|What||Moonee Valley Races|
|Where||Moonee Valley Racing Club – 1 McPherson St, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039|
|When||Friday, Friday 18, 2022|
|First Race||6:15pm AEDT|
The Listed Torney Night Cup is the feature event on Friday night as Moonee Valley plays host to eight races. We have gone through the card and found a couple of best bets and free quaddie selections, with odds provided by leading online bookmakers. The track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is out 5m for the entire circuit, while racing kicks off at 6:15pm with a 2YO Fillies No Metro Wins Plate.
Torney Night Cup Top Tip – Daiqansweet Junior
The Listed Torney Night Cup over 2500m is the feature event of the night, and we anticipate the Phillip Stokes-trained Daiqansweet Junior will continue on his winning ways. The four-year-old bay gelding was seemingly aimed for the Launceston Cup after his last-start win over the track and distance on January 22, but he’s been saved and set for this. He has strung together four consecutive wins this campaign for a combined margin of just 0.5 lengths, which shows he has a real knack for winning. Despite drawing barrier 10 on Friday, he was always going to settle at the rear of the field and then make his way into the race 600m or so out from home. He has a nice turn of foot and will stay all day. Considering a lot of his rivals are struggling for form in easier company, everything points to a fifth-straight win for Daiqansweet Junior.
Moonee Valley Best Bet – Yulong Command
There is no hiding the fact that the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Yulong Command is a favourite of ours, and he managed to salute for us in a 1000m sprint at The Valley on January 22. He drops back to the 955m scamper in this and from barrier one looks to be the best bet of the night. In the small field of seven, apprentice Matthew Cartwright, who claims 2kg, can take up a forward position and use the perfect barrier to his advantage. Yulong Command may struggle to lead the field up with Sydneysider Capital Reign likely to be out in front, but Stakes-grade form puts him a class above this lot. Whether he leads or takes a sit off the speed, we expect the Written Tycoon gelding to be too good and make it a third win for this campaign.
Next Best Bet at Moonee Valley – Zerelle
In the opening leg of the quaddie, the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Zerelle has a good chance to bring up consecutive victories for the first time in his career. The three-year-old bay gelding was an impressive winner in a BM64 affair at Ballarat on February 8 and looks set for the step back into metropolitan class. Having been wound up steadily over 1400m, the Snitzel gelding steps up to the mile second-up from a spell. He gains the services of Nash Rawiller and will most likely roll forward from barrier 11 in a bid to gain cover in and around the first six upon settling. His one start at the mile was in the Caulfield Guineas, where he was simply outclassed, but considering he was thrown into a Group 1, the stable must have some opinion of him.
Moonee Valley Value Bet – Five Star Decanter
In the third leg of the quaddie, the Matt Laurie-trained Five Star Decanter is set to resume from a 10-month spell. We are under no illusions that he will only improve off this run, but what he showed in his debut campaign this time last year showed us he is a horse worth following when fit. He managed to win each of his first two starts, which were both over 1200m – the distance he returns at on Friday. He failed in harder races than this on rain-affected ground, but the fact he gets back to firmer going this time round suggests he may be a good bet at a price. Damian Lane will need a touch of luck early on in gaining cover, but if he gets that, then this son of Roc De Cambes has a strong enough turn of foot to take out a race like this.
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