Runners to watch: Moonee Valley, June 3rd

Ray Hickson's race reviews, notes and blackbookers from Saturday's Melbourne metro meeting at Moonee Valley.

Race reviews: Moonee Valley, June 3rd

Race 1: Dominant Cleaning Solutions (1200m)

Behave (2nd): settled worse than midfield and when the sprint went on she took 100m to pick up but once she did she closed the race off strongly to go under by a very small margin. First-up and looks a promising type.

Note – race fitness and an ability to be close to the pace saw Wanted Diva scramble home over the fast-finishing Behave. Third placed Wired sat three deep without cover throughout and boxed on to hold the minor money.

Race 2: Dominant Clean Handicap (1200m)

Note – a drop in grade and a nice ride saw Whistle Baby back in the winner’s stall, she rounded them up on the turn and safely held an improved Telopea with a small gap to Foreign Affair an honest third.

Race 3: Cafetto Handicap (1000m)

Note – plenty of speed and a nice trail in running allowed Ability to sprint home over the top of them first-up as a gelding in an impressive win. The roughie Orujo worried leader Core Breach out of second but they were no match for the winner’s finishing burst.

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Race 4: Adapt Australia Handicap (1600m)

Note – a much more patient ride brought the best out in the handy Greviste who sat back last, gradually tracked into it then let down with a nice turn of foot. The Passage carted the winner up and battled on well while the outsider A Moving Place hit the front on the turn and stayed on for a place.

Race 5: Cafetto Coffee Clean (1600m)

Coldstone (3rd): forced to race three wide without cover just off the speed and was left a sitting shot as he hit the front 300m out. Fought on well but had no answer after doing all the work.Due for a change of luck.

Note – a massive form reversal from Magic Consol, beaten 22 lengths at Mount Gambier second-up, who tracked the winner in the second half and pounced. Handy on his day but still a head scratching turnaround. Cosmic Lights poked through underneath Coldstone to snatch second.

Race 6: Benchmark 84 Handicap (1500m)

Note – the theory that the fence wasn’t any good came unstuck here as Violent Snow, who was last on the turn, stole all the ground on the fence and sprinted through to upset them in a blanket finish. Lopartega stuck the nose out for second ahead of the fast finishing Every Faith and Hot Ruby close up.

Race 7: WT Partnership Handicap (1200m)

Leodoro (3rd): first run for six weeks and he proved himself right up to this level with a fast-finishing effort and he possibly should have gone close after having to change course in the straight. Either way he can break through soon.

Note – Top win by Camdus who was shuffled back between horses midrace but then tracked up strongly to the turn. Once into the clear he wound up to run down Chase The Horizon, who went ahead of him as they bunched, before Leodoro charged late to just miss second.

Race 8: Essendon Nissan Handicap (2040m)

Note – after a second-up flop Gallic Chieftain produced his best, though the Valley is probably not his best track, rounding them up and proving too strong for the bolter Rose Of Virginia in a much improved effort and Hursley in third after being held up midway down the straight.

Race 9: Dominant Handicap (1200m)

Mystified (7th): well back coming to the turn and swung to the extreme outside. Plenty to like about the way she finished his race off wide on the track and she can measure up in Melbourne this prep or go back home to Adelaide and win.

Note – the breaks went the way of Katsuro this time. After being slow out she continued to improve along the fence, taking a split between the leaders Liberty Song and Benz and arriving right on the line to beat Benz.

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