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Moonee Valley Preview

Moonee Valley Preview – 9/7/2023

A solid day of racing at The Valley awaits us on Saturday with 4 Stakes races to be held and the return of some of the classier horses on the Victorian scene. Here’s my best hopes for all the features at Moonee Valley.

McKenzie Stakes 

Steparty looks like an impressive colt and is unbeaten from his three starts. Had a couple of tidy jump outs and the stable has had high hopes for this three-year-old. He should be positive from barrier 4 and ultimately be too good for what looks to be a very weak McKenzie.

Amur loves the track and distance and looks to be the main danger to the favourite. Was disappointing first up however he will strip fitter and has saluted second up in the past. Drawn well to be more positive in a small field and is capable of a strong showing here.

Brave Mead is one to watch but will need luck from the wide draw with a good tempo predicted. Trialed well at Canterbury and has never missed the placings over this trip. I do feel it will need the run but will be one to watch and follow for later in the preparation.

McKenzie Stakes Market

Atlantic Jewel Stakes 

Charm Stone was dominant first up at Caulfield and looks to have plenty of upside. Galloped well at the track on Tuesday and looks to be a lot stronger than the rest of these. Will relish the 1200m and will get a good run midfield which should allow her to use her explosive turn of foot late. Classy filly and the one to beat.

Inhibitions has won at the track and distance in the past and is capable of causing an upset here. Drawn well to find a nice spot midfield and will be rock hard fit. The main danger.

Zoukerette is a smokey chance at odds. Beat Right To Party at Eagle Farm in her most recent run and trialed well at Rosehill after a 7-week let up. Has been competitive in this grade and will jump and cross from the wide gate giving herself every possible chance.

Atlantic Jewel Stakes Market

McEwen Stakes 

Giga Kick is the obvious choice. Looks to have returned in even better order dominating his recent jump outs. First up over 1000 metres is the only query, however, should be too good for these.

Imperatriz is a proven Group 1 winner at The Valley and is the main danger to Giga Kick. Will find a nice spot midfield and boasts a perfect first up record. Has never run over this trip before so might find them too sharp, however I expect her class to take her a long way and be in the finish.

Rothfire won this race last year and I expect him to be competitive again. Won four times first up and has missed the placings only once over 1000 metres. Will jump and lead giving himself every chance on a track that’s well known to have leader dominant lanes.

McEwen Stakes Market

Feehan Stakes 

Tuvalu is a proven group 1 winner and loves the trip. Wasn’t far off Mr Brightside first up at Caulfield who’s arguably the best horse in the country. Placed 3 times second up and should find a handy spot behind Globe in the run and have the last look late.

Globe could be the boom horse this spring. Is unbeaten from 4 starts and has been impressive in his jump outs. Does face a big jump in grade here which is the only query but will make his own luck in a race with little speed and be very competitive.

Pinstriped is another horse with Mr Brightside form and has won at The Valley in the past. Will need luck with his racing pattern but expect him to be flashing home late.

Feehan Stakes Market

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