Saturday Racing Previews & Tips - Moonee Valley 27th October
All eyes on Winx as she aims to create another unique piece of racing history.
The great mare is shooting for four straight Cox Plates and there is no doubt that most punters will be cheering Winx on. Outside of the Cox Plate, we have a sensational card of racing with our best bet going around in race three on the card. She has red-hot formlines and is out of the powerful Godolphin yard.
Moonee Valley is racing on a Good 4 with the rail in the true position.
Moonee Valley Race 1 - 12:10PM Inglis Banner (1000 Metres)
You definitely want to have something on BISCARA. Was well tried on debut at Caulfield a fortnight back and was knocked over at the 300 metre mark, however, picked herself up to finish second to impressive winner Champagne Boom. Draw barrier one this daughter of Rubick is likely to be in the first four of five and will be hard to hold out.
1st: No6 BISCARA 2nd: No5 Wedgetail; 3rd: No9 Magnicity 4th: No4 True Serendipity
Moonee Valley Race 2 - 12:40PM Strathmore Community Bendigo Bank Handicap (955 Metres)
A very open race with several chances. Putting our faith in ASHLOR who loves the track and distance although he will have to overcome barrier 10. Comes into the race off a nine-week break but doesn’t mind that. Don’t be surprised if Daniel Stackhouse pushes forward from the gate as the gelding loves to be on the speed. Has either won or placed at four from five runs at The Valley.
1st: No3 ASHLOR 2nd: No4 Guard Of Honour; 3rd No7 Invincible Al; 4th: No1 Thermal Current
Moonee Valley Race 3 - 1:15PM Powerflo Solutions Stakes (1600 Metres)
Hard to go past SAVATIANO (BEST BET) in this after running a string of fantastic races since resuming. Won first-up at Wyong beating Shumookh, who has since franked the form with wins in the Group Two Golden Pendant and Tristarc Stakes. Savatiano then finished second to the in-form Princess Posh, who she meets better at the weights this time, and then last time out to Invincibella in the Group Two Blazer Stakes. Drawn gate four and has Kerrin McEvoy on board. A winning combination.
1st: No2 SAVATIANO 2nd: No1 Princess Posh; 3rd: No7 Shoko; 4th: No3 Mrs Gardenia
Moonee Valley Race 4 - 1:50PM Harrolds Crockett Stakes (1200 Metres)
SPANISH WHISPER is our on top selection in what shapes to be a tricky affair. The filly went too quickly last time out in the Thousand Guineas when taking on Smart Melody for the front before subsequently dropping out. Goes back 200m which appears to suit and from gate eight, Dwayne Dunn is likely to go forward on her as she always maps to be on the speed. If that Guineas run hasn’t stuffed her, she is the one to beat.
1st: No 1 SPANISH WHISPER 2nd: No5 I’m So Sweet; 3rd: No4 Into The Abyss; 4th: No2 Assertive Play
Moonee Valley Race 5 - 2:25PM 1300 Australia Stakes (1200 Metres)
Taking a chance with SPIN in this race. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained runner has been building to a win at his past couple of starts. Finished third in the Roman Consul on a Heavy track behind Sesar last time out. Two runs back finished a close fourth to Encryption down the Flemington straight, with that horse then running second to Written Bye in the Blue Sapphire. That horse would be close to odds-on in this. Value runner.
1st: No3 SPIN 2nd: No4 Sunset Watch; 3rd: No8 More Than Exceed; 4th: No7 Wagner
Moonee Valley Race 6 - 3:00PM Aquis Farm Fillies Classic (1600 Metres)
MYSTIC JOURNEY (NEXT BEST BET) looks extremely hard to beat in this. Worked early before sitting three-wide with cover in the Jim Moloney (Listed) on September 22 before jockey Anthony Darmanin peeled four wide on the bend. After straightening up, Mystic Journey went straight past the talented Spanish Whisper to win running away by over two lengths. This race is 200m longer than that race, however, she is tough and savaged the line last time out. Like the fact she bypassed the Thousand Guineas whereas a lot of the main dangers are backing up from that race.
1st: No3 MYSTIC JOURNEY 2nd: No1 El Dorado Dreaming; 3rd: No2 Fundamentalist; 4th: No4 Krone
Moonee Valley Race 7 - 3:35PM Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600 Metres)
Taking the gamble with PRIZED ICON after he came up with gate two. The Victoria Derby winner hasn’t won in a while but did go around in WFA conditions three starts back when fifth to Unforgotten in The Chelmsford Stakes. Last time out finished fourth to Bondeiger after sitting wide throughout over 2000m. Damien Oliver is back aboard and can repay the faithful here after the pair went around as beaten odds-on favourites last time out.
1st: No2 PRIZED ICON 2nd: No1 It’s Somewhat; 3rd: No7 Sir John Lavery; 4th: No3 Sovereign Nation
Moonee Valley Race 8 - 4:10PM McCafe Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500 Metres)
TOSEN BASIL is worth another try in this. Never looked comfortable racing inside horses in Benbatl’s Caulfield Stakes win on October 13. Go on his effort two starts back when finishing powerfully to run Homesman to a photo in the Underwood. That form is tremendous with Homesman going within a lip of winning the Caulfield Cup last week. From 16, jockey John Allen will probably go back and look to get a cart into the race. Can loop them and win with speed on.
1st: No13 TOSEN BASIL 2nd: No6 The Taj Mahal; 3rd: No5 Prize Money; 4th: *SCRATCHED* No2 Patrick Erin
Moonee Valley Race 9 - 5:00PM Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040 Metres)
WINX is aiming for an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate and we think she will create Australian racing history here. She has been the premier WFA horse in Australia over the past four seasons, winning 28 straight races in the process. Came close to being beaten last time out in the Turnbull Stakes but once Hughie found clear running at the 250 metres, she exploded to score again. She hasn’t been mustering early speed of late so expect her to be back in the field once more but she has the motor to loop her rivals and with just seven opponents, that plays to her favour.
1st: No6 WINX 2nd: No1 Benbatl; 3rd: No2 Humidor; 4th: No8 Savvy Coup
Moonee Valley Race 10 - 5:50PM Drummond Gold Vase (2040 Metres)
We are banking on Godolphin to get us the money in the last with ARAMAYO. The colt has sensational formlines heading into the race with the only concern being gate 14 but he maps to get back in his races anyway. Flew home from near last in a big field to win at Newcastle two starts back and then was heavily backed to win the Group One Spring Champion Stakes and just nailed on the line by Maid Of Heaven. That form is white hot with the third horse, Thinkin’ Big, winning the Norman Robinson in sensational fashion last week.
1st: No1 ARAMAYO 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No13 Verry Elleegant; 3rd: No4 Dealmaker; 4th: No3 Mickey Blue Eyes