Moonee Valley Tips June 13
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The Valley Tips – June 13
RACE PREVIEWS 🧐
Race 1 – 12:20PM SHEAMUS MILLS BLOODSTOCK HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Racing returns to Moonee Valley for the first time since March and the two-year-old fillies feature the opener. While it remains to be seen how the track will play, there is some school of thought that it might favour those out wide, particularly later on. MARNIX is one that has drawn out but shapes as a solid each-way contender and comes down from Sydney, having resumed with a 4th behind the promising Anders at Rosehill on May 30. In that run, the Godolphin galloper was slow out of the barriers and worked hard in the middle stages of the race before being unable to sustain that effort in the final parts of the race. However, she produced the best 800m-400m sectional and ran more than three lengths quicker than benchmark overall, which compares well to the 4.8 lengths slower that the favourite for this race, Crosshaven, produced when winning on debut at Geelong. If she can get a bit of a cleaner getaway this time around, she can be an improver and with Brad Rawiler in the saddle she is well worth some thought.
Race 3 – 1:35PM DYNAMIC PRINT GROUP HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Race 3 at Moonee Valley is a BenchMark 78 and KAPLUMPICH can go very close. The Kevin Corstens-trained galloper missed out behind Jumbo Ozaki and Sikorsky three starts back but has finished runner-up at his past two, just going down behind Viral at Caulfield before running on strongly behind Heptagon, who has since gone on to claim the Swan Hill Cup. While I really like the Sikorsky form, Kaplumpich is going better than the last time they met and meets him 3kg better at the weights for the clash three starts ago, while he is unbeaten at the Valley in two starts. He has been strong over the last 600m at his last two and if he can slot into the running line early on he will go very close.
Race 9 – 5:20PM LADBROKES SWITCH HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
The fillies and mares line up in the last event of the day and BROADWAYANDFOURTH should be hard to beat. The Mitchell Freedman-trained filly was competitive in some strong form races earlier this prep, producing a monster performance from the tail at Group 2 level in the Euclase Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville before just peaking on her run over the 1400m at Flemington behind Debt’N’Deficit. Last time, however, she put it all together when winning well ahead of Absolute Flirt at Caulfield over the 1100m, running more than eight lengths quicker than benchmark overall, with her last 600m more than 10 lengths faster. The daughter of Smart Missile does have a bit of upside in comparison to some of these and was a winner of the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at the track and trip in the spring. She should get a nice cart into the race from barrier 12 and with Ben Melham on board she will be hard to beat.
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