Moonee Valley review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1. 1000M Sportingbet Handicap ISABELLA SNOWFLAKE CHAD SCHOFIELD 1st $2.80F GENTEEL THOMAS SADLER 2nd $3.90 MONOGAMY RYAN MALONEY 3rd $31
The Shamal Wind form held very strong here with Isabella Snowflake winning well. She defied the betting drift and kicked away strongly on the turn to win well. Genteel chased but she was no match, she didn’t look comfortable a fair way from home but kept grinding. Hard Romp and Hyperventialte can probably win easier. Worth noting: The winner keeps improving, keep following.
Race 2. 3000M The Art Series Hotel Handicap YOU THINK SO(NZ) BRAD RAWILLER 1st $4F YUKA JOY DARREN GAUCI 2nd $8.50 ALTONIO(NZ) STEVEN KING 3rd $8.50
Looked a poor betting race and the market was pretty even with money for most runners at some stage. You Think So looked the winner a long way out but he just needed luck. At one stage it looked like he would struggle but the run came. Yuka Joy continued her good form. Most of these can be followed at night meetings and provincial staying races.Worth noting: Altoniolooks ready
Race 3. 1200M LF Sign Group Handicap SEASIDE VLAD DURIC 1st $4 BURNDINIBURN RYAN MALONEY 2nd $16 CITY HALL THOMAS SADLER 3rd $6
Money here for some up and comers through teh bush but Hot Fever failed, City Hall did well though and to finish ahead of Kolonga and Potiche and place beind Seaside suggests he can be followed with confidence in suitable next time. Seaside did well, just had too much class for them and can keep winning.
Worth noting: Follow Seasideand City Hall Race 4. 1000M City Jeep Handicap
KULGRINDA LUKE NOLEN 1st $4.20 ALPHA PROXIMA JAMIE MOTT 2nd $7.50 GALBRAITH PETER MERTENS 3rd $10
The gates went off early and that forced the scratching of Winter King and waltzes. Kulgrinda landed into a great spot and was just a little too good for them. She showed over her last 200 at Flem that she was serious again.Alpha Proxima has continued each prep, he sprints well but i would love to see him over 1400 with as it, he would smash them. Galbraith ran well (always does) and Bigelow ran on well, i he needs more ground
Worth noting: No stars here but Alpha Proximacan win a few over the summer Race 5. 2040M Programmed Property Services Handicap COMMANDING TIME BRAD RAWILLER 1st $7 I FEEL GOOD CORY PARISH 2nd $11 SHIHABI JAKE DUFFY 3rd $5.50
Commanding Time kept his form going with a very strong win. This horse just keeps giving and his performance was excellent. Shihabi was riddes too far back and kept running into trouble, it was disappointing not to see her in a more prominent spot. Lucriepous had no luck either, he is going well and will be better suited on a big track
Worth noting: Follow Shihabiwho can go back to mares and Lucripetous on a big track with speed Race 6. 1600M Tony Beddison Cup LORD OF BRAZIL(NZ) BRAD RAWILLER 1st $6 MOURO(USA) MATTHEW NEILSON 2nd $2.80F SPACECRAFT CHAD SCHOFIELD 3rd $9
Lord Of Brazil did it again. They gave him 59.5kg after his last win but that wasn’t enough to stop him. The horse would run through a brick wall at the moment. Mouro was well backed and he needs more ground, i wasn’t sure about him at first but he is very good. Spacecraft ran along and held on for third so the rest were ordinary, except for Chasse who looks like he will be winning at 1800+ this prep.
Worth noting: Follow Mouroover longer and Chasse over longer Race 7. 1600M Printhouse Handicap SECRET LIAISON DAMIAN LANE 1st $19 KOE(NZ) LINDA MEECH 2nd $31 CHAMPAGNE RUBY JAMIE MOTT 3rd $5
Secret Liason found her best for and won well. She had doen absolutely nothing for a year but showede up today and got the money. If you were on Champage Ruby you were stiff, she went from being handy to third last on the turn (short straight) and did well to get so close. Aliyana was poorly ridden on the speed but may have wanted to run with the blinkers. Koe continues to improve.
Worth noting: They went hard here, forgive the on pacers. Dont take too short of a price on ‘unlucky’ runners next start Race 8. 1200M Christmas at the Valley Handicap LOUISVILLE DANCER NICHOLAS HALL 1st $8.50 AND ROCK CHAD SCHOFIELD 2nd $20 CITY OF SONG DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $6
Louisville Dancer got the job done, we were waiting for 1400 and a bigger track for her but missed out($11.50)!! That aside she should go to 1400 and still be hard top beat next time but the price will be smaller. They came for City Of Song, she is very good and can be followed going forward also.Worth noting: Follow Louisville Dancer and City Of Song
Turn Seventeen missed the start in the first, where as Crazyonyou went quickly from out wide to head off Certitude. Certitude quickly came off the fence, to put itself in a position where it was controlling the race. In the straight, Certitude took a bit of winding up, but in the end was clearly superior and went on to win well. The first two home were the first two favourites, but both drifted in betting.
Follow: None to follow Race 2
1st Golden Sunshine Peter Robl 2nd Slippery Moss Blake Shinn 3rd Long Lasting Chris Reith
A very even line out in the second event, with Golden Sunshine kicking up to lead from The Broken Shore at a genuineyou’lpace. As she did last time, Golden Sunshine traveled well in front around the bend and pretty much had them beaten early in the straight. Grand Business and Texan Lad tried to put in runs down the outside but to no avail. Late in the piece Slippery Moss made quite good ground after it was unable to keep up early. The Broken Shore dropped right out in the run to the line, so something must be amiss. Golden Sunshine was another betting drifter but it didn’t stop it winning.
Follow: Slippery Moss Race 3
1st Cantonese Jenny Duggan 2nd Moriarty Alysha Collett 3rd Iggi Pop James McDonald
2000m for the third event, and Cantonese found the early lead, but was taken on by L’Esprit which went to the front and looked to go a bit hard in front. Cantonese sat outside the leader with 800m to go, and by the time they came to the home turn, Cantonese had gone to the front under a grip. It’s main danger in betting, Soros, had tracked it up but was quickly under the whip and it was left to Moriarty to chase Cantonese that was going well in front. Cantonese was well backed late, won well, and can continue to win races like this. Iggi Pop made some ground in the straight to finish third but I have a feeling it’s that kind of horse.
Follow: Cantonese Race 4
1st Sastruga Josh Parr 2nd Berrimilla Jim Cassidy 3rd Zauberflote Blake Shinn
Sastruga was $4.8 at top fluc but into $3.4 at the jump and led them up in this event, from Dark Brown Sugar. They put a gap on the rest of the field early, which was headed up by Oh My Papa. In what I thought was a fairly strange race, Sastruga somehow managed to just keep fighting them off in the straight and get a narrow victory. The runs of Zauberflote and Berrimilla were full of merit, being the ones to make most ground in the straight.Rose Of Scotland also made pretty good ground from the back, whilst Dark Brown Sugar was disappointing.
Follow: Berrimilla, Zauberflote Race 5
1st Specific Choice Hugh Bowman 2nd Tigress Baby Glyn Schofield 3rd Chez Harmony Jason Collett
Specific Choice found good support in early betting for this race and used its early speed to find a fairly easy lead, from Recoinage and Party Rocker, which was three wide. Red Excitement had a pretty good run in transit on the fence in fourth. Before the turn Specific Choice was rolling and had a number of them off the bit. Hugh Bowman went for the persuader just before the 200m mark and it was all over, another leader home at Rosehill. Tigress Baby attacked the line very well to cut the margin down late and should be followed.
Follow: Tigress Baby Race 6 1st Classics Chris Reith 2nd Tromso Hugh Bowman 3rd Samui Lad Tommy Berry
Tromso came out best in this, but Samui Lad went through to lead and Riomoral moved up to be on its outside. As a result, Tromso and Winning Glory got good runs behind the speed in third and fourth. At the furlong they were spread across the track, where Tromso claimed the lead, but Classics which had been just off the pace, really wanted the win (or Tromso didn’t), and got there narrowly on the line.
Follow: None to follow Race 7 1st Travolta Tommy Berry 2nd Keith’s Legacy Hugh Bowman 3rd River Of Salvation Sam Clipperton
Reporations missed the start about two lengths here. Whisperossa was ridden with intent to lead, but was taken on by Travolta and Lohengrin that couldn’t get in. They stayed in this order until the shadows of the post where both Travolta and River Of Salvation came at the two leaders, with Travolta narrowly getting the win. Keith’s Legacy was another to finish the race off well in a very busy finish. I liked the run of Whisperossa who I think is better ridden of the speed, but never gave up here in front and very nearly held on to win.
Follow: Whisperossa Race 8
1st Pentasia Jenny Duggan 2nd Excellent Point Tommy Berry 3rd Testarhythm
Pentasia has been oh so consistent of late, and made it another Roeshill leader to win. She was another that was well backed on the day and went to the front early from Mighty Obvious and set up a clear lead. Before the turn she had cleared out and essentially it was catch me if you can, and they couldn’t, despite Excellent Pointdoing an excellent job of chasing Pentasia all the way to the line. Mecir was another that didn’t shirk the task in the run to the line and can still be followed.
Follow: Excellent Point Specials From The Meeting: Cantonese, Berrimilla, Whisperossa