Moonee Valley review from Rick Williams
Race 1. 1200M Italian Sports Club of Werribee Plate ATLANTIC JEWEL MICHAEL RODD 1st $4.60EF SHARNEE ROSE NICHOLAS HALL 2nd $11 FLORETS CRAIG WILLIAMS 3rd $13 Like last week Kavanagh produced another very impressive winner with Atlantic Jewel. She was coming off a maiden win at Geelong and was able to handle this field like they were all maidens. She settled towards the tail of the field and rounding the turn she was allowed to start rounding them up and did so with absolute ease before being given a bit more and she won very easily and hard held. Her sectionals were excellent and she looks a very promising filly. Sharnee Rose did well running on into second and she has a race in her very soon. Florets did well for her first up run also. Worth noting: Atlantic Jewel last 600m in 33.93 was significantly better than any other runner. Better races for her. Race 2. 1500M Chandler Macleod Handicap WHISPER DOWNS DWAYNE DUNN 1st $10 ZABEELIONAIRE STEPHEN BASTER 2nd $15 COSTLY COMMITMENT CRAIG NEWITT 3rd $9 The money was on here with the O’Brien trained The New Boy which forced the Cummings runner and early favourite Do You Think out and there wasn’t much between them in betting. Both jumped really well and box seated throughout and it looked as if they would be the ones fighting it out. However it was pretty evident when rounding the turn that they were both gone and they didn’t give a yelp and were easily the most disappointing runners of the day. Hayes ended up with the winner Whisper Downs and Zabeelionaire who was pretty good first start ran on well for second. Worth noting: Not sure what to make out of this race. The favourites will probably run better at Flemington so willing to forgive. Race 3. 2500M Curran Chemicals Handicap TANBY NICHOLAS HALL 1st $2.50F DANCE WITH HER DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $8 BUZZWIN MICHAEL RODD 3rd $9 Tanby broke through for another win here and he did so really well. He was able to relax just in behind the leaders and when he was asked for his effort he was up for the challenge and kicked away in the straight to register an impressive win. He was able to register 23.89 for his final 400m which was lengths better than the rest. He is a nice progressive type and he looks on that performance to have more wins in him sooner rather than later. Dance With Her was tough again but was unable to match it with Tanby. She has been up for a while now and must be looking for the paddock. Pay to forgive Swooper who got too far back and was up 900m. Much better than that run. Worth noting: Swooper will improve significantly from that run and can be forgiven. Race 4. 1200M AJS Corporation Handicap IRISH DREAM LUKE NOLEN 1st $4.80 RUE MAPLE MICHELLE PAYNE 2nd $4.40 BEL SHOES DEAN YENDALL 3rd $10 Irish Dream probably should have won here last start and got the money here narrowly over the ever consistent Rue Maple who just keeps running into a better one on the day. Thought the ride of Luke Nolen won the race for Irish Dream. He worked it out really well and after box seating in behind them throughout he was able to angle out off of the rails and as we have seen her do before she let down really well and won by a narrow margin. Rue Maple must be frustrating connections and she has been up for a long time now, interesting to see what they do with her. Miss Bindi and Annlea both found themselves too far back and despite not running a placing they ran as good as they could have. Worth noting: Not much to note here. Wouldn’t be in a hurry to back Rue Maple as she must be tapering off and her challengers will be on the up. Race 5. 1600M Spotless Handicap CARNERO LUKE CURRIE 1st $11 EXTRA ZERO CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $12 ISHANT LUKE NOLEN 3rd $7.50 Carnero finally broke through for a long awaited win. He was a handy 3yo who has a layoff with injury and his win here was tough. He jumped well, led them up and just kept fighting to the line and won well. The runners that were 2/3/4 on the turn all faded and were unable to continue with there efforts. Thought Extra Zero ran well but he does seem to like racing at the Valley. He has been a costly horse and I would rather see him back it up again before he gets my money. Ishant hit the line well as did the promising stayer Anundjawan who was the only horse to break 24 seconds for his final 400m. Worth noting: Anundjawun is flying and he will be winning very soon once he gets out to over 1800m+. Race 6. 1000M Mitty’s McEwen Stakes BUFFERING DAMIAN BROWNE 1st $8.50 CRYSTAL LILY CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $3.40 ATOMIC FORCE DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $7.50 Thought Buffering was excellent here and he has improved enough from his 3yo year to suggest that he is in for a good Spring. He jumped and ran, kicked on the turn and was able to just hold off the fast finishers. Crystal Lily sat outside him and thought she was excellent also. She just can’t seem to win at the moment but she is very close. Atomic Force settled back from the wide gate and absolutely motored home. His sectionals were really good and he can still be followed with confidence. Kulgrinda was good to and she didn’t have the best of luck and found herself in a bumping duel rounding the turn. Picked herself up well after that. Worth noting: Ex Hong Komg runner Happy Zero worked home well at his Aussie debut. Bigger track will suit. Race 7. 1600M Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes REKINDLED INTEREST DWAYNE DUNN 1st $7 ALCOPOP DOM TOURNEUR 2nd $15 WHOBEGOTYOU DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $1.65F Rekindled Interest arrived here, thought his win was excellent. He was able to camp off of them towards the tail and ran a 23.98 last 400m to win quite comfortably from the fast finishing Alcopop who looks to be ticking over very nicely. Some excuses around for Whobegotyou but I can’t find any for him. Moonee Valley and 1600m was his bread and butter and I don’t subscribe to Olivers comments about not being able to get him to the outside. Unusual Suspect the ex USA horse held on well for fourth. Worth noting: Linton never got a crack at them in the straight. Rekindled Interest will keep getting better over more ground. Race 8. 1600M Spotless Stocks Stakes KING’S ROSE LUKE NOLEN 1st $2.70F PINKER PINKER DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $3.60 LADY LYNETTE NICHOLAS HALL 3rd $7 King’s Rose was able to hold on here after it looked like Pinker Pinker was going to nail her. Once Pinker Pinker loomed up to her she was able to just find a little more and she dug really deep for an excellent win. She was only second up and will again derive huge benefit from that run and the stable has indicated that they will push onto the Cox Plate where I think she can be very competitive. Pinker Pinker is flying this prep but she has had one more run under her belt. She is a very honest mare who will always give her best. Lady Lynette was probably a little unlucky as she was unable to get a real crack at them. Worth noting: King’s Rose and Pinker Pinker look really tough and classy mares and can be followed with confidence. Race 9. 1200M Become a MVRC Member Handicap WOORIM DAMIAN BROWNE 1st $6 BLACKIE DEAN YENDALL 2nd $8 STANZOUT DANNY NIKOLIC 3rd $14 Woorim was outstanding here and this was one of the best wins of the day. He got back as he does and was really powerful to the line with the big weight. His sectional times were some of the best of the day and there is no doubt that he will be very hard to beat in much better races than this. The harder the track the better his hopes though as he isn’t too fond of soft tracks. Blackie was well backed and he hit the line really well to run second. He looks clearly above average but unsure where he fits in. Certainly needs to be followed his next couple over 1400/1600 in suitable races. Worth noting: First two here are pretty good.
Follow: Woorim, Blackie, Pinker Pinker, King’s Rose, Anundjawun, Rekindled Interest