2016 McKenzie Stakes Day – Moonee Valley Scratchings

Punters are treated to a double-shot of Black-Type racing for today’s early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival program at Moonee Valley Racecourse on McKenzie Stakes Day 2016.

Heatherly

Returning Group 1 placegetter Heatherly is favourite to win the 2016 Carlyon Stakes first-up at Moonee Valley this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The weather in Melbourne has scattered showers on the forecast so there is no likely upgrade to the current Soft (6) track rating at the Moonee Valley course proper.

Moonee Valley Track Report – 20/08/2016

  • Rail: True Entire Circuit
  • Penetrometer: 5.19
  • Weather: Scattered Showers
  • Track Type: Turf
  • Track Rating: Soft (6)
  • Irrigation: Nil
  • Rainfall: 11mm last 24 hours, 19mm last 7 days

Racing kicks off at Moonee Valley this afternoon at 12:50pm (AEST) and the nine-race card comes to a close at 5:55pm (AEST).

Across the program are two Black-Type highlights including the day’s feature race – the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) running as Race 5. Just seven remain in the mix after the early scratchings of Rampage – who heads to Adelaide instead – and China Dream for Mick Price.

The other major clash is the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) scheduled as Race 8 and featuring five official scratchings including the only emergency Manihi Mischief.

See below for the full Moonee Valley race program, scratchings and previews before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to get behind your favourites at the right price!

Moonee Valley Scratchings – 20/08/2016

Total Scratchings: 24

Race 1 (12:50pm) – $80,000 Rangedale Plate (2500m)

#2 Araldo Junior (7)

#4 Try Four (8)

The opener is a BenchMark 96 staying showdown where only six runners will line-up including the firming favourite Black Tomahawk ($2.10) who Craig Williams rides from the inside alley on 55kg. Darren Weir saddles-up the consistent seven-year-old who comes off back-to-back seconds, the latest narrowly beaten by Au Revoir over this distance at Flemington.

Race 2 (1:25pm) – $60,000 SKM Recycling Handicap (1600m)

#1 Last Wish (1)

#10 Robbie’s Star (6)

#11 Legal Hunter (11)

The second is a mile BenchMark 78 featuring eight remaining hopefuls led in betting by Grand Dreamer ($4.20) with the outside alley but time to overcome at the tight track. Dwayne Dunn jumps on the Robert Smerdon-trained galloper who has a nice record over the distance (10-3-3-2) and drops back notably in weight after carting 58.5kg for a second at Sandown on August 7.

Race 3 (2:00pm) – $70,000 Dr Sheahan Plate (1200m)

No current scratchings

This VOBIS Gold 4YO+ Horse Owners Bonus sprint has plenty of prize money on offer and all 10 original acceptors are still in the mix. It’s a classy line-up featuring a number of livewire hopes including French Emotion ($3.20), Chris Waller’s Snitzel mare first-up and out to atone for her 12th in Adelaide’s Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) last time out. She was hampered by a wide alley in that winter run and was beaten under five lengths, she’ll be better first-up over this distance (4-2-1-1).

Race 4 (2:40pm) – $80,000 Cleanaway Plate (1200m)

#3 Giroux (11)

#4 Ariaz (9)

#12 Piccadillies (4)

A set weights plus penalties for the three-year-old fillies who could be building to a tougher run this spring, the three early scratchings leaving nine in the line-up including the returning Lindsay Park-trained Blue Diamond Stakes third placegetter Zamzam ($3.40) and Robert Smerdon’s consisting daughter of Sebring Motwon Lil ($4.80) looking to break her maiden status at start number seven.

Race 5 (3:20pm) – $120,000 Listed Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes (1200m)

#2 Rampage (4)

#4 China Dream (2)

Only seven left in this three-years-old colts & geldings sprint feature, but still some class types to choose between including the hot favourite Ken’s Dream ($2.15) who comes off a big nine length win on debut at Echuca. The Darren Weir-trained Dream Ahead colt is against tougher rivals second-up but drops three kilos to 55kg. Biggest danger looks to be the Lindsay Park-raced market mover Dam Ready ($4) but the value is undefeated Throssell ($7.50) for Ciaron Maher.

Race 6 (4:00pm) – $90,000 Mayoral Charity Community Handicap (2040m)

#1 Killarney Kid (3)

#11 Prima (5)

Nine remaining runners in this handicap clash run over the same track / distance as October’s Cox Plate. The markets are wide open with six single-figure hopes narrowly led by the ultra-consistent Pin Your Hopes ($4.60) who comes off six straight placings including a third to Killarney Kid over 2000m at Flemington a fortnight back.

Race 7 (4:40pm) – $90,000 Westar Trucks Isuzu Handicap (1500m)

#1 Escado (9)

#6 Calvin Williams (3)

Ten remaining middle-distance runners to fight it out in this handicap clash where the money is all on Pilote D’Essai ($1.90) who is odds-on despite the outside barrier draw. The Lindsay Park-trained import gets in on the minimum for his third run in Australia and is tipped to enjoy the Moonee Valley circuit. Has won four of his eight career runs and one from two in the country.

Race 8 (5:15pm) – $120,000 Listed 1PRINT Carlyon Stakes (1000m)

#8 Wild Rain (13)

#9 Diamond Oasis (14)

#10 Beau Rada (7)

#12 Sunday Escape (16)

#16e Manihi Mischieff (1)

Only 11 are left in the day’s second stakes race despite it originally drawing an over capacity field. The bookies are saying the returning Heatherly ($3) is a big hope first-up, the Lonhro mare boasting an excellent record at the track (3-2-0-1) and distance (5-2-2-1) ahead of her first run since a third to Flamberge when under a length back in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in late February.

Race 9 (5:45pm) – $70,000 William Hill Handicap (1200m)

#5 Profit Share (16)

#9 Nicoscene (17)

#11 Jungle Edge (15)

#14 Shadow Lord (12)

#16e Valiant Warrior (3)

Lots of early scratchings from the last, mainly due to wide draws for the BenchMark 90 sprint. The markets are led by the last emergency Magicus ($5) who gains a run with Craig Williams riding Chris Waller’s in-form son of Statue Of Liberty who is a track specialist, undefeated in three previous runs at the Valley.

*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change

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