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Moonee Valley Cup (MR6)
– This must be one of the worst fields assembled for this race in a long time, giving the Gai Waterhouse trained Reuben Percival a good chance of winning despite the fact that he appears to be poorly in under the Set Weights plus Penalties conditions of the event. He ran a huge race to finish 3rd in the Group One Metropolitan second up before being well beaten in the Herbert Power Stakes last time out. He can be forgiven for that flop off a seven day backup and will be hard to beat with Nash Rawiller back aboard. Ironstein should be in the finish following a series of strong runs, while course specialist Precedence always performs well at Moonee Valley. The Luca Cumani trained Ibicenco is interesting, but reportedly suffered a setback at Werribee a couple of weeks ago.
Selections: Reuben Percival, Precedence, Ironstein, Ibicenco
Crystal Mile (MR7)
– Rangirangdoo looks well placed to break a ten race losing streak stretching back over a year in this event, where the small field looks likely to play into his hands. As a multiple Group One winner, he is well in under the Weight-For-Age (WFA) conditions of the race and will get a good run either in the lead or just off the pace. Solzhenitsyn is in career best form having won five of his past six starts, including the Group One Toorak Handicap, while Ambidexter is another to have run well at the top level this preparation. New Zealand Derby winner Silent Achiever will be running on strongly at the finish.
Selections: Rangirangdoo, Solzhenitsyn, Ambidexter, Silent Achiever
Cox Plate (MR8) **TattsBet $100,000 Trifecta Jackpot**
– Following a maiden Group One win in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington three weeks ago, Green Moon is the horse to beat in this year’s renewal of the WFA championship of Australasia. All three of his runs this preparation have been full of merit and superstar hoop Craig Williams has elected to ride him in the race ahead of favourite Pierro. From barrier three, he will get a good run behind the speed and be hard to hold out. Proisir could fare best of the three year olds, having lost just one of his four career starts. Although he was beaten into second by It’s A Dundeel in the Group One Spring Champion Stakes, they were well clear of the rest and the form has since been franked. Carrying just 49.5kg, he is sure to be in the finish. Ocean Park clearly warrants respect having won three races at the top level this campaign, while Shoot Out and Rekindled Interest could represent value at big odds.
Selections: Green Moon, Rekindled Interest, Proisir, Rekindled Interest
Trojan Hand Tools Stakes (MR9)
– Star Of Giselle appears to be the key runner in this contest, where she is likely to dictate the pace from an inside gate. At her last start on Thousand Guineas day she was able to get an easy lead and never looked like getting run down, but will find this much tougher. Spirit Song is coming off a big effort to finish second in the Toorak Handicap against the boys and returns to her favourite track, while Zurella and Hi Belle will find this much easier than the races they have been contesting of late. Pretty Pins was strong to the line in the race that Star Of Giselle won and will be a good chance if the track is favouring backmarkers after consecutive days racing on the surface.
Selections: Spirit Of Song, Hi Belle, Star Of Giselle, Pretty Pins