Moonee Valley Betting Preview | Horse Racing Tips

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Wed, 25 Jan, 11:31 AM
The track surface is rated a GOOD 4. The rail will be in the TRUE position for the entire circuit. Group racing returns to Moonee Valley with the mouth-watering clash between spring stars Malaguerra and Black Heart Bart with the up-and-coming Sydney sprinter Chetwood in the Group Two Australia Stakes over 1200m. Malaguerra and Chetwood will need to overcome wide barriers whereas “Bart” is ideally situated in gate No. 3 and should take up a positive position without too much effort. QUADDIES (Races 6-7-8-9)

Skinny: 2,4,7 / 3,6,9, / 1,3,7 / 3,7,12
Wide: 1,2,4,7 / 3,6,7,9,11 / 1,2,3,5,7,10,/ 1,2,3,4,7,9,12,13

Best Bet: R2 – 2. PROPERTY
Next Best Bet: R4 – 1. FUDGED
Best Roughie: R8 – 12. THEANSWERMYFRIEND

R1 – 6.30pm William Hill Plate – 1200m

BIG JOHN CANNON Promising type who jumped up to Group Three class at second start to finish 1.85-length third Archives, Crafted this track and distance 22 October. That is excellent form for this and a forward first-up showing is on the cards.

LAYNE’S STAR Placed at three of four starts this campaign and should be peaking for this. Got home strongly for 1.5-length second Go Gracey 1200m Colac Maiden 17 December then fought on strongly for 0.75-length second Bonus D’Oro 1200m Geelong Maiden 2 January. Should give a good sight from inside barrier.

MARQUANT Stable has a strong record of producing horses first-up and this Fastnet Rock gelding has Dwayne Dunn in the saddle. Market is best guide.

LIMESTONE COWBOY Placed at two of three starts and should measure up to the slight rise in class here. Drawn wide when fifth Yacht Club Bendigo Maiden 18 December then improved 3.35-length third Havadash 1300m Stawell Three-Year-Old Maiden 6 January. Has to be respected.

SELECTIONS: No2 BIG JOHN CANNON, No8 Layne’s Start, No4 Marquant, No3 Limestone Cowboy

VALUE RUNNER: No4 Marquant
BIG JOHN CANNONRace 1 William hill plate - Winner

R2 – 7.00pm Sweeney Estate Agents Plate – 1000m

No2 PROPERTY (BEST BET) Ran into a real top-liner on debut and should find this an easier assignment. Led clearly but raced erratically in straight when game 2.2-length second to Catchy 1100m Caulfield 7 January. Should have improved his manners with that experience and Craig Williams will give him every chance from barrier one.

No10 ZARPOYA

No3 ROYAL PHOENIX

No9 LA CHICA ROSA

R3 – 7.30pm Simpson Construction Handicap – 1000m

ANGRY GEE Racing in great form and looks nicely placed dropping in class here with Jack Martin’s 3kg claim. Solid length second Lady Esprit BM70 over this trip 31 December then finished gamely out wide for 1.5-length fourth Lady Esprit BM84 same course last Saturday.

PUNT CLUB Speedy type with two wins and five placings from 11 starts who will go forward again from outside draw. Led but overhauled by One More Daisy 1050m Morphettville BM70 10 December then battled gamely for 2.75-length third Rocket Tommy, Leodoro 1000m Sandown 4 January. Both those horses have won since so the form looks pretty strong for this.

MILITARY Excellent fresh run when he rocketed home from last for nose second Kentucky Flyer 1000m Cranbourne Soft-5 track last Friday. Tends to find trouble in his races but can figure in the finish if given a clear run.

STAR STEALER Just behind the placegetters two runs since beating Chivadahli 1200m Echuca BM78 June 27. Has won four and placed three times from 15 starts and likely to sprint well first-up. One to watch.

SELECTIONS: No1 ANGRY GEE, No9 Punt Club, No5 Military, No2 Star Stealer

VALUE RUNNER: No2 Star Stealer
ANGRY GEERace 3 Simpson construction handicap - Winner

R4 – 8.00pm Melbourne Signage Concepts Handicap – 1600m

No1 FUDGED (NEXT BEST BET) Has won two of last four starts since resuming and looks ideally placed in this grade with Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim. Finished too well for Rock’n’rollrock 1600m Sandown similar grade 21 December then ran home boldly fresh for 2.75-length third Oak Door Widgee Turf 1400m Flemington BM78 last Saturday week. Looks to have the class edge on these.

No2 TRES

No3 FEDEROSA

No6 SHEWEARSTHEPANTS

R6 -9.00pm 1Print Tour Of Victoria Distance Series Heat 4 – 2040m

ON WINGS Close-up three runs since beating Three Strykes first-up 1400m Ballarat BM64 21 November. Didn’t handle track when favourite and 2.5-length ninth Sammy The Snake 1800m Sandown BM70 21 December then worked home nicely for three-length third Skulduggery 1700m Caulfield 7 December. Gets his chance to bounce back here for Damian Lane.

ZILBIYR Former European stayer improved by two recent runs. Hit the line nicely when first-up photo third Antrim Belle, Tre Dierci 1500m Mornington BM64 20 December then forced to work wide on track throughout when fighting length third Manny 2042m Warrnambool 15 January. Should be peaking now and rates highly with 5kg weight drop.

BALF’S CHOICE Getting back to more suitable distances. Struck trouble when 4.85-length seventh Skulduggery 1700m Caulfield 7 December then finished fast to just miss when second Have Plenty 1950m Morphettville BM70 last Saturday week. Chance with luck in running.

RICHARD OF YORKE Proven over more ground so will appreciate this distance. Has put in a dash before peaking final 50m last three runs, latest 2.85-length seventh Playful Rosie Sandown last Wednesday week. Will have been given a good trackwork blow-out since so he runs through the line in this. Oliver sticks. Keep safe.

SELECTIONS: No6 ON WINGS, No9 Zilbiyr, No3 Balf’s Choice, No11 Richard Of Yorke

VALUE RUNNER: No3 Balf’s Choice

R5 – 8.30pm Inglis 55 Second Challenge Heat 10 – 955m

DANCE WITH FONTEIN Racing well and looks the goods again from barrier 3. Sprinted past Petite’s Reward first-up this trip 9 December before game length second Crystal Dreamer 1000m Sandown BM78 24 December. Had no luck in straight when 3.8-length sixth Mystified 1100m Caulfield BM70 last Saturday week. Drops back to her own sex here. Meets Petite’s Reward 2kg worse but will be further improved.

PETITE’S REWARD Shared lead straightening when 2.2-length fourth Tykiato 1100m Caulfield Fillies-and-mares BM84 Boxing Day then battled on well for 3.65-length sixth Prussian Vixen same trip 7 December. Has three wins and two placings from nine starts this track and should ping from barrier 2 for Craig Williams.

DECONI Solid in two runs this campaign and rates highly. With the pack but condition told final 50m when three-length fifth Little Indian Flemington straight 1000m First-up New Year's Day then too classy for Starvasive 1000m Cranbourne heavy-8 track last Friday week. Drops 6kg for winning.

PINK PERFECTION Ran home gamely first-up 1.1-length third Dance With Fontein, Petite’s Reward over this trip 9 December then lame after four-length eighth Tykiato 100m Caulfield Boxing Day. Could bounce back here.

R7 – 9.30pm Browns Sawdust And Shavings Australia Stakes – 1200m

MALAGUERRA Emerged as one of Australia’s outstanding sprinters last campaign, defeating Spieth 1200m Group One Darley Classic 5 November then courageous length fifth Takedown 1200m Winterbottom Stakes Ascot WA 5 December. Excellent first-up record with four wins and a second from five goes. Hard to beat again.

CHETWOOD Showed outstanding potential last campaign and has five wins and two placings from seven starts. Overpowered Le Romain, Famous Seamus 1350m Newcastle Cameron Handicap 16 September then toyed with Rough Justice, Sistine Demon 1400m Caulfield 8 October. Turned in a couple of excellent barrier trials in preparation for this. Wide draw and first time on the track are the only concerns.

BLACK HEART BART Versatile campaigner who won the Group One Memsie Stakes 1400m Caulfield and 1800m Underwood Stakes last time in. Chased home Winx in 2000m Caulfield Stakes 8 October then fading ninth to Winx 2040m Cox Plate here 22 October. Has three wins and a second from four first-up tries and four wins, two seconds from seven starts this distance. Drawn to advantage.

PEACOCK Highly-rated Godolphin colt who is reported to be working brilliantly for his return to racing here. Ran third Inside Agent 1400m Flemington 2 October then narrow win over Violate 1400m Caulfield 1 November. One to watch.

SELECTIONS: No3 MALAGUERRA, No7 Chetwood, No1 Black Heart Bart, No10 Peacock

VALUE RUNNER: No7 Chetwood

R8 – 10.00pm The Slade Bloodstock Handicap – 1200m

THEANSWERMYFRIEND (Best Roughie) Lightly-raced type who shows good potential. Beat Back To The Bowler 1600m Caulfield Three-Year-Old BM78 12 October then favourite when plugging 11th Captain Duffy 2200m Geelong Derby Trial 19 October. Ran a cracking fifth first-up over 1000m here in previous campaign and recent trial suggested he could sprint well fresh. Dwayne Dunn sticks here.

BROADWAY AND FIRST Reached the lead at 150m and fought back strongly for head second See Me Fly 1200m Cranbourne BM64 23 December then sprinted brilliantly to beat This Kid Rocks 1200m Warrnambool 8 January. Meets See Me Fly 2kg better here. Will give a good sight.

SEE ME FLY In top form and will be powering home again. Beat Mrt Sneaky 1100m Kyneton 8 December before nabbing Broadway And First narrowly 1200m Cranbourne 23 December. This is slightly easier than last start sixth Land Of Freedom 1300m Sandown 11 January.

JUST GOT LUCKY Close-up two runs since winning 1200m Horsham BM70 second-up 28 October. Had another let-up since 2.25-length fourth Labuan Star 1200m Terang 5 December. Fresh for this and claims 2kg for Ben Thompson.

SELECTIONS: No12 THEANSWERMYFRIEND, No7 Broadway And First, No3 See Me Fly, No1 Just Got Lucky

VALUE RUNNER: No.12 Theanswermyfriend
THEANSWERMYFRIENDRace 8 The slade bloodstock handicap - Winner

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