Exciting filly Tulip looks to get her chance for a win in the feature race of the night in the Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m). The former star two-year-old makes a grand return when finishing fourth to Booker in a high class field of three-year-old fillies in the group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 10. She did not have a lot of luck in running in the Hayes and top jockey Kerrin McEvoy keeps the ride against a milder field of fillies at Moonee Valley tonight. The daughter of leading sire Pierro will take benefit from her Caulfield start and from barrier six should be able to make her own luck.
The Darren Weir-trained Freehearted has been bowling along freely with three wins and a second at her five starts and she can claim another victory here in the sixth heat of the Summer Sprint Series (Race 8).
The inform apprentice Ethan Brown rides again and his 2kg claim drops her weight to a comfortable 57kg.
The false rail will be shifted back to its True Position after having raced on the five-The track is currently rated as a Good 4, but the weather will be stormy with rain forecast on Friday.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 4,10 – 5,8 – 1,2 - 5
Wide Play: 4,8,10 – 3,5,6,8 – 1,2,5,6 – 5,8,10
BEST BET: R8 – 5. FREEHEARTED
Next Best Bet: R6 – 8. VUNGERS
Best Roughie: R4 – 3. RICHARD OF YORKE
No1 ICONOCLASM strikes a competitive field here at his city debut after an emphatic 8 length win over 1310m in a maiden at Ararat on February 8. Jumps 2kg to 60kg and gets heavy-weight rider Brad Rawiller as his new partner.
No5 REFLECTIVITY is a NSW winner making his Melbourne debut. Comes here following a brilliant win over a 1400m maiden at Kembla Grange on February 10. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn rides for leading stable Team Hawkes.
No6 ICE HUNT scored an impressive win over 1400m in a maiden at Sandown on February 7. Goes up a kilo to 59kg and Craig Williams sticks with the Godolphin-trained three-year-old. Drawn gate seven in a field of eight. Respect.
No3 KING KABUTO had to dig deep to post a narrow win in a 1405m maiden at Sale on February 4. Damian Lane replaces Craig Williams who rides Ice Hunt. That was his second start this campaign and was second first-up. Racing well.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 KING KABUTO
No3 DEMERARA strikes a small but most competitive field with not much between the runners. This is tight but the filly did trial well winning by a length over 730m at Randwick on February 12 and she gets top Melbourne rider Craig Williams.
No1 AVANTI ROSE has been on a rampage winning at her past three starts. She clawed her way to a narrow win over 1000m against her own sex here on February 9. Ethan Brown keeps the ride and she carries 58kg with his 2kg claim.
No5 HOLY BLADE claimed her second win at five starts when an easy 2.5 length winner over 1000m at Sandown on January 31. She is on the same weight on 57.5kg but Ben Allen replaces ace rider Damian Lane.
No4 FREEZE OVER has Damian Lane sticking to her above Holy Blade after her half-length demolition of her opposition over 1000m here on February 9. She drops 1.5kg to 57.5kg and looks to be right in the mix.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 DEMERARA
No6 QUILISTA looked unlucky not win at her return when beaten by a hair’s breathe in a tight finish over 955m here on February 2. Ben Allen replaces Damian Lane but she does drop a lot in weight down 4kg to 55kg.
No1 ITZ INVINCIBLE has looked impressive in winning three times from past five starts at Morphettville. Showed good speed to lead in a tight finish and held on narrowly over 1000m at Morphettville on February 10.
No7 INVINCIBLE AL has had two soft trials over 900m and 800m in preparation for return here. With the in form Stephanie Thornton’s 3kg will carry no weight on 52kg and he has an excellent record racing fresh.
No4 DEMONSTRATE is returning from a five-week let up. He gets top rider Craig Williams to steer and ran a good second to topliner Ken’s Dream down the straight 1100m at Flemington on January 13. Does go up 4kg to 58kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 INVINCIBLE AL
No1 AL HARAM will wear winkers for the first time. Has plenty of stamina and ran a steady third over 2400m at Caulfield on February 3. With apprentice Fred Kersley’s 2kg claim will carry 58kg and is primed for the 3000m.
No2 KING KAMADA has been consistent over 2500m at this track with two placings at past two starts. Latest he fought on well to finish third over 2500m on February 9. Nikita Beriman replaces a 3kg claiming apprentice and is on 56kg again.
No9 BENALL is rock solid with three runs over the distances since a three-week break. Last start he ran a good fourth over 2500m here on February 9. Craig Williams replaces Regan Bayliss and he has a superior draw in three.
No3 RICHARD OF YORKE (BEST ROUGHIE) is a British import who gets an important gear change with blinkers going on for the first time. Did not have a clear run when ninth over 2500m here on January 26. Hot jockey Damien Oliver sticks.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 RICHARD OF YORKE
No10 DIVERTENTE has been kept fresh with a three-week break and gets top rider Mark Zahra. Ran a good third over 1000m at Sandown last start on January 31. Has drawn perfectly for a soft run in gate two and will be in the mix.
No4 WEEKEND ESCAPE has a perfect score with two starts for two wins. Latest she won over 1000m on the synthetic at Pakenham on August 20. She won a trial over 800m by .75 lengths at Cranbourne on February 5. Looks ready.
No6 MISS VESPER led but was overhauled finishing a sound second over 1000m against her own sex here on February 9. Group 1 winning rider Regan Bayliss stays on top and she rises only a half-kilo to 58kg here.
No8 GOOD OH is resuming from a 30-week spell and has a fabulous fresh record of two starts for a win and a third. With the in-form apprentice Stephanie Thornton’s 3kg claim will carry no weight on 53.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 GOOD OH
No8 VUNGERS (NEXT BEST BET) has been placed at his two starts at this track. Was beaten a neck in a close finish by the hot shot over 1850m at Kyneton on February 3. He gets the strong rider Brad Rawiller as his new pillion and goes up 3kg to 59kg for his drop in grade here. He usually races on the speed and has not finished further back than fourth at his past five starts this campaign.
No5 MARCHING ON won two in a row and ran second before a luckless last of eight 2040m here on February 2. Can redeem.
No3 SHAQ has won at two of his past three starts in the country including a last start win over 1600m at Bendigo.
No6 KING VALOUR showed he was on the march upwards with a good third over 2100m at Sandown on February 7.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 KING VALOUR
No1 TULIP was held up and sat deep when finishing a good fourth to Booker in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes over 1200m at Caulfield on February 10. Top jockey Kerrin McEvoy again rides and she strikes milder opposition tonight.
No2 BELLA MARTINI has won at four of her past five starts so is running red hot. She fought back to score a narrow win in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) on January 18. Top rider Dwayne Dunn rides for the in-form stable of Team Hawkes.
No5 SEANNIE made a splendid return when dashed home late to post a narrow but clever win over 1200m here on February 9. She is a class filly and she drops a half-kilo to 56kg and retains top rider Regan Bayliss.
No14 PLATINUM ANGEL and won and been placed twice at her four starts. Latest she ran a fighting second over 1200m against fillies at Sandown on February 7. She drops 2.5kg to 55kg for her rise in class and has in-form rider Damien Oliver.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 PLATINUM ANGEL
No5 FREEHEARTED (BEST BET) has kicked off her career in style collecting three wins and a second at her five starts. She was backed into a red hot $1.80 favourite when cruising to a soft win over 1200m at Sandown on February 7. With apprentice Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim her weight is reduced to a comfortable 57kg. That is a half-kilo less than at her last win and Brown retains the ride on the Darren Weir-trained four-year-old mare.
No10 BOORADLEY has the tongue tie taken off for this race. Won at Sandown and been placed twice this preparation.
No6 MANDALAY BAY trialed well over 800m at Cranbourne in preparation for this and has a good first-up record.
No8 BELIEVING finished strongly last-start to run midfield and with the 3kg claim carries 55kg here.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 BELIEVING