We have expert betting tips for the card this Saturday at Moonee Valley that features nine quality betting races.
Racing at The Valley continues, and we have our best value bets for every race on the card.
Moonee Valley horse racing tips
Race 1. (12:50) Roll the Dice Racing Plate (1200m)
#5 – Widaad – Bet @ Sportsbet
Loved the way it won on debut at Wangaratta, and despite facing a rise in class, connections must be confident.
The Hayes-trained filly by Snitzel scored by 1.5 lengths in a professional manner and it bodes well for the rest of the season.
Betting will be a good guide, but punters should get value odds in the opener.
Race 2. (13:25) Dr Sheahan BM84 (1200m)
#4 – La Vina – Bet @ Sportsbet
La Vina made a good impression last preparation when winning her first two starts and she could get back to that brilliant form.
The five-year-old didn’t fire in three subsequent runs at Flemington and Caulfield, but those runs came against tough fields and this is easier.
She is a three-time winner fresh up and dropping to 53kg makes her a good bet.
Race 3. (14:05) Stuart Murray BM90 (1200m)
#3 – Corner Pocket @ $2.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Corner Pocket makes his own luck in front and that’s typically the place to be at Moonee Valley.
The impressive son of Toronado has rattled off six consecutive wins and the latest came over 1440m at Caulfield against a capable field.
He’s unbeaten at the distance and the 56-day break should freshen him up nicely.
Race 4. (14:45) Tony Gulliver BM78 (1600m)
#9 – Petruchio – Bet @ Sportsbet
The Archie Alexander-trained gelding has had the benefit of three starts this preparation and that holds him in good stead.
He ran fifth at Sandown last time out on a heavy surface, and although yet to race at The Valley, it’s a track that should suit.
Punters will get each-way value odds in what should be an even contest.
Race 5. (15:25) Ladbroke It BM78 (2500m)
#1 – Smokin’ Romans – Bet @ Sportsbet
Looking to win three on the bounce is Smokin’ Romans, who scored at Sandown and followed it up with a win at Moonee Valley.
The talented gelding loved the rise in distance when scoring by two lengths and scoring a double at The Valley isn’t beyond him.
Getting 3kg off his back is ideal, so put him on top.
Race 6. (16:05) McMahon’s Dairy McKenzie Stakes (1200m)
#4 – Hilal @ $2.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Hilal has been taking on red-hot fields in Sydney and that form stacks up brilliantly in Melbourne.
The Hawkes-trained colt finished second at Randwick last start, and with his Group 1 form, he must be tough to beat at this level.
Barrier five is ideal and we don’t think the $2.30 will last long.
Race 7. (16:40) Ranvet Handicap (2040m)
#3 – Grand Promenade @ $4.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Grand Promenade is a seven-time winner from 16 starts, including his last two at Flemington.
Moonee Valley doesn’t suit him as well, but the Maher/Eustace-trained runner makes his own luck and the drop in distance shouldn’t be too concerning.
$4.20 is a price worth taking.
Race 8. (17:15) Long Fine Hospitality Carlyon (1000m)
#1 – Ancestry @ $3.80 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Ancestry is fresh up and the five-year-old is unbeaten in three starts at Moonee Valley. He also owns three wins over this distance, so the statistics are in his favour.
The Phillip Stokes-trained gelding owns nine wins from 18 starts and he has been a good bet for punters. There is no reason to jump off his back and $3.80 is a fair price.
Look for a betting push on race day.
Race 9. (17:45) Cox Plate Multi Membership Handicap (1500m)
#7 – Skyman – Bet @ Sportsbet
Skyman might need a run to show his best form, but he’s a past winner fresh up and he could hit the ground running.
The Waller-trained six-year-old gets every chance off the inside draw and carrying only 55kg brings him right into contention.
Punters should get a value price with bookmakers.
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.