The Group 1 Moir Stakes might not be the biggest sprint race at Moonee Valley this spring, but this Friday night’s feature is going to be one of the most important.
13 runners will line up for a potential spot in The Everest, especially favourite Nature Strip. If he fails to win, slot holders could overlook his credentials and that’s going to make for an exciting race here.
We have sorted through the form to provide analysis for every runner with our best bet, best each way and best roughie tips.
2018 Moir Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Moir Stakes 2018
Nature Strip @ $2.20 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Snitty Kitty @ $13 – BET NOW
Brave Smash @ $12 – BET NOW
2018 Moir Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Brave Smash (Best Roughie – $12) – BET NOW
Bookmakers have seemingly forgotten about this talented sprinter, which finished third in The Everest last season.
The former Japanese sprinter has finished third behind Ball of Muscle in both runs back this campaign but he has always taken time to mature in the preparation and he looks set to peak here.
Drawing wide will make it harder but he represents good each way value at the $12.
Voodoo Lad ($13) – BET NOW
There’s no doubting the consistency of Voodoo Lad, which ran a terrific race behind Ball of Muscle last start and he’s worth including in first four options.
The Weir-trained gelding is a 12-time winner which deserves respect and he has scored two wins from three starts at Moonee Valley. That’s a record that should be taken note of and a win wouldn’t surprise many.
Ball of Muscle ($12) – BET NOW
It’s tough to overlook the form of Ball of Muscle, which has defeated some of his rivals in two starts this season.
It has been an impressive turn around in form for the eight-year-old, which looked well past his prime but has silenced critics this time around. Wins at odds of $9 and $5 have come recently and $12 is a good price.
Chance if he can replicate his recent form.
Jungle Edge ($41) – BET NOW
Talented on his day but he needs a rain-affected track to show his best. That’s unlikely to come here and the odds reflect his realistic chances of winning.
Faatinah ($20) – BET NOW
Was considered good enough to run overseas and has since returned a winner at Moonee Valley when scoring by a half-length.
Talented enough to win but this is a hot field and he might find a couple of these too strong.
Nature Strip (Best Bet – $2.20) – BET NOW
We’re not sure what else Nature Strip has to do to earn a spot in The Everest but we’ll happily take the odds on offer here.
The Weir-trained star has won eight of his 11 starts and although he needed the line at The Valley last start, he still defeated most of the field by a good margin and the time he ran was quick.
His only negative is not being able to soak up pressure, which is why he hasn’t been signed to an Everest spot, but he could prove the critics wrong here.
Viddora ($10) – BET NOW
Viddora is a talented horse which won a recent trial in preparation for this, but we’re not sure she has the speed to win this race fresh up.
The Group 1-winning mare has won over $2 million and shouldn’t be underestimated, but the $10 odds suggests that she’ll need the run and we’re prepared to just watch her on Friday night.
Houtzen ($6.50) – BET NOW
That was an impressive return to form for Houtzen last start, which went within a nose of beating race favourite Nature Strip.
The past winner on this track has the speed to beat any sprint field on her day but consistency was something punters didn’t see a lot of last season.
This type of smaller track is good for her running style and she can soak up the hot pace from barrier two and be strong to the line.
Missrock ($21) – BET NOW
Owns the ability to cause an upset but we would want bigger odds than $20 for that to happen here.
Place at best.
Spright ($46) – BET NOW
Gets the inside draw which might switch her on but we haven’t seen her best form for awhile now and we’re unsure if her Group 3 win last start is good enough for this level.
Savanna Amour ($35) – BET NOW
Has shown her best form over slightly longer distances and although she will be winning some races during the spring carnival, winning this is a tough ask.
$34 is about right and she might attract interest from each way punters.
Snitty Kitty (Best Roughie – $13) – BET NOW
The six-time winner owns plenty of natural pace and she could give some of the well-fancied runners something to chase.
Henry Dwyer lines up the five-year-old which finished second behind Russian Revolution in February and that form should stack up well here.
She’s a four-time winner over this distance and the odds on offer are generous.
Nieta ($67) – BET NOW
Has largely underperformed for quite some time now and she’s better suited in an easier race with some moisture in the surface.