Racing this Friday night returns to Moonee Valley after racing at Cranbourne last Friday evening.
The eight-race card consists of three races for the fairer sex and the usual 955m dash for home in the middle of the program. All in all not a bad meeting and if you can find a few winners then it is a fabulous night out! The false rail will be at the true position and the track is rated perfect as a Good 4.
There is some rain forecast but need to wait and see what eventuates before jumping off.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 5,7 – 10 – 11 – 5,7
Wide Play: 2,5,7 – 1,9,10 – 6,11,12 – 3,4,5,7
BEST BET: R6 – 10. PERSIAN EMPIRE
Next Best Bet: R7 – 11. YOU’VE BEEN HAD
Best Roughie: R1 – 1. CAPE TO CAIRO
No8 GLOBAL SANCTION has had her hoof on the till and looms as a good chance here on second over 1400m in maiden at Pakenham on November 16. Jake Noonan keeps the ride and she has again drawn very well in gate two. This is only her third race start and she looks ready now to break the ice.
No3 LARANTA has a new gear with a tongue-tie going on for the first time. This is an important change and can expect improvement on her last-start second over 1620m maiden at Donald on November 19. Ashe is from the premier stable of Darren Weir and stable jockey John Allen has the post.
No5 PETRONAS was at the top end of the field when finishing a fair fourth over 1200m maiden here on November 17. She is raised in distance tonight and she should be prominent in the field from barrier six. The four-year-old has finished inside the money at four of her eight starts. Worth considering.
No1 CAPE TO CAIRO (BEST ROUGHIE) do expect her to appreciate the rise in distance after her solid fourth in a 1400m maiden at Sandown on November 22. She is on the quick back up but she is from an astute staying stable and the extra 200m here might be to her liking. Fit and ready now.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 CAPE TO CAIRO
No2 MAGNESIUM ROSE made an audacious debut when strode to a 1.5 length win over 1000m in a juvenile race last July. She is making her three-year-old debut here against her own sex and on her comfortable trial win over 800m at Cranbourne on November 14. She looks locked and loaded.
No1 REWARDING LAUGHTER she has finished inside the money 50 per-cent of the time at her four starts. She gave a good effort to run second as a $6 chance over 1100m maiden against her own age and sex at Bendigo on October 27. She has had five weeks away and is nice and fresh for this.
No5 WRAPSODY was raised right out of her depth when elevated to Group 3 level and finished 10th down the straight 1100m at Flemington on November 9. She has been freshened with a three-week break and drops back down in class here. Won her maiden at Echuca at her prior start.
No3 CAMILA LUCINDA has finished inside the money at 50 per-cent of her four starts. She won her maiden over 1003m at Yarra Valley two starts ago and last start ran a steady sixth over 1000m here on November 17. That was her first outing on this circuit and would anticipate improvement.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 CAMILA LUCINDA
No1 WEAVE was on full throttle when posted a clever win over 3000m here last start on November 17. Back for another crack and jumps 3kg here on his last-start win. But with Ben Allen to ride and his 1.5kg claim reducing his weight to 56.5kg looks a good chance to repeat the dose.
No3 GREAT LANE ran a steady fourth over 3000m to Weave here last start on November 17. Back for a rematch and Weave must concede a 2 kilo weight turnaround here with this stayer to carry 56kg. The weight difference could give him an edge and wears a tongue control bit for the first time here.
No6 ZOFFANY ROSE posted an impressive win over 2400m at Bendigo three starts ago. Latest he ran a solid fifth to Weave over 3000m here on November 17. He was beaten 3.45 lengths but he did cop a bad check so he may have edged a little closer without the interference. New rider Is Craig Williams.
No5 CHERON WARRIOR won over 2837m at Kyneton three starts ago and has been a consistent customer. He ran a very close third to Weave here last start over 3000m on November 17. He does not meet Weave on better weight terms with senior jockey Dwayne Dunn replacing a 3kg apprentice.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 CHEVRON WARRIOR
No5 LAST WEEK is lightly-raced and has scope for further improvement with a win and three placings at six starts. He was a well backed $3.10 favourite when finishing a fighting second to Almighty over 1600m at Sandown on November 22. Darren Weir has booked Brad Rawiller to ride and respect.
No6 ROSEBERRY STREET with the 3kg claim of apprentice Shane Thornton will have her impost reduced to a far more comfortable 56.5kg. Last start she had to dig very deep to claw to a narrow win over 1500m at Sale on November 15. She was steady in the betting at $3.60 that day.
No1 HUNAMOSA gets some weight relief with apprentice Ethan Brown’s claim reducing his big load to 60kg here. He scored a big win on 58.5kg last start over 1450m at Kyneton on November 8. The extra burden is of some concern but he looks to have struck form at the right time. Each-way.
No2 ASCOT RED was given a soft trial when finishing third over 1190m at Cranbourne on November 27. He is backing up here and with the 3kg claim will have his load reduced to a more comfortable
58kg. Was a smart winner over 2200m at Ballarat two starts ago carrying 58.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 HUNAMOSA
No7 WORLD OF HOPE should appreciate the return to Melbourne following a 2.9 length sixth over 1100m at Rosehill on November 11. Gets top jockey Craig Williams back in the saddle and has an ideal draw in gate two. Her prior form was rock solid and would respect here.
No5 BELWAZI is a four-year-old mare who has won at three of her four starts on country tracks. Latest she burst home for a 1.75 length win over 1040m at Moe on November 21. With apprentice Shane Thornton’s 3kg reducing her weight down to a mere 55kg can loom as a threat in this dash.
No3 PRAVRO with apprentice Ben Thompson’s 1.5kg claim he will carry 57kg. He was at double figure odds when chasing home Liberty Song over 955m here on November 3. The gelding is a short-course specialist with his four wins coming over 1000m and 1200m. He likes this track and makes a good case.
No2 MAGNETAR was a smart winner of a 1000m, trial at Benella on November 13. Has the perfect record of three starts for three wins first-up. With leading apprentice Ben Allen’s 1.5kg claim he will carry 57.5kg. Looks a comfortable weight in this class, but gate eight means he must cross.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 MAGNETAR
No10 PERSIAN EMPIRE (BEST BET) smashed Tailored by over 4 lengths with an easy win over 1717m maiden at Sale on November 15. Does rise in class tonight but the colt is bred to stay being by Savabeel and is only lightly raced. Ace Melbourne jockey Craig Williams is the rider and the Bussuttin and Young yard is on fire. Should get a nice spot from barrier eight and looks a good bet on the night.
No14 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE defied a betting drift from $8.50 to $10 when popped up with a strong maiden win.
No1 BEACH LIFE has the 3kg claim to reduce his impost to a more comfortable 58kg. He is worth thought.
No9 TRISTANO won his maiden two starts ago but is most reliable having yet to miss a place.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
No11 YOU’VE BEEN HAD (NEXT BEST BET) has yet to blotch his copybook with two imposing wins on the board. Last start he carried 60kg to smash is opposition by over 3 lengths over 1000m at Mornington on November 5. He returns tonight with 59.5kg on his back and from a superior alley in gate four. Regular rider Jake Noonan is back on top and looks a good bet.
No4 TANGO ROCK is back from a let up and like it when fresh. Looks to be one of the main dangers.
No12 STRYKINGLEE indicated he was back on a forward path with a strong third first-up. Goes well second up too.
No6 MR WALKER was not wanted in the betting but caused punters grief to win at Kilmore last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 MR WALKER
No5 EL QUESTRO has been a model of consistency and won well against her own sex two starts ago at Geelong over 1240m as a hot $2.40 favourite. She was outclassed by the winner when a good third over Ballarat on October 26. She has had a nice freshen up for her return tonight and expect a bold showing.
No6 LOVE DAYS strikes her own sex here. She ran a solid fifth over 1200m at Ballarat on November 25 against mares when carrying 54.5kg. She jumps up in weight here but with Chris Caserta’s 3kg claim will load with 58kg. She gets a barrier blanket to go into the gate so she should be more settled.
No7 STREETS OF LIBERTY was a nice run first-up from a break when chased hard out wide to snatch fourth over 1100m at Ararat on November 12. Has been kept fresh for this clash against her own sex and with apprentice Ethan Brown’s 3kg claim will carry a superior 58kg. Sure to be in the mix.
No3 TRINITY HILL has been on the heels of the main players and she gets her chance tonight from barrier five and with the talented apprentice Ben Allen to ride. She drops 1.5kg to 60.5kg with Allen’s allowance and held her own when sixth over 1400m at Pakenham last campaign in September.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 TRINITY HILL