HORSES TO FOLLOW: MOONEE VALLEY: 17-06-2017
Racing returned to the Valley over the last weekend and with the rail out 3m it was a more familiar leaders track. A draining of the track after the last meeting two weeks prior seemingly left the inside 3-6 lanes nice and firm, giving those on-pace a very nice footing.
We have a number of black book runners go around at the Valley, none more prominent than Niminypiminy, who launched hard and late to go down by a nostril at the huge $41 quote. Though the wounds will still be deep and fresh, buttering right up next time out seems the way to go.
Of the others: Extra Zero the old boy ran very well for 4th only beaten 0.8L on an un-suitable track, Behave was a terror watch wide no cover the trip, Violent Snow wasn’t too far away at the big $17 price, been great to us so not dropping off whereas Coldstone led and faded quite badly for a 4.7L 7th, giving one more chance on the back of a great prep thus far.
DÉJÀ VU SLECTION – ZARA BAY: This galloper earned a place in our black book after a cracking run first up last preparation as well but disappointed subsequently though up in grade. After winning a trail in Sydney before performing well here, taking her out may have been oversight.
The very well backed: $6-$3.20-$3.40 chance found herself second last on the rails, some 6L off the leaders. The splits up on the inside did come in the straight allowing her to poke up along the inside nicely to grab second, 1L away.
She did get all the right breaks and there was less than 2L covering the first 6 home, however she paraded well and will take plenty of improvement off that run. Hopefully out slightly in trip next time in can see those who backed her recover their investments and then some.
Where to next? F&M BM80-85 1100m-1200m
TOUGH WATCH SLECTION – MYSTIFIED: There were plenty who backed the $6 chance and had to watch in agony as the filly jumped as well as anything and then had the brakes applied by D.Oliver as she was restrained back all the way to third last whilst sitting in the 3-wide line without cover.
By the time she settled and found some cover, she was forced to start making her run around the field some 600m out. Ending up in the 7wide line rounding the corner she wasn’t entitled to do much but she pinned her ears back and recorded a sharp 11.81s final 200m (second fastest of the race).
Having not raced past 1200m previously, her power through the line after a hard run suggests she will get the 1400m if asked and being a BM71 there should be some winnable races around the corner against the older horses or something against her own age.
Where to next? 3YO/BM72-80 1200-1400m