Tonight the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Group 1 action continues at Moonee Valley with the recently upgraded Moir Stakes 2013 taking centre stage, the insider Races.com.au betting tips and selections for which are detailed below.
Keeping anticipation levels high right up until 10:00pm (AEST), the $450,000 Group 1 Programmed Moir Stakes (1200m) brings the evening’s excitement to a close as Moonee Valley Race 8 and features a quality 10-horse field of sprint stars.
The punters are toing and froing over the favourite, Rob Heathcote’s perennial Group 1 placegetter Buffering back on top of the Moir Stakes odds.
The defending Moir Stakes champ, the Queensland having won the race last year as a Group 2, was briefly overtaken by returning Singapore KrisFlyer Sprint runner-up Bel Sprinter for favouritism tonight.
However money’s come in for Heathcote’s Mossman six-year-old, last seen finishing second to Linton in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in June, and Buffering is leading the way at $4.20.
The Jason Warren-trained The Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter is next on $4.60, the horse with work to do from the inside alley if they are to stay out of trouble from that position on the tight Moonee Valley circuit tonight.
In a close betting race there are four other single-figure fancies with the Peter Snowden-trained Epaulette ($4.80), returning mare Snitzerland ($4.80), last year’s Blue Diamond winner Samaready ($8) coming off a first-up Caulfield win and the Peter Moody-trained Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner from this weekend 12 months ago Moment Of Change ($9).
With so many chances under $10 punters could be having a hard time separating the Moir Stakes contenders from the pretenders, which is where we come it!
#9 Snitzerland ($4.80)
Lots to like about Gerald Ryan’s resuming Snitzel mare in her four-year-old debut here. Vies for maiden Group 1 win and think she’s a genuine chance at a decent price of making that happen. Most recent run was a seventh in the Robert Sangster when taken to Adelaide, but back in Melbourne fresh she’ll be much improved. First-up record is outstanding including the Group 2 Challenge Stakes by three lengths in the autumn. Won a Rosehill trial on the 17th showing off her race fitness. Also won at this track and distance in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes at exactly this time last year so Valley holds no fears. She’ll likely lead (along with Buffering) and if Ryan has her fit she can hold on for the win.
#1 Buffering ($4.20)
Heathcote’s warhorse is certainly no stranger to elite level racing, this will be their 17th Group 1 start, and think they could be in for another heartbreaking close finish. They’ve been placed second or third nine times from their previous Group 1 outings and think they’ll go into double figures here. First-up record is a cracker (four from five) including their win in this when resuming last spring before the race’s upgrade. Doomben trial win on September 3. Sixth in the Manikato last time at Moonee Valley, will go close up on that speed in a neck-to-neck finish with Snitzerland is our guess.
Moment Of Change ($9)
Wider gate here will suit (8) and think there’s real improvement to come off their first-up effort when second (from unsuitable inside barrier) in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes over the 1000m here on September 14 which they went into without a trial. Consider that their trial and growth here. Second-up last season produced a nose away second to Shamexpress in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. Also won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on this weekend last spring so is up to the class. Think that’s a nice price for a progressive chance who boats the second best Place rate (78.57%).
Roughie We Like
#7 Le Bonsir ($41)
Do we think they can win? Probably not, but for a chance at adding real value to the exotics Le Bonsir is definitely worth another look. Drawn in gate 2 which produced last year’s winner (Buffering) and which is also the most successful Moir Stakes barrier in the past 30 years with a total of five wins. One of two last start winners here and are a Moonee Valley specialist (5-3-0-1) including their Listed win at the track and distance over Rekindled Interest a fortnight ago.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change