The first Friday night Group 1 kicks off this week with the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.
A field of 15 sprinting superstars do battle for the $500,000 prize and it’s another quality field for punters to enjoy.
Nature Strip has attracted most of the attention but there are plenty of thoroughbreds looking to cause an upset.
2019 Moir Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Moir Stakes 2019
Nature Strip @ $2.90 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Sunlight@ $6 Bet Now
Ball of Muscle @ $17 Bet Now
Moir Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Ball of Muscle (Best Roughie – $17) Bet Now
He might be a nine-year-old but Ball of Muscle is every chance of winning at Group 1 level.
The son of Dubawi is a 13-time winner which loves to ride the speed and drawing barrier three looks ideal for this.
Good third placing when resuming at Caulfield and he owns four second-up wins, so treat him with ultimate respect.
Trekking ($6.50) Bet Now
James Cummings lines up the five-year-old which owns eight wins from 20 starts and could be good enough to win this.
He scored three wins last campaign and he has been primed with a recent trial win at Rosehill.
He’s going to need all luck in running from barrier 11 but he could get back and storm home late.
The Bostonian ($11) Bet Now
Kiwi runner which has tasted defeat only once in Australia, which came in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap last start.
He’s a classy sprinter but we’re unsure if Moonee Valley is going to suit. He likes to ride the speed and drawing barrier 13 is going to make it tough.
Punters are getting good odds for the risk.
Faatinah ($26) Bet Now
Faatinah has won over $1 million and that should be respected, but he looks outclassed in this.
The Lindsay Park-trained runner got back to winning form when scoring on this track last start.
However, he’s another runner drawn wide in barrier 15 and that could all but rule him out of contention.
Nature Strip (Best Bet – $2.90) Bet Now
Nature Strip is a tough horse to follow but he gets ideal conditions to suit here.
The Waller-trained sprinter is a four-time winner at this distance and Moonee Valley suits him down to a tee.
The biggest positive factor was securing the inside draw. He’s an absolute rails junkie and if he jumps on the pace, it’s unlikely that they’ll chase him down.
We’re happy with the odds on offer from bookmakers.
Viridine ($17) Bet Now
Viridine is a two-time winner in a fresh state but winning this would be a surprise.
The Cummings-trained son of Poet’s Voice didn’t look good in a recent trial but he does get a good run from the draw.
$17 is a fair price and it could attract some interest.
Tactical Advantage ($23) Bet Now
We have followed Tactical Advantage throughout his career in Sydney but he looks outclassed in Group 1 grade.
The Kris Lees-trained six-year-old is a nine-time winner which has had two trials to prepare for this.
That bodes well for a good campaign but this is a tough starting point.
Bons Away ($20) Bet Now
Bons Away is a runner which could win at the highest level and he’s knocking on the door.
The six-year-old has run second at his last two starts and with $500,000 in the prize money bin, he’s a class runner.
Has been well-backed to win at a big price.
Eduardo ($18) Bet Now
Consistency is key with Eduardo which has finished in the money in eight of his nine career starts.
The six-year-old finished third behind Faatinah on this track last time out and that form might not be franked here.
Does own some good barrier speed and should find a good position from barrier two.
Assertive Approach ($26) Bet Now
Professional type which has won four of his five starts and deserves his chance at the top grade.
The four-year-old has been thrown in the deep end here following his win on this track last time out.
He’s not quite running the times needed to win at Group 1 level but we wouldn’t be surprised to see him running well.
Sunlight (Best Each Way – $6) Bet Now
To rule out a runner as good as Sunlight would be a big mistake. With that being said, she goes in as our best each way.
The McEvoy-trained four-year-old is a winner of 10 from 17 starts and she has banked $4.3 million.
She didn’t lose any admirers when running fifth behind Redzel at Randwick last start and she’ll only get better with the run.
Booker ($18) Bet Now
Booker is a Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner and that form should never be overlooked.
The five-year-old is inconsistent, which can make her tough to follow. However, connections are confident and she could improve this spring.
$18 is worth considering.
Winter Bride ($41) Bet Now
Looks outclassed against this level of opposition.
Does own good fresh form but that’s where the positives end. Would need much bigger odds to warrant the risk.
Meryl ($61) Bet Now
Has looked good at times but she owns a win on this track and shouldn’t be too far away.
Solid run for fourth last time out and it could run into the money with some luck in running.
Miss Leonidas ($34) Bet Now
Has a good record of four wins from 14 starts and she could score a big upset with some luck.
Gets a good draw from barrier four and if they go quickly up front, she could run on into the money.