONS: No1 NANGAWOOKA, No9 Press Release, No3 Our Kryptonite, No4 Our Obsession.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Our Kryptonite.
R2 6.30pm ADAPT AUSTRALIA HANDICAP 1600m
CURRAGH is a New Zealand galloper who is racing in top flight. He scored a brilliant win over 1600m at Sale on October 13. Punters lunged into the well-bred gelding and with ex-Kiwi jockey Michael Walker staying on board will be backed.
BLACK SHEEP will be hoping to cause an upset with senior jockey Luke Nolen taking the reins. He was deep and fought hard when running fifth over 1600m at Caulfield last start on October 1. Drops two kilos to 57kg here.
UNBREAKABLE was steady throughout in the betting at $5.50 when fighting for the lead but run ended at 150m before finishing ninth over 1600m at Caulfield on October 12. Should find this more to his liking.
JUDGES struck a few smart ones last time when finishing seventh over 1400m at Caulfield on October 12. He is down in class but goes up 2.5kg to 57kg and he makes appeal with Damian Lane on board.
SELECTIONS: No4 CURRAGH, No3 Black Sheep, No2 Unbreakable, No5 Judges.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Unbreakable.
R3 7pm LF SIGN GROUP HANDICAP 1533m
MATERNAL was superbly ridden by Andrew Mallyon to bring home the goods at $4.40 over 1400m at Pakenham on October 20. Is on the quick back-up but she does have the same weight on 55.5kg and can repeat.
SNAKE CHARMER posted two smart wins at Morphettville before he was a drifter from $4.80 to $6.50 here when finishing fifth over 1500m on October 21. Is on the quick back-up and with Dylan Dunn’s claim carries 57.5kg.
CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL battled on well to run sixth to Curragh over 1600m at Moe on October 13. Chris Symons stays on board and rises 1.5kg to 56.5kg here but likes this track.
MY OBSESSION ran a solid fifth to rival Snake Charmer over 1513m at Morphettville at her last start on October 8. She has senior rider Luke Nolen taking command and is sure to be highly fancied.
SELECTIONS: No5 MATERNAL, No3 Snake Charmer, No4 Champagne Cocktail, No6 My Obsession.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 My Obsession.
R4 7.30pm SIMPSON CONSTRUCTION HANDICAP 2500m
ANGEL’S TOUCH is as safe as a bank and she will again give a good account. She slammed her rivals by 3 ¼ lengths over 2500m at Morphettville last start on October 15. Apprentice Michael Dee’s 1.5kg claim sees her carry only 55kg here.
FOUR CARAT struck a smart one in Our Century last start at Caulfield when finishing eighth over 1400m on October 12. Sydney stayer who is bound to be improved for the outing in Melbourne. Rates as a danger, with Ben Melham the new rider.
CINNAMON CARTER (BEST ROUGHIE) is race hardened and can bounce back off a sixth over 2040m here on October 21. She won the Pinker Pinker Plate before that at Cranbourne and the quick back-up should not prove an obstacle to her resolve.
LOVING HOME has strong NSW form and would give another chance on his ninth over 2400m to Our Century at Caulfield on October 12. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn is booked and gives trainer Chris Waller a strong hand with Four Carat engaged too.
SELECTIONS: No7 ANGEL’S TOUCH, No5 Four Carat, No6 Cinnamon Carter, No2 Loving Home.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Cinnamon Carter.
R5 8pm INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 4 955m
MISS VISTA (BEST BET) has captured the imagination of punters and non-punters because of her unusual and striking white markings, but she is not just a pretty face; she has won and finished third at her three starts. She resumed with a third at Caulfield over 1000m on October 1. Trainer George Osborne has kept her up to the mark with a 800m trial at Cranbourne on October 17 where she showed her rivals a clean pair of plates for an easy 2 ½ length win. The four-year-old has drawn well in gate (6) and looks a good bet here.
SELECTIONS: No9 MISS VISTA, No2 Money Chaser, No3 Big Reel, No8 Money Clip.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Money Clip.
R6 8.30pm RANVET HANDICAP 1200m
CHEEKY BABE hails from the yard of Victoria’s top stable Darren Weir and she has been a model of consistency. She can play another big role here with apprentice Michel Dee’s 1.5kg claim reducing her impost to 53.5kg and drawn in gate (3).
ENTRANCING is a South Australian mare who is out to stretch her unbeaten streak this campaign to three straight wins. Apprentice Jye McNeil’s 1.5kg claim reduces her impost to 55.5kg and is race fit.
GREY STREET has been racing in prime form and can again figure prominently. She ran a close second over 1200m at Morphettville last start on October 8. Apprentice Regan Bayliss’ 1.5kg claim reduces her weight to 57kg.
FLORELLE has been knocking on the door and can break through here. Latest ran a close second over 1200m at Moe on October 13. Jordan Childs’ 1.5kg claim will see her carry 57kg.
SELECTIONS: No8 CHEEKY BABE, No4 Entrancing, No2 Grey Street, No1 Florelle.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Florelle.
R7 9pm ELLAR CLASSIC HANDICAP 1200m
MAGELLAN showed heaps of spirit to fight back and post a good debut win over 1200m at Pakenham on October 17. The three-year-old was well supported at $3.50 and can repeat if he can combat the 3.5kg weight rise to 59.5kg.
SPEEDEOR returned from the spelling paddock with a stylish first-up win over 1000m in a maiden at Cranbourne on October 14. John Allen replaces Luke Nolen as the new rider and would expect further improvement.
MANDEE has Luke Nolen riding after jumping off Speedeor. Was second-up when posted a 2 ¼ length win as a $1.70 favourite at Pakenham on October 10 and drops a kilo to 56kg here.
I’M TELLING YA has been consistent and deserves another chance. Latest ran sixth over 1400m at Cranbourne on October 14. Apprentice Jack Martin’s 3kg claim will reduce his weight to 56.5kg and makes appeal.
SELECTIONS: No3 MAGELLAN, No5 Speedeor, No9 Mandee, No1 I’m Telling Ya.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Mandee.
R8 9.30pm SMARTLINE HANDICAP 2040m
MR PAGO (NEXT BEST BET) has been a model of consistency since resuming from a light break and can bounce back here. With apprentice Jack Martin’s 3kg claim he gets in well on weights at 55.5kg. He ran hard when finishing second over 2050m at Moe last start on October 13. He looms as the one to beat in this field over the 2040m from a good alley in barrier (6).
SELECTIONS: No7 MR PAGO, No8 Riyadh, No5 Palmera Lad, No1 Charlevoix.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Palmera Lad.