Friday night form & tips for Moonee Valley, February 9

THE Friday night fixture of Moonee Valley is back to round out your working week in the right fashion.

The Valley always puts on an entertaining night of racing and this Friday is no exception.

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Race 1 – Maiden (1523m)

Circomo has finished outside the top-two just once in its five race career, finishing less than a combined two lengths over those four runs. The horse draws a great gate here and will be hard to hold out.

Race 1 tip: Circomo to win ($4.60 at Neds)

Race 2 – Benchmark 70 (1600m)

Shalwa was a strong winner on debut at Kyneton, and while it has failed to win in two subsequent attempts, the horse has only missed out by a single combined length. The horse remains at the grading it finished second at last time out, but drops weight. We think Shalwa is going to relish the mile.

Race 2 tip: Shalwa to win ($3.30 at William Hill)

Race 3 – Benchmark 64 (1000m)

Branksome Chimes comes into the race after breaking the maiden in great style at Ballarat. The horse won by two and a half lengths that day and with natural progression it should improve even further. From gate three the Weir runner should look to go forward and win this from the front.

Race 3 tip: Branksome Chimes to win ($4.40 at Sportsbet)

Race 4 – Benchmark 70 (1523m)

Hunamosa has been making great progression since winning a BM70 contest at Kyneton. The horse subsequently ventured to the city, finishing fifth at Caulfield before a strong third on January 17. We think it’ll all come together at the Valley for Hunamosa.

Race 4 tip: Hunamosa to win ($3.60 at William Hill)

Race 5 – Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge (955m)

Straviera is hunting a hat-trick and is well placed to get the job done. The horse has won twice at this distance and is really extremely well this preparation. We’re backing it in.

Race 5 tip: Straviera to win ($3.40 at Neds)

Race 6 – Benchmark 70 (1200m)

Knight Commander is a horse on the rise. The horse has won three races from five attempts and a win on Friday night would be the horse’s third-straight success. The claim from Ethan Brown will be telling here.

Race 6 tip: Knight Commander to win ($2.90 at William Hill)

Race 7 – Benchmark 78 (2500m)

Aurora Rose is an in-form galloper that has the capacity to continue on here. The horse won well at BM64 level on January 25, and while this represents a significant step-up, we believe the Waterhouse and Bott runner has the capacity to improve.

Race 7 tip: Aurora Rose to win ($11 at Crownbet)

Race 8 – Benchmark 70 (1000m)

The resuming True Excelsior has a great record of one win and a placing from two first-up attempts and we think it’s right in the mix here. The horse trailed beautifully leading into this one and will be the runner to beat.

Race 8 tip: True Excelsior to win ($3.40 at Crownbet)