The 2012 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival heads to Moonee Valley this weekend, for a bumper two-day carnival that begins on Friday night with an eight-race card that includes the Group 2 2012 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m).
For many it is a chance to avenge Thousand Guineas results, as is the case for Love For Ransom who finished five lengths off winner Commanding Jewel when seventh.
The Greg Eurell-trained filly was Thousand Guineas favourite at one stage during the spring following an outstanding win at Moonee Valley last month.
On that day she covered plenty of ground to run over the top of Stella Lante and she faces a rematch with the Adelaide filly this Friday night.
Stella Lante also contested the Thousand Guineas, finishing two places ahead of Love For Ransom in fifth.
There is not one last-start winner in the field but Peter Moody’s Mareeza has been threatening at her past two starts, finishing third first-up at Caulfield in September before being beaten a long-neck by Cavalry Rose in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes.
Also bringing reasonable form into the race is Kazanluk who is coming off a third in the Morphetville Guineas last month.
It may not be the cream of the crop but it stands to be an even contest and one horse bringing a touch of the unknown is Volume One from the Mick Kent stable.
The Nadeem filly has had just one career start which resulted in a third-place finish over 1200m at Cranbourne on October 12.
Others in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic field include Big Chill and Dean Binaisse-trained pair Poppaea and Moreau.
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Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0x1154x836||BIG CHILL||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Hugh Bowman||9||57kg||74|
|2||1×197||LOVE FOR RANSOM||Greg Eurell||Glen Boss||1||57kg||74|
|3||4x74128x90||DONNA CATTIVA (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||TBA||2||57kg||70|
|4||133×2285||STELLA LANTE||John Hyam||Vlad Duric||3||57kg||72|
|5||11×5632||MAREEZA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8||57kg||74|
|6||2×5319||BALACLAVA LADY||Nigel Blackiston||Michael Walker||5||57kg||68|
|7||6×153||KAZANLUK||Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||12||57kg||64|
|8||2×9108||SULLEN ART (NZ)||Leon Corstens||Damien Oliver||11||57kg||61|
|9||518||POPPAEA||Dean Binaisse||Dwayne Dunn||7||57kg||61|
|10||32025||MOREAU||Dean Binaisse||Michael Rodd||10||57kg||56|
|11||5869||EASY TO LOOK AT||Andrew Sawden||TBA||4||57kg||53|
|12||3||VOLUME ONE||Michael Kent||TBA||6||57kg||60|