2014 Moonee Valley Cup Perfect Race in Waller’s Opinion

October 24, 2014

2014 Moonee Valley Cup Perfect Race in Waller’s Opinion

This Cox Plate Day Sydney’s top trainer Chris Waller saddles-up the easing favourite for the Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2014 Opinion who he believes is ideally suited to the set weights plus penalties race.

Royal Descent (outside) and Opinion (inside)

Cox Plate Day hopes Royal Descent (outside) and Opinion (inside) worked at Moonee Valley on Tuesday ahead of their respective Saturday assignments. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

There are 10 stayers in the mix for this year’s $250,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) with Waller’s Oasis Dream six-year-old Opinion heading the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.30 (out from $3).

Drawn in gate nine the gelding will be ridden by last weekend’s Caulfield Cup winning hoop Zac Purton who takes over from Tye Angland last start when Opinion finished runner-up to stable mate Junoob in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney.

Opinion was also runner-up to The Offer in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick back in April and eyes a start in the country’s most famous two-mile event on November 4, the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

In Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes Opinion is rated a $41 outsider, but Waller is hoping he can shorten in the markets with and win at Moonee Valley this weekend.

Waller’s The Metropolitan winner Junoob franked the form of that race last weekend when running a brave seventh beaten only 2.25 lengths by Japanese raider Admire Rakti in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

He is confident then that the form will stack up again in Melbourne on Saturday with Opinion luckless to not have won The Metropolitan after getting held up in a crucial stage approaching the home turn.

He also carried 56kg from a wide barrier (14 of 16) in his Sydney lead-up and should appreciate the better barrier with a kilo less on the weekend.

“It’s a perfect race for him at set weights and penalties,” Waller told Racenet.

Opinion was one of a host of Cox Plate Day runners galloping at Moonee Valley’s Breakfast with the Best on Tuesday and worked home strongly behind one of Waller’s three 2014 Cox Plate hopes Royal Descent in an eye-catching effort.

“It wasn’t planned to be like that, that’s just how it worked out but it was perfect for him because it gave him a bunny to chase,” Waller said.

“It was very nice to see him finish off well and he’ll be very hard to beat on Saturday.”

Royal Descent meanwhile joins Group 1 winning stable mates Sacred Falls and Foreteller for Waller in the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday.

Recent George Main Stakes winner Sacred Falls, a three time Group 1 winner over the mile at Randwick, is his shortest-priced hope in Cox Plate betting out from $6 to $7.50.

Runner-up in all four of her runs this season, Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent then pays $11 to shrug her second placegetter status while Underwood Stakes champ two back Foreteller is on the rails and out to $31 after opening at a much shorter $21.

To get behind Waller’s Moonee Valley runners this weekend make sure you’ve got an account open online at Ladbrokes.com.au where for just $3 you could win $3 million on Cox Plate Day with the Megapick promo!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Resul...

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Conv...

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

Saturday turned into a profitable day for punters at Eagle Farm as Gai...

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Resul...

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results: Vega One Beats Jonker In Gollan Quinella

Queensland horseman Tony Gollan celebrated a huge result in the...

Queensland Derby 2021 Results:...

Queensland Derby 2021 Results: Waller Runs Quinella With Kukeracha & Senor Toba

Master trainer Chris Waller celebrated his 21st career Group 1 quinella with...

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Si...

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

The good run of two-year-olds this season for the Golden Slipper winning...

Race Results

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Tofane Upsets Vega One, Signore Fox Third

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results: Vega One Beats Jonker In Gollan Quinella

Queensland Derby 2021 Results: Waller Runs Quinella With Kukeracha & Senor Toba

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

Race Previews

2021 Brisbane Cup Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

Stradbroke Handicap 2021 Barriers & Betting Update: Vega One Draws 4

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Vega One Heads 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Odds

Fields & Form

2021 Brisbane Cup Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

Stradbroke Handicap 2021 Barriers & Betting Update: Vega One Draws 4

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Vega One Heads 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Odds