. After a relatively long break, racing returned to Moonee Valley over the past weekend. With the rail in the true position, the tracked played quite typically; it was difficult, but not impossible to lead all the way but the spot to be was mid-field with cover enabling a looping run around the sweeping bend. Overall the track played very well.
Our black book had another huge result with Violent Snow landing the cash with a surging run from last at the huge price of $31!
Of our other black bookers to run on the day:
Grey Street: was quite disappointing running in to 5th as a drifting favourite ($3.60-$4.60), she’s probably come to the end of a very good prep can’t be dropping off after she’s run so well for us.
: was set a monster task, pulling out 4 wide with no cover at around the 800m mark and running well into 3rd as the $4.20 and solid favourite. Surely a win is around the corner.
Hezza Ripper: ($5.50) was simply too bad to be true. Travelling 3 wide no cover and dropped out sharply when asked for the effort after moving up to the leaders 700m out. Jockey postulated that his tongue got over the bit, choking him down. One more.
Overberg: ($4.60), very disappointing. Having raced in the blinkers for the first time, I’m hoping they just fired the 5YO up too much because he offered very little in the straight when asked, just holding his ground into 10th. One more chance with the blinkers back off.
CLOSE MISS SELECTION – BEHAVE: Looked all over the winner when she loomed up 5 wide at the 400m but missed by 0.1L on the line into second at $4.60. Looked great in the yard first up after the stable had enough confidence to run he first up in the Chairman’s stakes.
The first two put a gap (2L) in the rest and ran some decent time for the day, with Behave scooting home in 22.98s for the last 400m and 11.52s for the last 200m. She’ll be going very close in a similar grade next time.
Where to next? 2YO Fillies Handicap
ROUGHIE SELECTION – NIMINY PIMINY: Resumed over a sharp 1000m dash on Saturday and finished in eye-catching style up on the inside into 5th. The 1000m was obviously well short of her best distance on paper, hence why she went around with the price tag of $101. Looked like she’d derive good improvement from the run in the yard, out in distance next start should see her very competitive.
Plenty have identified the winner Ability as a very smart horse and she finished only 0.75L behind Miss Vista so I’m hoping this form should stack up nicely in the coming Winter months. With her bridesmaid type record we could get some generous odds as well.
Where to next? Fillies and Mares BM75-80 1400m