With the Melbourne spring carnival now concluded for another year, weekly racing returns to Moonee Valley each Friday night.
The rail will be at seven metres, with the track rated at a Good 3. The weather is expected to be overcast.
QUADDIES Races: 5-6-7-8
SKINNY PLAY: 1,3 / 4 / 4 / 2,4
WIDE PLAY: 1,3,6,7 / 1,4,5,8,10 / 3,4,7,9,11 / 1,2,4,6,9
BEST BET: R5 No3 Gun Case
NEXT BEST BET: R7 No4 Chase The Horizon
BEST ROUGHIE: R8 No1 Miss Wynette
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R1 6.30pm WILLIAM HILL HANDICAP 1000m
DUNAMITE was super explosive at her sole trial back in June. The daughter of Duporth dashed away to win by two lengths, with another 2 ½ lengths to the third placed galloper over 1000m at Pakenham. With apprentice Brandon Stockdale’s 3kg, she carries 52kg.
MAGNETAR has the handicapper on his back, copping a 2.5kg penalty for his win at Mornington on October 21. He is unbeaten at his two starts and has regular jockey Noel Callow on top and a good gate in (3) to counter the big weight increase.
RUN GYPSY RUN is a promising sort with a win and a second at two starts. Latest ran second over 1200m here on October 28. Damien Oliver replaces apprentice Beau Mertens here and he is up a kilo to 55.5kg so appears well weighted.
BRINGAROO was at long odds at $21 when running a solid third over 1000m here on October 21. Apprentice Regan Bayliss keeps the mount and he carries 56.5kg with the 1.5kg claim. Makes appeal.
SELECTIONS: No7 DUNAMITE, No1 Magnetar, No5 Run Gypsy Run, No2 Bringaroo.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Bringaroo.
DUNAMITE - 1pt @ 2.15
R2 7pm TOTAL COLLISION REPAIRS HANDICAP 1000m
ANOTHER DIAMOND is sparkling and in line for a hat-trick after smashing his opposition by four lengths over 955m here on October 21. This is only a small field over the 1000m dash and with apprentice Beau Mertens’ 3kg claim he carries 54.5kg.
AUNTY MO is a five-year-old mare who was outclassed when running 14th in a Group 3 1100m sprint at Flemington on October 29. She is far better suited here, where she has a record of two wins at four starts over this trip.
ESTAMINET is far better off in this class and would dismiss her 10th in a Group 3 down the straight 1100m at Flemington on October 29. With Ben Allen’s 2kg claim, she carries 58kg and looms with good claims.
LADY ESPRIT was a noticeable drifter to $6 before finishing second over 1000m at Cranbourne on October 14. With apprentice Brandon Stockdale’s 3kg claim will carry just 52kg and hails from the top yard of Ciaron Maher.
SELECTIONS: No3 ANOTHER DIAMOND, No2 Aunty Mo, No1 Estaminet, No4 Lady Esprit.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Estaminet.
ANOTHER DIAMOND - 1pt @ 2.60
R3 7.30pm FISHER & PAYKEL MAIDEN PLATE 1200m
TALES OF WAR has been a most consistent type with a record of seven starts for four seconds and a third. This is a weak maiden and he has a good first-up record of two seconds at two starts and has regular hoop Steven Vella on top.
STRADISTA will be fitter on first-up second over 1430m at Traralgon on October 29. Was outgunned that day by the winner, but was the best career run and was first-up so expect improvement.
DRAGONBITE has been placed at four of his eleven starts. Latest ran fourth in a 1300m maiden at Cranbourne on November 4. Is race hardened and does get experienced jockey Ben Melham to steer.
ZAARESQUE gets her chance in a very soft maiden. She ran a solid third over 1200m at Pakenham on October 27 and does get the services of top jockey Dwayne Dunn to assist here.
SELECTIONS: No6 TALES OF WAR, No5 Stradista, No2 Dragonbite, No9 Zaaresque.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Zaaresque.
TALES OF WAR - 1pt @ 3.50
R4 8pm MERLIN GARAGE DOOR OPENERS HANDICAP 3000m
AZURITE gets his chance to turn the tables on Cinnamon Carter after finishing third to him over 2500m here on October 25. With apprentice Ben Allen’s 2kg claim will carry 56kg and he is rock hard for this.
BULLISH STOCK battled on fairly down the straight and he gets top jockey Dwayne Dunn as his new partner here following his fourth to Cinnamon Carter over 2500m here on October 28.
DON’T BE SHY has won at two of his past three starts over the longer distances. Latest scored a narrow win over 2500m at Pakenham on October 27. Carries the same weight here on 55kg and has Daniel Moor to ride again.
CINNAMON CARTER was totally outclassed in last Saturday’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. With Jake Bayliss’s 2kg claim, she carries 57kg and won at her last time round this track.
SELECTIONS: No3 AZURITE, No6 Bullish Stock, No7 Don’t Be Shy, No2 Cinnamon Carter.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Don’t Be Shy.
AZURITE - 1pt @ 4.50
R5 8.30pm| INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 5 955m
GUN CASE (BEST BET) has been thriving since joining the provincial stables of trainer Darren Weir. You could argue he would have won last start had his saddle not slipped early before finishing third to the talented short-course sprinter O’Malley over 955m on October 22. With apprentice Ben Allen’s 2kg claim he carries 57kg, a rise of 1.5kg in a lower graded race.
SELECTIONS: No3 GUN CASE, No6 Runson, No1 It Is Written, No7 Sunday Escape.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 It Is Written.
GUN CASE - 1pt @ 2.80
R6 9pm STRATHMORE COMMUNITY BANK HANDICAP 1600m
BLACK SHEEP was backed heavily from $8.50 into $6 and landed the plunge easily with a length win over 1600m here on October 28. Luke Nolen rode him at 57kg that night and he goes up to 59.5kg but this is negated by Ben Allen’s 2kg claim as he will carry 57.5kg.
LANNISTER edged out to $51 before being backed back into $41 and running home well to claim second place over 1400m at Pakenham on October 27. With apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim, he carries just 53kg, which is a drop of 5.5kg.
ENTRE NOUS gets his chance with the aid of apprentice Jye McNeil’s 1.5kg claim reducing his impost to 61kg. He will be fitter for his first-up fifth over 1400m at Bendigo on October 26 and loves this trip.
CATCH THAT CAT is a sparingly raced mare who has ability. She will be improved on her fifth over 1533m here against her own sex on October 28. Apprentice Regan Bayliss’s 1.5kg claim sees her carry just 56kg and she makes appeal.
SELECTIONS: No4 BLACK SHEEP, No10 Lannister, No1 Entre Nous, No5 Catch That Cat.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Lannister.
BLACK SHEEP - 1pt @ 2.60
R7 9.30pm ART SERIES HOTEL GROUP HANDICAP 1200m
CHASE THE HORIZON (NEXT BEST BET) is a Henry Dwyer-trained sprinter racing in outstanding fashion. He gets his chance to claim a hat-trick here after scoring a strong but narrow win over 1100m at Bendigo on October 26. He has a riding change with Mark Zahra off and apprentice Regan Bayliss on. Bayliss’s 1.5kg allowance helps his weight, bringing it down to 58kg, which is a half kilo more than he carried to win last start.
SELECTIONS: No4 CHASE THE HORIZON, No11 Ma Deuce, No13 Ozi Choice, No9 Bob Of The Head.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Bob Of The Head.
CHASE THE HORIZON - 1pt @ 2.00
R8 10pm HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY ERROL PERERA HANDICAP 2040m
SWEET REDEMPTION is a good chance here, with last Saturday’s Group 1 winning jockey Stephen Baster the new rider. Won by ¾ of a length second-up over 1600m at Randwick on November 1 and looks to have strong claims here.
MOUNT OMEI finished right on their tails when racing second-up and finishing fifth over 1700m at Flemington on November 3. Ben Melham replaces Sydney hoop Hugh Bowman here and she makes strong appeal.
I’LL FLY AWAY is an Irish-bred mare racing under the banner of Darren Weir. She ran a strong third over 1700m at Geelong on October 19 and with apprentice Ben Allen’s 2kg claim carries no weight here on 53kg.
MISS WYNETTE’s (BEST ROUGHIE) task is aided by the 3kg claim of apprentice Brandon Stockdale, reducing her impost to 57kg. She was first-up and fought on well to run fourth over 1533m here against her own sex on October 28. Makes claims.
SELECTIONS: No2 SWEET REDEMPTION, No6 Mount Omei, No4 I’ll Fly Away, No1 Miss Wynette.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Miss Wynette.
SWEET REDEMPTION - 1pt @ 2.90