The Valley hosts an eight-race card this Friday night and it should provide punters with a good entrée before Derby Day on Saturday at Flemington.
We have free tips, form and odds for all eight races on the card, which includes the always popular 55 Second Challenge.
Moonee Valley free tips & form
Race 1. (18:00) Quest Maiden Plate (1533m)
#3 – Mellors @ $3.10 – BET NOW
Lindsay Park lines up the four-year-old gelding which has been knocking on the door this campaign with three consecutive second placings.
He finished a half-length behind Your Desire at Wangaratta last start and the form out of that maiden race should stack up here. His efforts prior to that were good enough to win and it’s only a matter of time before he breaks through.
$3.10 is a good price and we’re expecting that to shorten.
Race 2. (18:30) Ranvet BM78 (1533m)
#2– Our Sea Goddess @ $3 – BET NOW
The former New Zealand runner has made a good impression since arriving in Australia for Lindsay Park. She’s a Darci Brahma mare which won at Hastings before making the trip across the Tasman.
Since coming to Australia, the four-year-old has finished second at Moonee Valley and that was followed by a narrow win at Geelong. She will derive plenty of benefit from that outing and with more time to adjust, we’re expecting more good efforts.
The field of seven should also help as she possesses good tactical speed.
Race 3. (19:00) MSC Signs BM64 (1200m)
#2 – Kaplumpich @ $2.35 – BET NOW
The three-year-old might have a tough name to pronounce but he’s a solid win chance at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Trained by Darren Weir, the colt by All American is dropping back in grade after running seventh behind Ranier at Caulfield last start and the form out of that race should hold up for most of the spring, especially at this level.
He was a brilliant winner on this track prior, scoring by 1.3 lengths to exit maiden grades and punters are expecting another good effort.
Race 4. (19:30) Daemco BM70 (2500m)
#7 – Truly High @ $2.80 – BET NOW
We were a little disappointed in his recent effort at Geelong but we’re prepared to give the Weir-trained gelding another chance.
A well-bred son of High Chaparral, Truly High comes into this race with two wins and 10 placings from 16 starts. That’s a good record but punters will be hoping he can add to his win tally here.
This is his first start around this track but it should suit his style. He likes to sling-shot runners with one big burst and The Valley helps with that.
Race 5. (20:00) 55 Second Challenge BM70 (955m)
#8 – Roddandtodd @ $3 – BET NOW
That was a big effort to finish second behind Written Choice last time out and that form has since been franked.
The Dan Bowman-trained four-year-old has won and placed from three starts at Moonee Valley and the rise to rating 78 didn’t hurt his chances last start, so dropping back to rating 70 is a bonus here.
Punters haven’t missed him in the betting and considering he has posted a 3.3-length win here in the past, the $3 looks like good value.
Race 6. (20:30) Ladbrokes BM78 (2040m)
#6 – Friar Fox @ $2.35 – BET NOW
We thought the former Perth mare would have shown a little more than she did last time out but it did come in open grade against some smart customers.
Darren Weir lines her up in something much easier here and the four-time winner looks well-placed to score her first win in Melbourne.
The rise to 2040m is ideal as she has won over 2200m at Ascot. She will be fitter for two runs back since changing stables and it’s now or never for the talented four-year-old.
Race 7. (21:00) Thronum At Sun Stud BM64 (1200m)
#5 – Sir Kalahad @ $2.20 – BET NOW
Impressive win at Cranbourne last time out and he could continue with that form here. The four-year-old was well-favoured to score last start and he never had any troubles.
He’s only a two-time winner from seven starts but there’s room for improvement and now that he has the confidence up, he could string some wins together.
Drawing barrier two will see him use the rail to his advantage and although the $2.20 is short, he should justify that come race night.
Race 8. (21:30) Essendon Mitsubishi BM64 (1600m)
#9 – D’aguilar @ $3.20 – BET NOW
We’re going with another Weir-trained runner here and he was a good winner on debut. The son of High Chaparral should only improve over more distance after posting a 1.3-length win on debut.
That bodes well for future racing and we were surprised to see him open at such a long quote. We expected something around the $2.20 mark, but we will happily take the value for this promising three-year-old.