Friday Moonee Valley Racing Previews & Tips - 25th January
Australia Stakes Day at the Valley and the Group One horses are looking towards the Festival Of Racing.
It’s incredible to think that the first Group One of the year is just around the corner and the Australia Stakes on this card at The Valley is likely to feature a number of horses being aimed at the CF Orr Stakes in a few weeks.
Moonee Valley is racing on a Good 4 with the rail out 3m the entire.
Moonee Valley Race 1 - 6:30PM Happy Birthday Pat Egan Plate (1000 Metres)
AUXIN will be improved by a debut third and shapes as a leading contender here. Finished in the placings behind stablemate Microphone down the Flemington straight on January 12 and has drawn perfectly in gate three here. Look for Dwayne Dunn to push forward at the start and take up a prominent spot.
1st: *SCRATCHED* No1 AUXIN 2nd: No7 Lankan Star; 3rd: No2 Hulk; 4th No9 Salome
Moonee Valley Race 2 - 7:00PM MSC Signs Stayers Series Heat 1 (2500 Metres)
These small fields are always a bit tricky but we feel that SAN REMO is worth the gamble in this. One of two runners in the event trained by Archie Alexander, San Remo led for most of the trip at Cranbourne last start over 3000m but couldn’t quicken sufficiently to hold off Benall. Dropping back 500m looks ideal. Look for him to take up the running again.
1st: No5 SAN REMO 2nd: No2 Prinz Hlodowig; 3rd: No3 The Gatting Ball; 4th: No1 Top Of The Range
Moonee Valley Race 5 - 8:30PM Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge Heat 10 (955 Metres)
MISS NORWAY should be leading this for a long way. The speedy mare has won two of three starts since resuming but over-raced slightly last time out when fifth in BM84 company. She drops back in class for this, is drawn four and has a good record on the track. Mark Zahra is a big plus.
1st: *SCRATCHED* No1 MISS NORWAY 2nd: No5 Freeze Over; 3rd No8 Caribbean Pearl; 4th: No3 Costa Bomb
Moonee Valley Race 7 - 9:30PM Mortimer Petroleum Australia Stakes (1200 Metres)
Going for a bit of value in the Group Two feature in the shape of MALAGUERRA. The Peter Gelagotis-trained runner was an eye-catching third in the Winterbottom Stakes behind Voodoo Lad back in early December, which was just his second run back in over a year away from racing. He has been kept fresh for this and that is how he races best, with eight of his 12 career wins either first or second-up. Barrier 7 is a little tricky but in an open affair we are backing the gelding eachway all day!
1st: No4 MALAGUERRA 2nd: No9 Whispering Brook; 3rd: No2 Redkirk Warrior; 4th: No3 Fell Swoop