Runners to watch: Moonee Valley, June 17th

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

Race reviews: Moonee Valley, June 17th

Race 1: Friends of Epworth Handicap (1200m)

Note – major upset with Pure Emotion and the bolter Magic Mila dominating the race from on the speed. Pure Emotion just gained the upper hand late with Josephine Sea having a perfect run throughout but was unable to pick them up. Nothing made any significant ground.

Race 2: Bidfood Handicap (1000m)

Note – Coming off a Swan Hill maiden win, Unique Lovely produced a strong finish with the light weight from midfield to downMiss Vesper, giving a big sight after being softened up in the lead, and If Not Now When had her chance in third.

Race 3: Zouki Handicap (1000m)

Our Vidia (4th): nice return, she looked to be tracking into the race strongly before the turn then forced very wide as the leaders edged off the fence. Kept coming to narrowly miss a place. Doesn’t win out of turn but a solid first-up effort.

Note – Essence Of Terror got all the favours tracking the lead then gaining a saloon run through on the turn to hit the lead. She held Zara Bay, who followed her through, safely though the runner-up was outsprinted and Appalachian Annie held on for the minor money from on the pace.

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Race 4: Kane Constructions Handicap (1600m)

Beluga Blue (6th): gave away an impossible start and was still last at the 100m but she was only getting warm late in a very on-pace dominated race. Both Melbourne starts in the last 12 months have been at the Valley, like to see her at Caulfield or Flemington. She’s flying at the moment.

Note – An all the way win to outsider Stylish Miss, she looked a sitting shot on the turn when Mamzelle Tess joined her but she fought back gamely. Have Another Glass ran a patchy race and snatched third though she had her chance.

Race 5: GJK Facility Services Handicap (1200m)

Note – another on pacers event with Tasmanian Lord Da Vinci defying a drift to post an easy first-up win after sitting outside the lead. Camdus had the one-one and momentarily loomed up while Ruettiger from the box seat position battled on nicely for third.

Race 6: Epworth Medical Imaging Handicap (1200m)

Highland Beat (3rd): much improved performance at fourth run back, sat wide midfield and had to do all the work himself to improve and chase the leaders. Kept coming and might be ready to win on a fairer surface.

Note – Revolving Door returned to his best form as he gained the better of the leader Liberty Song in the closing stages. They dominated the race from the outset with Highland Beat’s effort in third a strong one.

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Race 7: Silver Thomas Hanley Plate (2040m)

Note – Black Tomahawk broke a run of outs stretching back 21 months and showed a massive improvement on his effort over the same course two weeks earlier to mow down the Kiwi galloper Megablast, who looked the winner, while Show A Star tried hard in a close third. All three came from off the pace.

Race 8: Travis Harrison Cup (1600m)

Killarney Kid (5th): looks just about ready to hit his best form after three runs back. Last on the turn and picked up good ground hitting the line with plenty of purpose just behind the placings. Once he strikes form he generally holds it.

Note – A rare win from Petrology who tagged into the race behind the favourite Data Point and set out after Magic Consol, who looked home and hosed, to nail him on the line. Data Point a solid enough third with every chance.

Race 9: Embassy Print Solutions (1200m)

Leodoro (10th): completely forget he went around, was tracking into the race well coming to the turn then for some reason was directed into a pocket instead of swinging to the outside (a run the runner-up took when he didn’t) and he went to the line untested.

Note – Catch That Cat enjoyed a nice run behind the speed and took an inside passage to take the lead and just held off the fast finishing Niminypiminy , who came from last, and Floral Fever very close up in third.

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