Moonee Valley Tips March 20
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Moonee Valley is widely-recognised for its short home-straight of only 173m, making it the shortest of any course in Australia. The Valley track stages around 27 race meetings a year and we pick out the best chances to be backing.
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The Valley Tips – March 20
Race 6 – 8:00PM Dynamic Print Group Alexandra Stakes (1600 METRES)
The fillies tackle the Alexandra Stakes and the promising filly, PARADEE, faces her acid test. But the Danny O’Brien-trained galloper looks up to the challenge. The daughter of Epaulette has had three runs this preparation and claimed her Maiden at Bendigo on resumption before having no luck whatsoever at Sandown two starts ago when 3rd to Selica. She then headed to Flemington for a rare Wednesday meeting and overcame difficulties to demolish her opposition when stepping up to the 1600m at BenchMark 70 level. She gets to Group class here and takes on the likes of Le Tene and Meuse. What is in her favour is that there looks to be copious amounts of pace in the race and she get can get a cart into it from the wide barrier. She has produced some slick closing sectionals in her runs this preparation and with Damien Oliver on board she can go very close.
Race 7 – 8:30PM Keogh Homes William Reid Stakes (1200 METRES)
I am sticking with BIVOUAC in the William Reid Stakes after the Godolphin galloper showed his class in the recent Newmarket Handicap (1200m), defeating a number of the rivals that he meets again on Friday. In the Newmarket, he settled just off the speed and worked his way into it in the middle stages before clicking through the gears to win by 2.5 lengths. He has drawn barrier 1, which is a bit of a concern, but a number of past winners of this race have come from inside barriers, including Foxwedge, who drew barrier 1 in 2012, while Flamberge (2016) and Lucky Hussler (2015), had no issues getting clear air from barrier 2 when they won. The Newmarket has also been the form reference for this race in recent times. He meets the likes of Loving Gaby and Gytrash on similar terms at the weights and can take out the final Group 1 of the Melbourne autumn.
Race 8 – 9:00PM Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Sunline Stakes (1600 METRES)
The Sunline Stakes is a Group 2 for the mares and SPANISH REEF gets her chance to rejoin the winners list. The six-year-old is always competitive over the 1600m in this class and comes off a close up 6th behind Paint The Town Two in the Matron Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on March 7. In that race, she settled in a midfield slot but couldn’t quite bridge the gap in the closing stages. She meets the likes of Bam’s On Fire and Fidelia much better at the weights. Those two filled the placings in the recent lead up. At her fourth run at her last preparation, she claimed the Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield before placing 3rd in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m). From barrier 6, she can settle in a prominent spot and with the experienced hoop, Mark Zahra, on board, she will be hard to hold out.