Ciaron Maher’s undefeated young filly Petits Filous gets a chance to make it five-from-five and take out her maiden Group 1 trophy when she lines up in a top class field of sprinters in Friday night’s Moir Stakes 2015 at Moonee Valley.
The three-year-old daughter of Street Boss has won all four of her career starts to date and lines up as one of 13 final acceptors in this year’s $450,000 Group 1 City Jeep Moir Stakes (1000m), which is due to jump as Moonee Valley Race 7 at 9:45pm (AEST).
Drawn nicely in barrier five, which last produced a Moir Stakes winner only 12 months ago when the Rob Heathcote-trained Buffering became a dual winner of the race having also saluted in 2012, Petits Filous has Glen Boss aboard on 51kg in the weight-for-age classic.
Boss has ridden just one previous Moir Stakes champ back in 2001 with Mistegic and takes over for the suspended Damien Oliver on Friday night.
Out to become the first three-year-old filly to win the Moir since Virage De Fortune (2005) a decade earlier, Petits Filous is already a dual winner at the tight Moonee Valley track and comes off comprehensive wins in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) from mid-August and Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) from September 12.
The other three-year-old filly in the Moir Stakes field this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is the Robert Smerdon-trained daughter of Turffontein Fontiton.
She jumps from a wider barrier nine draw with Craig Williams, who guided Virage De Fortune to victory 10 years ago, taking over for Mark Zahra in the saddle.
A winner of three of her four starts so far, Fontiton has winning form at the track on debut last Cox Plate Day when winning an Inglis-restricted race by six lengths before wins in this year’s Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude races for fillies.
Her last start was back in late February when fifth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Smerdon is hoping she can keep her good first-up record (2-2-0-0) going with an upset Moir Stakes result this weekend.
Last year’s champ Buffering is after a third Moir Stakes victory, the veteran Brisbane-trained sprinter jumping from barrier six with regular rider Damian Browne aboard this season.
An eight-year-old son of Mossman, Buffering is also first-up here not having raced since an overseas run crossing sixth in the Hong Kong Sprint last December.
He has an outstanding Moonee Valley record of four wins, a second and a third from nine runs though and jumps from the barrier that produced Black Caviar for her first of two wins in 2010.
Another Moir Stakes runner from 12 months ago back for another shot in 2015 is the Robbie Griffiths-trained mare Angelic Light who Zahra rides from a wide barrier 10 draw that produced Samaready for her 2013 win in the race.
She crossed fourth to Buffering last year and hasn’t raced since her seventh to Lucky Hussler in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at the track on March 27 during the autumn.
Boasting the fitness edge this year and coming off nice lead-up form are the likes of the Peter Moody-trained The Goodwood winner Flamberge who ran second to Chautauqua in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes at the track and distance on September 5, Mick Price’s last start winner over the 1000m at the Valley Le Bonsir and the Joe Pride-trained Ball Of Muscle whose last start was a second in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) in Sydney on September 19.
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2015 Moir Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Moonee Valley Race 7 (9:45pm) – 02/10/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||7333x1746x||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||6||58.5kg||115|
|2||60007560×9||STERLING CITY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||4||58.5kg||108|
|3||x3x745746x||RAIN AFFAIR||Daniel Bowman||Damian Lane||11||58.5kg||98|
|4||643x2301x2||FLAMBERGE||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||12||58.5kg||109|
|5||276x520x31||LE BONSIR||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||8||58.5kg||96|
|6||121x221x32||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Glyn Schofield||1||58.5kg||105|
|7||2x31425x7x||ANGELIC LIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||Mark Zahra||10||56.5kg||105|
|8||x4132x9932||GRIANTE||David Brideoake||Steven Arnold||7||56.5kg||101|
|9||377×122813||MISS PROMISCUITY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||2||56.5kg||100|
|10||31x08x171x||BROOK ROAD||Kris Lees||Blake Shinn||13||56.5kg||97|
|11||1135×79||HEADWATER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||3||53kg||82|
|12||1x115x||FONTITON||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||9||51kg||84|
|13||1111||PETITS FILOUS||Ciaron Maher||Glen Boss||5||51kg||86|