Moonee Valley Preview & Best Bets – Friday February 17

Moonee Valley Preview & Best Bets


Our form expert provides Moonee Valley tips for today’s horse racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse and gives his best bets.


Moonee Valley Tips 17/2/2023


Race 3 No. 11 WATADEEL- ($3.90)

WATADEEL shapes as a solid player in Race 3. The Philip Stokes-trained galloper drops in grade and was competitive enough behind Jacquinot when 7th behind that horse in the Manfred Stakes (1300m). He drops in grade and should be open to improvement at his second run back. Second up last time, the son of Dundeel improved more than 12 lengths on benchmark figures to finish runner-up at Caulfield. He was then unlucky when 4th in the Carbine Club Stakes (1600m). He looks to have the class here and should be strong late. 



Race 1 No. 2 LADY ADELAIDE – ($5.50)

Going with LADY ADELAIDE in the opener at the Valley. The Patrick Payne-trained mare has had three runs this time in and led all the way at Cranbourne in a BenchMark 64 over the 1400m two starts ago before heading to Sandown and finishing 5th behind Wishlor Lass. She set a solid tempo that day and was entitled to tire late. The daughter of Adelaide comes into this fourth up and was a winner over the 1600m at this stage of her last preparation, improving nearly five lengths on benchmark figures. She looks the likely leader here and will take some running down. 



Race 5 No. 4 SHOCK ‘EM OVA – ($4.60)

SHOCK ‘EM OVA could only manage 8th here when resuming over the 1600m on January 21 but we put the four-year-old into the blackbook after he produced the fastest last 200m behind Ima Shelby. He settled back from the draw that day and was forced out very wide on the turn before running on. Second up last time he was a 13 length improver on benchmark figures when stepping up from a Cranbourne Maiden win on debut to a victory over the 2040m in a $130,000 Saturday race at the Valley. Form out of his recent start has held up and he will be hard to hold out at the business end. 



Race 7 No. 1 PERSAN – ($3.70)

PERSAN must be respected in the Torney Cup. The handy stayer from the Maher/Eustace camp has produced some mixed results for us over the journey. He went down on New Years Day in the Bagot Handicap (2800m) when working early but was excellent prior to that went claiming the Listed JRA Trophy at Flemington over the 2600m ahed of Nobel Heights, with those two putting an eight length gap on them, while he was 3rd in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) prior to that. The six-year-old always produces solid figures and some of his best performances have come at the Valley. The slight freshen up should suit and he is likely to settle in the lead or handy, which is usually the place to be here.