MOONEE Valley has been a busy track this past week, having held both the Manikato Stakes meeting on Friday and the Cox Plate last Saturday, but its back with a night racing card and an evening quaddie.
The quaddie kicks off at 8pm with the always-exciting Jeep 55 Second Challenge where 13 runners will try run under 55 seconds to secure its trainer a new car.
The 955m sprint won’t be an easy starting race for quaddie punters, but we have supplied our best tips this Friday night which includes a hot tip in the opening race.
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Leg 1 – Jeep 55 Second Challenge (955m)
Miss Vista is our special for the Moonee Valley quaddie after its strong showing at Caulfield last start. The George Osborne-trained mare finished third behind Ameristralia and despite being beaten at odds of $2.80, it needed the run back and it looked the winner with 100m to go. It won its first two career starts in fine style which included a 5.5-length win at Ballarat on debut. It will likely head forward from barrier six and take some catching over this distance.
We don’t want to anchor one horse in the opening race, so include Big Reel in calculations. The five-year-old is a four-time winner at this distance and it has been running well this year. It won back-to-back races at Geelong throughout the winter with one of the wins coming by 4.5 lengths. It should be paying decent odds here so include for some cover.
Leg 1 tips: 3, 9
Leg 2 – Ranvet R78 Handicap (1200m)
Grey Street is a talented mare which was narrowly beaten at Mophettville last start. The John McArdle-trained four-year-old has form at this level with a third placing at Caulfield in April and it ran third behind Super Cash in a rating 90 mares race in late September. That form should be strong here and although it rises right up in the weights, the inside draw helps and this field is much easier.
Florelle has finished second behind two nice types in rating 78 grade this preparation. The five-year-old ran second to Demonstrate at Pakenham fresh up before running Camdus to within a neck at Moe last start. That form would stand up in a Saturday-graded race and it is a past winner at Moonee Valley. The apprentice claim only helps its chances and we expect punters will back it late.
We’re prepared to forgive Cheeky Babe for being beaten as a $1.35 chance at Warrnambool last start. The Darren Weir-trained mare is a winner of two from nine starts and it should have accounted for its opposition last start, but it has drawn better here and it drops down in weight via the apprentice claim of Michael Dee. It clearly owns talent and is too good to leave out.
Leg 2 tips: 1, 2, 8
Leg 3 – Ellar Classic R64 Handicap (1200m)
Terindah is making the back up after racing at Moonee Valley last week where it finished fifth behind Conchita. It drops in class for this it has shown good form in a light career to date. It ran fourth on debut in the Debutante Stakes behind Missrock and its maiden win came by five lengths. That should be good enough to figure in the finish here.
Run Gypsy Run may have only won its debut at Wangaratta, but it won by two lengths and it’s trained by Mick Price. Price is training very well at the moment, in particular his youngsters, and there’s no reason the daughter of Fastnet Rock can’t step up to this level. Odds could be appealing.
Mandee rebounded from a poor effort on debut to score by 2.25 lengths at Pakenham last start. The Ciaron Maher-trained filly finished last behind Extreme Choice in the Chairman’s Stakes in February, but with more time under its belt, it was able to score at odds of $1.70 last start. Drawing the inside barrier is ideal and it looks the horse to beat.
Leg 3 tips: 4, 7, 9
Leg 4 – Smartline R70 Handicap (2040m)
Charlevoix is a stayer which needed more ground than the 1400m it ran over last start. The Michael Kent-trained horse finished 12th, but its best form has come over the longer distances which includes a win in the Galilee Final and a fourth placing in the Alister Clark on this track. Tough carrying 62kg here, but it has the class edge so watch for it late.
Roldana has improved significantly over its last two starts and it defeated subsequent winner Anaheim two back at Mornington. Anaheim is running in the Group 1 Victoria Derby on Saturday so that form looks great for this and it was able to follow that up with another win at Stawell. Dropping right down in weight is ideal and it could go under the radar of bookmakers.
My Naughty Hoaks comes into this having won three of its last four starts. The five-year-old has relished the softer track conditions this spring and the track is expected to be dry, but the confidence is up and it will get every chance from the inside barrier. Worth including at each way odds.
Leg 4 tips: 1, 10, 12