|Moonee Valley Races
|Moonee Valley Racecourse – 1 McPherson St, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
|Friday, November 17, 2023
Friday night racing returns to Moonee Valley to kick off a bumper weekend in Melbourne, with nine races set down for decision. A perfect spring night is forecast for The Valley, with the track rated a Good 4 and the rail coming out 7m the entire circuit. Racing under lights gets underway at 5:45pm AEDT.
Best Bet at Moonee Valley: Awash
Awash has strung together two smart victories heading into this 1600m BM64 at The Valley. The Merchant Navy gelding won his maiden at Pakenham two runs back when settling on speed and sprinting clear late. His win at Swan Hill last time out was just as impressive, wearing down the leader in a race that was dominated by on-pace runners. Celine Gaudray claiming 2kg means Awash gets in perfectly at the weights with 59kg on his back, dropping 3kg from his last start. With speed drawn out wide, this guy should gain a perfect run in transit and prove too good again.
Race 5 –
4yo Gelding | T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace | J: Celine Gaudray (a2) (61kg)
Next Best at Moonee Valley: A Little Deep
A Little Deep returned from nearly a year off the track with a dominant 2.25-length victory at Moe on October 20. The four-year-old mare produced a strong turn of foot to win going away from her rivals, thus signalling her intent this campaign. She came from a midfield position at Moe to score, and from barrier three on Friday night, Carleen Hefel will look to do something similar. As always over the 1000m scamper, there is plenty of early speed engaged, and with even luck, A Little Deep can absorb that pressure and finish over the top.
Race 8 –
4yo Mare | T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace | J: Carleen Hefel (a1.5) (60.5kg)
Best Value at Moonee Valley: Lady Of Savoy
With a bit of luck, we can build our bank in the opener as Lady Of Savoy looks to break maiden ranks at start four. The three-year-old filly lost by a narrow margin at Mornington on November 5 but managed to put 2.25 lengths on the third horse. The daughter of Tivaci managed to take up the running that day over 1200m, and despite staying at the trip second-up, we’re confident Jamie Mott can find the rail from barrier 11. If Lady Of Savoy can do that, she is going to give us a great sight at an each-way price with horse racing bookmakers.
Race 1 –
3yo Filly | T: Matt Laurie | J: Jamie Mott (56kg)
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Friday, November 17, 2023