Moir Stakes
Moir Stakes 2021: Pro punter preview

Pro punter Trevor Lawson gives us his thoughts on the 2021 Moir Stakes.

TREKKING ran okay first-up behind Nature Strip in Sydney. Ran second in this race last year behind Pippie when resuming. Needs a clear run in the straight.

WILD RULER ran second behind Nature Strip in the same race. Will race handy, has some claims

THE INFERNO improved last startoff his well-beaten first-up run at this track and distance, unleashing a big finish. This is a different class, but he certainly has some claims.

PORTLAND SKY was beaten on it’s merits by The Inferno. Will strip fitter here.

SEPTEMBER RUN had no luck when resuming in The Inferno’s race, but flashed home with similar sectionals to the winner. The inside draw is a concern. Her best ratings are at Flemington down the straight.

SWATS THAT resumed with a good third in the Lightning Stakes last prep before her form tapered off. She’s run well here in the past. Will be steaming home.

BROOKLYN HUSTLE is a backmarker with a big finish. She’ll need the speed on here and would need the bias in her favour.

BALLISTIC LOVER put in an honest effort last start at this track and distance. That sort of performance here gives her a rough chance.

MISS ALBANIA missed the start in The Inferno’s race before running home okay. Her best form is up on the pace. The wide draw is a concern. She’s an outsider here.

SHAQUERO resumes here from two-year-old days. Don’t think he has the class.

PROFITEER is a former boom two-year-old. He won his first two starts rating highly and was narrowly beaten by Anamoe in lead-up to the Slipper. Goes well and entitled to be favourite.

The tricky thing about this race is the favourite, Profiteer. It’s rightfully the favourite but gun two-year-olds resuming as three-year-olds are hard to assess. Why were they such good two-year-olds? Were they better developed physically and thus had an edge on their age group, or were they genuinely just better horses? It can pay to wait and see how they perform as a three-year-old, and you really need to do that before you can assess them properly.

I’ve got him favourite from Wild Ruler and The Inferno, with the rest in double figures. But I’ve got the field $6, so it’s an open race for mine.

Moir Stakes

The Moir Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age sprint over 1000 metres, run at Moonee Valley Racecourse during the Spring Carnival. The race is named after Alan Moir, a former chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club. Current prizemoney is $1 million

The Moir Stakes was first run in 1976, the year after Alan Moir stepped down from the MVRC chairmanship, and the race gained Group 1 status in 2013. It’s the first Group 1 sprint of the Australian racing season, and is currently held on the opening night of the Moonee Valley Friday night racing season each year. It’s followed later in the spring by other Group 1 sprints in the Manikato Stakes and VRC Sprint Classic, as well as The Everest in Sydney.

Some of Australia’s greatest sprinters in recent decades have won the Moir Stakes, including Manikato, Schillaci, Miss Andretti, Apache Cat, Black Caviar, Buffering and Nature Strip.

Moir Stakes

Moonee Valley Racecourse, 1000m
Group 1 weight-for-age

Moir Stakes 2020
Finish Horse Jockey Trainer Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 Pippie Damian Lane John & Chris Meagher 58.39 4 56.5 $6.50
2 Trekking John Allen James Cummings 0.75 2 58.5 $8
3 Bella Vella Jamie Kah Will Clarken 0.95 1 56.5 $7


Moir Stakes: past winners

2020 Pippie
 Nature Strip
2018 Viddora
2017 She Will Reign
2016 Extreme Choice
2015 Buffering
2014 Buffering
2013 Samaready
2012 Buffering
2011 Black Caviar
2010 Black Caviar

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