Moir Stakes Tips & Preview 2022

Adam Cusworth Adam Cusworth
Moir Stakes Tips & Preview

Looking for Moir Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.


Paulele and Rothfire share favouritism at the $4.40 quote in markets with ladbrokes after the barrier draw ahead of Zoustyle at $7.50. The Maher/Eustace-trained galloper, Generation, is the other runner in single figures odds at the $8.50. 

The three-year-old from the same stable, Coolangatta, is at $10 ahead of the consistent mare, Bella Nipotina, at $12. September Run ($15), Extremely Lucky ($16), Isotope ($18) and The Inferno ($18) head the rest of the 12-horse field. 


The McEwen Stakes is one of the key races to look at and it was Rothfire that bounded clear in the concluding stages at Moonee Valley on September 9 to defeat Zoustyle and Coolangatta. The Inferno was 4th. 

Rothfire was resuming from a winter campaign that saw him produce some competitive performances in the major Brisbane sprints, including a 3rd in the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m). 

The Robert Heathcote-trained galloper produced a personal best to go 11.6 lengths faster than standard benchmark in the McEwen and might be back to his best after sustaining an injury in the 2020 Golden Rose (1400m). 

Zoustyle led in the McEwen and only went down late. Coolangatta settled handy and seemed to peak on her run in the last 100m. The Inferno produced the fastest last 400m in what was a solid return. 

Best last start benchmark figures belong to Bella Nipotina, who took out the Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on a Heavy track on August 20. The five-year-old went 12.7 lengths faster than standard that day to edge out Mileva. Extremely Lucky was 3rd in that race, producing the fastest last 200m

September Run is an interesting runner. She resumes and went 11.6 lengths faster than standard when 3rd in the Newmarket handicap (1200m) when fresh in the autumn before taking out the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley when second up. 

The Chris Waller-trained mare boasts the equal best benchmark figures that any horse in this race has produced in the past two years when going 14 lengths faster than standard at Flemington in 2020. 

Her last start came in the Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) when 5th behind Eleven Eleven. Paulele was runner-up in that race. He was a first up winner at his last preparation when taking out the Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. The four-year-old then went on to place in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) behind Nature Strip. He looks to be a tad unders at the quote for min. 

Generation is solid in the market and likes is at the Valley. He resumed with a runner-up effort at Caulfield behind Shooting For Gold and was 4th behind September Run in the William Reid. His peak figure of 13.3 lengths faster than standard came at Moonee Valley, albeit over the 1200m. Worth noting that he is one from one over the 1000m. 

Isotope and Malkovich are others in the field. Malkovich boasts the equal best figures that any horse in this race has produced in the past two years and was backed to beat Eduardo in the Concorde Stakes (1000m) when resuming but faded on the Heavy track. 

Isotope had excuses when 6th in the Cockram Stakes (1200m) when resuming but would need to be at her best to feature here. 



There looks to be a stack of early speed here with the likes of Generation, Malkovich, Rothfire and Zoustyle all possibilities of vying for the lead. Coolangatta shouldnt be too far away, while the likes of Paulele, The Inferno and September Run will be ones that will look to run on. Pretty keen on Rothfire after his first up win here and worth noting that he is unbeaten at the distance. Will also be having something each-way on Generation, who was unlucky when resuming at Caulfield, protesting against the eventual winner. He loves the Moonee Valley track and was a noted improver on benchmark figures when second up at his last preparation.