Racing returns to Moonee Valley for the first time since March!
Racing returns to Moonee Valley for the first time since March. The track has undergone some renovations and should play fair. There is a chance of showers, with a forecast of overcast. The rail will be at the 3 metre position, with the track rating as a Soft 6, and the penetrometer reading 5.18.
QUADDIES Races: 6-7-8-9
SKINNY PLAY: 9/6/12/10 WIDE PLAY: 1,2,6,9/1,4,5,12/1,4,10,13/5,8,9,10
R1 12.15pm Friends Handicap 1200m
Artie Dee Two had a seamless start to his career with a one length win over 1200m in a maiden at Geelong on June 3. The colt carried 58kg that day, which is the same weight he is burdened with here, but he has an awkward alley, jumping from 11 in a field of 12.
Sky Muster had a perfect start to his career with a narrow win over 1000m in a maiden at Geelong on May 3. Punters swooped, backing the gelding from $4.60 into $2.80 and went home with their pockets full. Last Saturday’s Stradbroke winning hoop Dwayne Dunn replaces Darren Gauci. He goes up 2kg to 58kg in a field where the limit is 55.5kg.
Vegas Strip broke through for a deserved win at her fifth start over 1200m in a fillies’ maiden over 1200m at Cranbourne on May 27. She struck a bog track that day when she was backed into a $2.20 favourite and streeted her rivals by 4 ¾ lengths. She is up against the males here but worthy of respect.
SELECTIONS: No9 TENAPPY LADIES, No1 Artie Dee Two, No2 Sky Muster, No12 Vegas Strip
VALUE RUNNER: No5 French Snitzel
R2 12.50pm Packer Handicap 2040m
Black Stardom is chasing a hat-trick here for trainer Lisa Enright. The gelding won over 2080m at Cranbourne before stepping up to 2520m at the same track to win the Sky Heights Final in good style on May 27. He defied a shift from $7 to $10 that day and he will carry the same weight on 59kg here.
Lord Ore has apprentice Ben Thompson on to reduce his handicap to a mere 52.5kg. He carried a big weight on 60.5kg to score an impressive win over 2200m at Geelong as a $2.35 favourite at his last start on June 3. He gets a massive 8kg drop in weight here and is at more lucrative odds in early betting at $9.
King Way has been racing well, with two placings over 1600m at Cranbourne last month. The son of Thewayyouare looks to be searching for extra ground and he gets that here. Bookmakers have kept him tight at $4 in early betting, with the five-year-old dropping a kilo to 55kg and jockey James Winks stays on.
SELECTIONS: No2 NESBO, No3 Black Stardom, No9 Lord Ore, No10 King Way
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Lord Ore
R3 1.28pm Vital Healthcare Handicap 2040m
Turnitaround has been in tip top form and looms as the main danger. The five-year-old is hardened with a picket fence of four wins to his name this campaign. He was an easing $3.20 favourite before winning over 1800m at Sandown on June 4 when carrying 57kg, which is the same weight he will carry here.
Longeron gave Turnitaround something to chase and fought on well despite being passed by the winner inside the final 50m over 1800m at Sandown on June 4. He eased from $3.80 to $4.60 that day and will again have Dwayne Dunn to steer but gets 1.5kg less to carry on 55.5kg. He makes appeal as a danger at $4.40 in the early betting.
Symo was stepping up to 1800m for the first time this preparation and though no match for Turnitaround and Longeron, he did run on well to finish third, beaten three lengths. Senior rider Luke Currrie replaces the suspended 3kg claiming apprentice Ben Allen and he only goes up a kilo to 55.5kg.
SELECTIONS: No7 RAW IMPULSE, No1 Turnitaround, No5 Longeron, No6 Sysmo
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Sysmo
R4 2.05pm Zouki Handicap 1600m
Clemency won at Pakenham and Moonee Valley over 1600m last preparation. She resumed with a smart win as a $3.60 favourite at Sandown on June 4. She will carry 53kg with the 3kg claim of apprentice Ben Thompson here.
Ma Jones will be ridden by senior rider Chris Parnham here and is weighted on 55.5kg. She carried 58.5kg to win over 1600m at Bendigo last start on May 22. The five-year-old looms as a good chance.
Khutulun landed a plunge when backed from $7 into $4.80 at Morphettville last start on May 28. The five-year-old daughter of Blevic carried 56.5kg that day and with apprentice Jordan Childs’ 2kg claim will carry 57kg here. Drawn well in gate four.
SELECTIONS: No6 LAQUA, No7 Clemency, No8 Ma Jones, No2 Khutulun
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Khutulun
R5 2.45pm Oneview Healthcare Handicap 1000m
Powerful Story was easy in betting, drifting from $6 to $9 before sharpening into $8.50 before running second over 1200m at Pakenham on June 5. She was ridden by Luke Currie and carried 57.5kg and with apprentice Michael Dee’s 1.5kg claim drops to 52.5kg here.
Prontezza will sweat on a run here as a 2nd emergency, but if she gets a start will take beating. She won with a leg in the air over 1016m at Moe on May 16 to break her maiden status. Carried 56kg that day and drops to 54kg against her own sex and age here.
Fireworks is the top-weight on 60kg but with apprentice Dylan Dunn’s 2kg claim will carry 58kg. She has changed stables from Gerald Ryan to co-trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Expect a forward showing from this former smart two-year-old.
SELECTIONS: No6 STRYKINGLEE, No10, Powerful Story, No16 Prontezza, No1 Fireworks
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Powerful Story
R6 3.25pm Thomas Handicap 1000m
Chiavari is rematched against Magnagem here. She fought hard all the way to the line to go down in a close finish to the other mare over 1000m at Sandown on June 6. With apprentice Jake Bayliss’ 2kg claim, she carries 54kg here.
Magnagem will carry just 53kg with the 3kg claim of apprentice Ben Thompson to make it two in a row here after winning narrowly over Chiavari over 1000m at Sandown on June 4. Drawn well in gate four to repeat.
Pink Perfection will carry 58kg with the 1.5kg claim of apprentice Michael Dee. She carried 55.5kg to go down a half-length to Kayjay’s Joy over 1100m in a mares’ race at Caulfield on April 30. Track is a query but racing well.
SELECTIONS: No6 APPALACHIAN ANNIE, No7 Chiavari, No9 Magnagem, No2 Pink Perfection
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Magnagem
R7 4.05pm Kane Constructions Handicap 1200m
Wind Force is racing in top stead and he can go one better on his last start ¾ length second over 1000m at Pakenham on May 24. Michael Walker is the new rider and he is keen to make an impact after missing the latter part of last year through injury. The colt drops 3kg to 55.5kg, but has to combat a wide alley in 11.
Prince Of Brooklyn is a lightly-raced three-year-old showing plenty of ability with two wins from four starts. He has the benefit of apprentice Ben Thompson’s 3kg claim to reduce his impost to 56.5kg and hails from the stables of leading juvenile trainer Mick Price.
Chavuma has the good record from five starts of two wins and two placings. He is up in class on his last start, a win over 1000m at Pakenham when backed from $5.50 into $4.80 on June 6. Leading apprentice Michael Dee, who is duelling Dylan Dunn for the junior title, takes the reins and his 1.5kg reduces his weight to a mere 53.5kg.
SELECTIONS: No12 FIRSTHAND, No4 Wind Force, No1 Prince Of Brooklyn, No5 Chavuma
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Chavuma
R8 4.43pm Travis Harrison Cup 1600m
Kenjorwood was backed from $4.80 into $3.80 and got the money over 1600m at Sandown at his last start on May 28. The gelding carried 56kg that day and gets 58.5kg here with the 2kg claim of leading apprentice Dylan Dunn. He has drawn well and hails from the top yard of Darren Weir, so will be ripe to repeat.
Onpicolo gets his chance here in an even race, aided by the 3kg claim of apprentice Ben Thompson reducing his handicap to 51kg. He fought hard and thrashed those behind him but found Kenjorwood too good on that day at his last start over 1600m at Sandown on May 28. Rates highly.
Spreadeagled has been consistent and gets the benefit of top hoop Dwayne Dunn and bottom weight on 54kg here. He beat the hot-shot Show A Star over 1400m at the odds of $4.60 at Sandown last start on May 28. He can repeat.
SELECTIONS: No4 CHANCE TO DANCE, No1 Kenjorwood, No10 Onpicolo, No13 Spreadeagled.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Almandin
R9 5.15pm Design Handicap 1200m
Duke Of Brunswick makes strong appeal as the main danger to Voodoo Lad. In fact, the pair dominate the market at $2.90 and $4. The son of Magnus is rock hard fit and was a $3.8 favourite when running second to Magnus Lad over 1300m at Sandown on June 4. He never stopped trying and deserves respect here.
Nicoscene must offset a wide gate in 11 but he makes appeal with a light-weight on 54.5kg first-up. The four-year-old stallion’s record at this venue is too good to ignore, with three wins and three placings at seven starts. The son of Nicconi’s first-up record is a second and two thirds at four starts.
Kievann ran a cracking race first up under an anchor of 61kg to finish third over 1000m at Sandown on June 4. Top jockey Craig Williams takes over from a junior rider and he plummets 7kg in weight for his rise in class. He has drawn wide in 15 but loves this track, with a record of nine starts for three wins and a second.
SELECTIONS: No10 VOODOO LAD, No8 Duke Of Brunswick, No5 Nicoscene, No9 Kievann
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Kievann