Moonee Valley compiled by Rick Williams Race 1. 2040M Handicap THERE’S ONLY ONE        LUKE NOLEN              1st $1.90F DANCE WITH HER           DWAYNE DUNN         2nd $2.40 KIRRIBILLI GOLD           MICHAEL WALKER   3rd $21 Betting suggested that this was a two horse race and the betting was spot on. In a fairly uneventful race it was Dance With Her that box seated and made the first move when Dunn asked her to go before the turn. She got going well but by the turn she started and grinding and There’s Only One was able to get a run and level up on the turn. The Moody mare sprinted well and kept her momentum going to the line to win well. Worth noting: Both these mares look to be at the end of their campaigns and we need to tread carefully if they run again soon. Race 2. 1200M Down Syndrome VIC Sprint ZAIRA                    DWAYNE DUNN       1st $10 MUSHATTA         MICHAEL RODD       2nd $3F STATE GRADE    CHRIS SYMONS        3rd $4.80 The Kavanagh trained Mushatta was backed heavily here and was unable to get the job done for punters who jumped in. His run was still pretty good although however and although his two wins have come over 1200m previously he should be well suited over 1400m next start. State Grade continued his run of solid form but fell short again. He is another who may be looking for the 1400m now. Zaira was impressive in winning and stacked them up and was then able to sprint well and register the best last 400m in 23.84. She looks to be a pretty progressive type and is another who is well worth keeping an eye her next few runs. Worth noting: Delayedreaction hit the line well after a first up flop. Zelsnitz (Moody) and Sir Hallowell (Price) were disappointing. Race 3. 1200M Dr. Sheahan Plate BOOKLET                          DWAYNE DUNN      1st $13 IRISH DREAM                LUKE NOLEN            2nd $2.60F BEL SHOES                       STEVEN KING           3rd $16 Thought there were three excellent runs here and they were Booklet, Irish Dream and Shylight. Booklet who was the winner was able to sit off the main group and burst through late for a very impressive return to racing. She has obviously improved since her 3yo campaign and the stable are pretty upbeat about her heading forward. Irish Dream is a Moody runner who he has got lots of improvement out of since getting her down from QLD. She was heavily backed and had she drawn a decent barrier she would have won. Shylight just found herself too far back in the run and she really hit the line well. Her form as a 3yo was very good and her return yesterday tells me she is in for a good campaign. Worth noting: Booklet and Shylight were both at the tail of the field and Booklet got the run. Booklet was one of the only runners all day to come from the back and defy the pattern that favoured on pace runners. Race 4. 2500M SAJ Catercare Group Handicap COUNTCOOL                       LUKE NOLEN                  1st $16 GEEJAYHAITCH              JORDAN MALLYON      2nd $6 CRABS                                   JACK HILL                        3rd $6.50 Countcool was just too tough for them here and was the better stayer on the day. He was coming off four consecutive provincial runs and they were all on wet tracks. It was a well-timed ride by Nolen but I’m not sure how genuine the form will be here. Geejayhaitch has been up for an eternity now and I thought his run was good but unsure how many more good runs he has left. Crabs got motoring late but was unable to get there in the end. Savaging was very disappointing and The Tiger fought on well. Worth noting: The form from this race doesn’t look like it will hold up. Race 5. 1200M Adapt Australia Crockett Stakes KNEELING                           MICHAEL RODD    1st $5 HALLOWELL BELLE        LUKE NOLEN         2nd $2F CLASSIC ELLE                    MARK ZAHRA       3rd $16 We were able to see a couple of very handy fillies here in Kneeling and Hallowell Belle. Kneeling has returned in very good fashion and looked a treat. She did however get the gun run in behind the leaders and was able to peel off the back of them and win by half a head. She is only going to get better as she gets over more ground and looks high class. Hallowell Belle was super on Saturday. She used up her petrol tickets early when she got across from a wide gate, raced outside of the leader and was just nailed late. Worth noting: First and second are certainly worth following and look like they will be winning more races throughout the Spring. Race 6. 1200M Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes AMAH ROCK                  DANNY NIKOLIC               1st  $6.50 HOT SPIN                        ANDREW MALLYON         2nd  $10 SECRET HILLS              CRAIG NEWITT                    3rd  $4.60F Peter Morgan sent around Amah Rock here and he didn’t disappoint. The son of Fastnet Rock was coming off an Echuca maiden and was at just his second start. He put away a pretty handy field here and he will only improve heading forward. Hot Spin has been racing really well and into the straight it looked like he was going to make it three in a row but was unable to keep going. Secret Hills raced on the pace and fought on pretty well but it was the winner Amah Rock that was the stand out. Worth noting: Hayes runner Dontmentionthewar ran on very well from the tail after getting back from a poor draw. Race 7. 1000M Printhouse Graphics Stakes KULGRINDA                    LUKE NOLEN   1st $1.70F HAPPY ANGEL               CRAIG NEWITT   2nd $21 MORGAN DOLLAR        CHRIS SYMONS   3rd $21 Kulgrinda was the most impressive winner of the day and showed that she has improved a long way between campaigns. It was mentioned after the race that the stable thought she was one of the best they had but has taken longer to mature. She jumped and was in a lovely spot in the run behind the leader Definitely Ready and was able to get off his heels and really sprint hard to win comfortably. Happy Angel ran into second and she is flying this campaign and is as close to a win as you can possibly get. Worth noting: Definitely Ready suffered from a breathing problem and failed to finish off. Between soundness issues and this issue he is hard to follow as we never know what we are going to get.. Race 8. 1523M Chandler Macleod Handicap PHILDA                            ADAM MCCABE    1st $10 DECEMBER DRAW       MICHAEL RODD   2nd $2.15F ISHANT                           LUKE NOLEN     3rd $8 Yet another race that was dominated by on pace runners and it was the emerging King of Moonee Valley Philda that got the money. The Kent trained 7yo was well ridden by your McCabe who was able to get across from a wide barrier and lead throughout. It was evident just before the turn that December Draw wasn’t going to find as much as many thought he would here first up and although he fought on he was unable to get past Philda. That was Philda’s 5th win at Moonee Valley from 9 starts. Thought the third horse Ishant did another good job to run on well for third. He was second up and is a winner over 2100m. He is no world beater but he is certainly worth following in the lesser staying races during the Spring. Follow: Zaira, Mushatta, Booklet, Irish Dream, Shylight, Amah Rock, Dontmentionthewar, Kulgrinda, Happy Angel. —————————————————————————————— Warwick Farm review completed by Todd Burmester Track: Heavy 9 Race 1 Prior to the race I thought the market may have had it wrong with Alvitas starting favourite over Sienna Red, and that ended up being the case. Sienna Red had won last start, and always travelled well in this race. In the straight it took a little while to wind up but went on for a comprehensive win, suggesting it will run further. Alvitas on the other hand missed the start and wasn’t really in it from there. Othello led again, but perhaps wet ground is not really its game. Daytona Beach was the other who travelled well in the run, and did its best in the straight but in the end was no match for the winner. Race 2 Fieldmaster missed the start 5 or 6 lengths in this race, and that was always going to make its job tough. Our Barney and Aruriteson ensured a good pace. Realistically both went too quick but Our Barney ran very well to keep going for second, he’s the one to follow based on this run. Essence Of Success enjoyed the run of the race but surprised me by running out 2200m when I thought it didn’t un 2000m last start. Maybe it likes the genuine Heavy. Race 3 No replay available Race 4 Winter King was the one I was keen on here, mainly due to the fact he races on the pace and is so consistent. He led here, and tried hard, but Skytrain had his measure despite the fact he did rally late. Skytrain has always been a horse with ability and got the race run to suit here for a decent win. He has scope to go on with it and is the one to follow. Neeson was the one I was prepared to lay, being second up, and although he briefly hit the front, he was never really going to win this race, but should be reaching peak fitness now. Race 5 This race is called The Up And Coming, and you would have to say that about the winner. Manawanui showed a great turn of foot to win by a good margin. The only thing I want to see him do now is the same thing on a completely dry track, in order to label him a very good horse. Double Ranga was the one I liked but she ran a shocker. Maybe it was the very wet ground? I like to forgive horses one bad run, so don’t give up on her just yet. Queenian ran second and was easily the best run behind the winner, he kept fighting on for second. Detours was facing a pretty sharp class rise, and still ran well. Kutcha was beaten 100 yards, obviously doesn’t handle the wet. Race 6 Pinwheel got the money here, and I reckon is a very under rated horse. 10 wins from 24 starts basically proves that, and he has been given time to reach his best by Snowden. I think he could go on with an even better race now. Ilovethiscity has immense ability and can beat good horses on his day. He is always better second up, and being first up here on the very wet ground didn’t help. Follow him. Black Pirhana is a duel Stradbroke winner whose class took him into 3rd here after being well back early. In all honesty though, as an 8yo, I do think his best is probably behind him in terms of the big races coming up in the Spring. Race 7 I think Streama is the horse with the most scope out of this race. On a very wet track, I liked the look of the very last bit of this horses race. It was first up and was doing its best work in the last 50m, that’s a good sign for mine. Pane In The Glass has a good finishing sprint and basically seems to handle all types of going, and those two factors got it home here. You can expect a good run in whatever it goes around in. Florentina was the least experienced of this field but ran very well and should continue to do so. Al’s Magic Miss is probably best suited over 1100m, or if at 1200m, a slightly lesser grade. This run was very good for something slightly easier or shorter, or both. Race 8 Here’s the horse I am very excited about from a Spring point of view. Secret Admirer. To win The Flight Stakes in its first campaign proved she is special, and to make up as much ground as it did in this race on a heavy track and chasing Red Tracer – look out Epsom Handicap, Cox Plate etc. I think she’s that good. Red Tracer who won the race is obviously no slouch. The turn of foot between the 300m and 200m was impressive and that is ultimately what won her the race. She’s in the right stable to be placed to win races. Jerazana got a mile back and came too wide on the bend, which saw her peak on her run 100m out, but was still a good run. She’s A Rock Star has been a massive Winter improver and look out if you find her in an easier race. Specials from the meeting: Sienna Red Pinwheel Skytrain Ilovethiscity Streama Al’s Magic Miss Secret Admirer