Friday night sees a big event at Moonee Valley, with the running of the Group 1 Moir Stakes on the eve of the AFL Grand Final between the Sydney Swans and the Bulldogs.
The glamour card highlights also include the running of the Group 2 Bank Stutt Stakes and the Stock Stakes.
The rail will be at the true position and the weather will be overcast. Rain is forecast to hit, so the track rating is bound to deteriorate if that happens.
The track was rated at a Good 4 (Wed).
QUADDIES Races: 5-6-7-8
SKINNY PLAY: 1,2,6 / 1,2,3,10 / 2 / 3,4,8,11
WIDE PLAY: 1,2,6,7 / 1,2,3,7,10 / 2.9 / 3,4,7,8,11
BEST BET: R7 No2 Chautauqua
R1 6.30pm MSC SIGNS HANDICAP 1500m
MR INDIVIDUAL looks better suited here than last Saturday when he faced Group 1 opposition when finishing 10th to Bon Aurum in the Alister Clarke Stakes (1400m). With apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim he will carry 53kg and looks well weighted.
MARWOOD is another who appears better suited here after finishing seventh to Bon Aurum in the Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington on September 10. The in-form jockey Damian Lane takes the ride and he only goes up 1.5kg to 55.5kg in restricted class.
PLOT THE COURSE was doing his best work towards the close of the race when running fifth first-up to the smart winner He’s Our Rokki over 1400m at Caulfield on September 17. Michael Walker retains the ride and he only goes up a kilo to 55kg and rates highly here.
ZAHSPEED can give an improved effort on last-start 12th to Vostok over 1514m here on September 17. Premiership winning jockey Craig Williams is the new rider and he will plummet 4.5kg to 55.5kg here, which is a far more comfortable impost.
SELECTIONS: No7 MR INDIVIDUAL, No5 Marwood, No8 Plot The Course, No6 Zahspeed.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Plot The Course.
R2 7pm QUEST MOONEE VALLEY PLATE 1200m
KEN’S DREAM hails from the hallowed stables of top trainer Darren Weir and is out to keep intact his unbeaten record when resuming here. Capped his debut campaign to romp home over 1200m here as a $2.30 favourite at his last start on August 20. Looking to repeat.
LEGERITY has been brought down from Sydney for this race. He ran eighth first-up over 1100m at Randwick on September 17. Melbourne’s top jockey Dwayne Dunn replaces Chris Reith and he has an excellent second-up record.
BLUE TYCOON eased in the betting from $6.50 to $7.50 before finishing third over 1100m at Caulfield on September 17. Michael Walker retains the ride and he drops a kilo down to 55kg here. Having third start back from a break and is fit.
MATTY is unbeaten at his two starts in milder company. He won by 2 ¾ lengths at his last start over 1000m at Pakenham on September 18 and despite the three-year-old’s rise in class must be given credit for his efforts.
SELECTIONS: No2 KEN’S DREAM, No4 Legerity, No6 Blue Tycoon, No13 Matty.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Matty.
R3 7.30pm THE SPORTING GLOBE AFTER THE LAST JRA CUP 2040m
REAL LOVE gets her chance to pay back her supporters after running an even race to finish seventh in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 17 after an eye-catching first-up second in the Group 2 Dato here.
TOM MELBOURNE has plenty of ability but tends to race too hard. If new jockey Dwayne Dunn can settle him he has a big chance to repay his backers, who took the $4.20 when favourite and sixth in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 17.
BOLD SNIPER is owned by The Queen and has been racing in sparkling form. Cory Parish takes the reins from apprentice Regan Bayliss and he is down 2kg to 54.5kg on his sixth over 2040m here on September 3. He won well over this trip two starts ago.
OBSERVATIONAL was doing his best work on the line when running ninth in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 17. He was specked at $16 that day and has the services of ace hoop Damien Oliver here.
SELECTIONS: No1 REAL LOVE, No7 Tom Melbourne, No8 Bold Sniper, No6 Observational.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Observational.
R4 8pm INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 2 955m
ESTAMINET is a daughter of leading sire Lonhro who won her trial over 800m at Cranbourne impressively by 1 ¾ lengths on September 19. Daniel Moor rode her at her trial and gets the job to boot her home here first-up in a race where she is well-weighted on 55kg.
AUNTY MO is another resuming and she has an outstanding record at this track. She won at her past two starts over this trip before being spelled back in February. Jockey Chris Symons rides here first-up and she had three starts over the 955m for two wins.
GUN CASE is enjoying her new surroundings with trainer Darren Weir. She was pipped on the post last start when second over 1000m at Sandown on August 31. The former Queenslander will carry 55kg with Ben Allen’s 2kg claim and rates as a good chance.
MONEY CHASER was at long odds when chasing home Rock ‘n’ Gold over 955m here on September 23. Likes the short course and drops to 3.5kg on his last start to 52kg with Beau Mertens’ 3kg claim.
SELECTIONS: No7 ESTAMINET, No8 Aunty Mo, No4 Gun Case, No11 Money Chaser.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Aunty Mo
R5 8.30pm STRATHMORE COMMUNITY BANK STUTT STAKES 1600m
DETECTIVE (Next Best Bet) was well-ridden by Melbourne jockey Chris Parnham to win over 1400m at Flemington on September 10. That was his second win on the trot and he is undefeated at two starts this campaign. Top Sydney hoop Blake Shinn takes the reins on this well-bred son of Snitzel in his bid to keep his slate clean against his own age under set-weights here.
SELECTIONS: No1 DETECTIVE, No2 Tessera, No6 Inference, No7 Mandalay Bay
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Mandalay Bay
R6 9pm ZOUSTAR STOCKS STAKES 1600m
DON’T DOUBT MAMMA has plenty to like after she burst through to post an impressive win in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) against her own sex at Flemington on September 10. Strikes her own sex again here at weight-for-age carrying 56.5kg.
RISING ROMANCE is a proven placegetter at the elite level and is back against her own sex here. She ran an even race when finishing seventh to Palentino in the Group 1 Makybe Diva (1600m) at Flemington on September 10. At weight-for-age she is suited here on 57kg.
MISS ROSE DE LAGO can bounce back here after finishing last of fourteen to Awesome Rock in the Group 2 Dato (1600m) here on September 3. She was an awesome winner of the Lawrence Stakes at her prior starts and would respect at WFA here.
KANIANA (Best Roughie) hails from the high flying stables of trainer Darren Weir and she can pay back her supporters for her last start when starting as a $3.50 favourite and finishing fourth over 1600m here on September 1. Stable jockey Brad Rawiller is the new rider.
SELECTIONS: No10 DON’T DOUBT MAMMA, No1 Rising Romance, No2 Miss Rose de Lago, No7 Kaniana.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 KANIANA
R7 9.30pm CHARTER KECK CRAMER MOIR STAKES 1000m
CHAUTAUQUA’S (Best Bet) win in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint (1200m) at Hong Kong’s Shatin racecourse had to be seen to be believed. He produced an amazing acceleration to win that day for leading Sydney jockey Tommy Berry. The stable’s No1 Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn goes back on this outstanding sprinter at his return here over the 1000m dash and he will be the short-priced favourite to embellish his record with another Group 1 win.
SELECTIONS: No2 CHAUTAUQUA, No1 Buffering, No7 Heatherly, No9 Extreme Choice.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Heatherly.
R8 10pm WILLIAM HILL HANDICAP 1200m
SIR BACCHUS won first-up over 1200m before finishing fourth as a $2.45 favourite over 1200m at Rosehill on September 10. Top Sydney trainer Chris Waller has booked premier jockey Craig Williams to steer tonight and looks hard to beat.
REAL TIME will be ridden by Chris Parnham first-up here. He showed he was in tune for a good effort with a third over 800m in a trial at Cranbourne on September 19. He has won once at two starts when fresh.
HEZA RIPPER showed excellent form in Adelaide to win two in a row over 1200m including a last-start win at Morphettville on September 10. Dylan Dunn’s claim sees him carry 56.5kg – a reasonable weight.
FAST CASH can rebound here on his last start 14th over 1200m here on September 3. He was never on the track and had a torrid run. Damien Oliver has stuck and he has won once and been placed three times at six starts over this trip.
SELECTIONS: No4 SIR BACCHUS, No11 Real Time, No3 Heza Ripper, No8 Fast Cash.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Heza Ripper.