Racing in the afternoon returns to Moonee Valley for the first time since the running of the $3 million Cox Plate on October 22.
There has been the weekly Friday night racing but this is the first under the sun in over a month.
The weather is forecast to be fine, with the track rated as a Good 4. The rail is at the true position.
QUADDIES Races: 6-7-8-9
SKINNY PLAY: 4,5,6,10,13 / 2,5,10,12,13 / 4,6,11,13 / 3,7,9,12,13,14
WIDE PLAY: 2,4,5,6,10,11,13 / 2,5,7,10,11,12,13,15 / 1,2,3,4,5,6,11,13 / 3,5,7,8,9,11,12,13,14,15,16
BEST BET: R6, No6 Payroll.
NEXT BEST BET: R8, No13 Stellar Collision.
BEST ROUGHIE: R4, No9 Angharad.
R1 12.50pm SUMMER MEMBERSHIP $99 HANDICAP 1600m
MOONLITES CHOICE makes strong appeal on her fast finishing efforts. Latest, she stormed home to run sixth over 1400m at Sandown on November 12. She hails from the in-form yard of Darren Weir and is a big chance.
INVINCIBELLA finished strongly to claim a close third over 1400m at Flemington on November 1. Apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim will reduce her impost to 58.5kg and looks like the extra 200m here will suit.
TIFFANY’S LASS broke her maiden in the provincial before running home to claim second place over 1500m here on November 18. She was backed from $31 into $19 on that occasion and carries 51.5kg here with the 3kg claim of Brandon Stockdale.
HEAVENLY DESCENT will carry a half kilo less on 54.5kg with Beau Mertens’ 2kg claim after scoring a brilliant win over 1500m here on November 18, beating rival Tiffany’s Lass.
SELECTIONS: No2 MOONLITES CHOICE, No1 Invincibella, No7 Tiffany’s Lass, No5 Heavenly Descent.
VALUE RUNNERS: No5 Heavenly Descent.
MOONLITES CHOICE - 1pt @ 5.50
R2 1.25pm WHITEMAN PROPERTY PLATE 1000m
CAO CAO looms as the obvious favourite on the colt’s debut second over 1000m down the straight at Flemington on November 5. Expect he will take benefit from the outing but you won’t be getting $41 here.
BANDIPUR rallied strongly to post a convincing 1 ¾ length win over 800m in a trial at Cranbourne on November 7. The Godolphin-owned three-year-old gets top jockey Craig Williams to steer at his debut and makes appeal.
BLACKWOLF RUN is a son of All Too Hard and he cruised along at a recent jump out at Flemington. He showed he was primed for a forward showing at his debut and he gets former leading apprentice Patrick Maloney to ride.
TARIMA pulled a plate at her debut when finishing fourth to Aspect in a Group 3 at Flemington down the 1000m straight on November 5. Drawn on the rail to have a soft run and gets Group 1 winning jokey Stephen Baster to ride.
SELECTIONS: No1 CAO CAO, No3 Bandipur, No4 Blackwolf Run, No8 Tarima.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Blackwolf Run.
CAO CAO - 1pt @ 4.00
R3 2pm MSC SIGNS HANDICAP 1000m
ESTAMINET will carry 58kg with apprentice Brandon Stockdale’s 3kg claim, which is the same weight she carried to win over 1000m here against her own sex on November 11. She has two wins and a second at three starts this trip.
SOLAR DUCHESS had a soft trial over 800m at Cranbourne in her lead up to this race. She has an unblemished record of two from two here and will be expecting her to be sharp for her return, with Andrew Mallyon to ride.
VERY CHOOSY is a highly promising mare who will carry 54kg and has ace jockey Craig Williams to ride at her comeback. She ran a solid sixth in the Redeklva Stakes at Morphettville at her final start in March and likes this track.
SELECTIONS: No1 ESTAMINET, No4 Solar Duchess. No7 Very Choosy.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Very Choosy.
ESTAMINET - 1pt @ 3.70
R4 2.35pm ART SERIES HOTEL GROUP HANDICAP 1200m
ANGHARAD is a well-bred filly who can bounce back from her last start 13th over 1400m at Sandown on November 12. She gets Michael Dee’s 1.5kg allowance to reduce her handicap to 55kg and she will have friends.
RUN GYPSY RUN looks due to break through here after two close seconds at this track. Latest she ran second over 1000m against her own age on November 11. Beau Mertens’ 2kg claim sees her carry 53.5kg.
WISE HERO still will be green but he got away with it at his debut when romping away to a four-length win over 1100m in a maiden at Moe on November 11. Damian Lane returns to ride here after winning at Ascot last week.
SELECTIONS: No9 ANGHARAD, No11 Run Gypsy Run, No6 Wise Hero.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Angharad.
ANGHARAD - 1pt @ 13.00
R5 3.15pm SIMPSON CONSTRUCTION HANDICAP 1600m
BLACK SHEEP has a new rider, with Brad Rawiller replacing apprentice Ben Allen after going down as a $2.70 favourite over 1600m here on November 11. He won over this trip two starts ago for Luke Nolen and can bounce back.
FLYING LIGHT was a big drifter from $7.50 to $11 before finishing a 2 ¼ length third over 1500m at Geelong on November 5. Gets a change of rider, with Damian Lane replacing Andrew Mallyon and will again carry 58kg.
LIFE OF REILLY is a veteran galloper who was having his second start back when running on to finish third over 1600m here on November 11. He again gets Irishman John Allen to ride on 56.5kg and is ready to bounce back.
UN DE SCEAUX drops back in class after finishing third in the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) at Sandown on November 12. He gets his chance in milder company and has Craig Newitt to ride again on 60kg.
SELECTIONS: No4 BLACK SHEEP, No5 Flying Light, No9 Life Of Reilly, No3 Un De Sceaux.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Un De Sceaux.
BLACK SHEEP - 1pt @ 4.00
R6 3.50pm RANVET HANDICAP 1600m
PAYROLL (BEST BET) made an auspicious return when romping away to a seven-length win over 1400m at Cranbourne on November 4. She drops from 61.5kg to 56kg for her rise in class. Her gate is a shade awkward (13) but she looks to be on a roll and will have the services of the vastly experienced Steven Arnold to guide her here. Arnold replaces Jamie Mott, who rode her first up from a 118-day break. She has been steady in early betting as the $3.20 favourite.
SELECTIONS: No6 PAYROLL, No10 Miles Of Krishan, No13 Vandancer, No5 Dulverton.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Vandancer.
PAYROLL - 1pt @ 3.20
R7 4.30pm 1PRINT HANDICAP 2040m
HIGH CHURCH ran a good third to Turnitaround in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown on November 12. He gets a riding change, with Brad Rawiller replacing Dean Yendall. He does jump up in weight from 54kg to 59kg for his drop in class but is strong.
ENCOSTA LINE is a four-year-old who is chasing consecutive wins for trainer Chris Waller after posting a smart win over 1800m at Sandown on November 12. Craig Newitt replaces Damien Oliver, who is riding at Ascot in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes. He drops four kilos to 55kg.
LITTLE WHITE CLOUD is a well-bred Northern Hemisphere import who impressed at his Australian debut with a brilliant 1 ¼ length win over 2000m at Sandown on November 12. He cops a penalty of 2.5kg up to 57.5kg for that emphatic win but looms as a big chance again.
BOOM TIME should relish the step up in distance and is racing in top form. He scored an imposing win over 1600m at Flemington last start on November 5. He does cop a big weight increase, up from 54kg to 58.5kg, but ace jockey Craig Williams has stuck and he is a chance.
SELECTIONS: No2 HIGH CHURCH, No10 Encosta Line, No8 Little White Cloud, No5 Boom Time.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Encosta Line.
ENCOSTA LINE - 1pt @ 11.00
R8 5.10pm MONTMORENCY FC HANDICAP 1000m
STELLAR COLLISION (NEXT BEST BET) has a great chance here to keep his unblemished record intact. He last raced when facing a Heavy 10 at Warrnambool over 1200m on May 4. He is better suited here fresh and on top of the ground. He has a perfect record of two starts for two wins at this track and two starts for two wins over the 1000m. Astute trainer Darren Weir has booked apprentice Ben Allen and the four-year-old will only carry 52kg and looms as hard to beat.
SELECTIONS: No13 STELLAR COLLISION, No4 Beau Rada, No6 Vezalay, No11 Rock ‘n’ Gold.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Beau Rada.
STELLAR COLLISION - 1pt @ 3.60
R9 5.50pm WILLIAM HILL HANDICAP 1200m
CHASE THE HORIZON is a stallion who let down his backers as a $2.15 favourite when finishing seventh over 1200m here on November 11. He gets a change of rider with senior jockey Mark Zahra the new hoop and can redeem.
CANA is a Sydney galloper who had to work hard to post a narrow win over 1200m at Rosehill at her last start on October 29. She gets a new rider, with Michael Walker booked to ride her on 55kg, which is a 1.5kg drop in weight on her last start.
STAR FORTUNE was steady in the betting at $6 before his blazing 2 ¾ length win over 1200m here on November 11. Damien Oliver is away in Perth and Brad Rawiller gets the booking here to ride at 57.5kg, which is a kilo drop in weight.
KIEVANN is a track specialist who was spelled after his flop here back in July. With apprentice Ben Allen’s 2kg claim he will carry 57.5kg and has an excellent record when he is racing fresh and looms as a chance.
SELECTIONS: No9 CHASE THE HORIZON, No14 Cana, No7 Star Fortune, No3 Kievann.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Kievann.
CHASE THE HORIZON - 1pt @ 4.80