The Valley involves gentle on Friday night time as Group 1 racing this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival continues within the type of the $750,000 Moir Stakes (1000m).
There’s a diminutive eight-horse area gathered within the twilight function with purple sizzling favorite Imperatriz scaring away loads of potential rivals.
Mark Walker’s New Zealand-trained mare is unbeaten on the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit and chases her third straight win on the observe.
The a number of Group 1 winner loved an elite stage success down below within the autumn’s William Reid Stakes over the six furlongs right here earlier than impressing with a first-up Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) victory.
She dominated the McEwen Stakes defeating Rothfire and final yr’s The Everest hero Giga Kick by a minimal 2.5 lengths in a brand new race document time of 56.68 seconds.
That was scintillating return that the five-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible is tipped to emulate again up in grade however towards related opponents within the Moir.
Present Moir Stakes odds on-line at Ladbrokes have the fashionable mare at a brief however deserving quote of $1.70.
Imperatriz reunites with Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson in gate 5 and could be very arduous to tip towards.
Punters searching for worth on the second line of Moir Stakes betting discover the market mover Unusual James who has been well-backed in from $6 to $4.60 for the upset.
The Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted-trained Queenslander jumps from gate seven with Damian Lane aboard for the horse’s first run of the spring.
The constant son of Cable Bay has gained six from ten up to now together with February’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Sandown.
A second in Rosehill’s The Galaxy adopted with the gun sprinter trying to atone for his final begin eighth behind The Everest contender Overpass in Perth’s inaugural $4 million The Quokka (1200m) at Ascot again in mid-April.
He has been introduced on fitness-wise with a Doomben trial again in August and is a famous recent performer with assist for his Moonee Valley debut.
The third elect at $6.50 drawn the rails is fellow Queenslander Rothfire for Robert Heathcote.
The now six-year-old son of Rothesay has earlier profitable kind at Moonee Valley and is out to show the tables on Imperatriz after his McEwen second.
He boasts a 50% profitable strike-rate second-up with 4 wins from eight second-up begins and Blake Shinn continues associations.
Rothfire doesn’t know the way to run a nasty race and was robust final prep with back-to-back Group 1 placings in Brisbane behind Suppose About It within the Kingsford Smith Cup (3rd) and Stradbroke (2nd).
The final of the single-figure fancies within the markets taking up the odds-on elect is the Henry Dwyer-trained Asfoora in gate six with Mitchell Aitken within the saddle.
The proficient Flying Artie mare is easing within the markets regardless of coming off a first-up victory within the Group 3 The Heath 1100 at Caulfield.
Asfoora brings in robust kind traces from the autumn with eye-catching runs within the Oakleigh (3rd), Galaxy (4th) and Quokka (4th).
She can also be a real short-distance specialist over the 1000m (4:3-0-0) and appears a pleasant worth shot.
The 2023 AJ Moir Stakes is ready to run as Moonee Valley Race 7 at 9:15pm (AEST) because the penultimate occasion on The Valley’s Friday night time card.
2023 Moir Stakes Discipline & Limitations
|No||Final 10||Horse||Coach||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Possible Weight||Penalty||Hcp Score|
|1||285x2132x2||ROTHFIRE||Robert Heathcote||Blake Shinn||1||58.5kg||111|
|2||x400x9275x||THE INFERNO||Cliff Brown||Jake Noonan||8||58.5kg||101|
|3||x111x2128x||UNCOMMON JAMES||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||Damian Lane||7||58.5kg||109|
|4||2332x506x4||ZOUSTYLE||Tony Gollan||Damien Oliver||3||58.5kg||103|
|5||2436x885x4||GENERATION||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||2||58.5kg||99|
|6||452213×315||ACROMANTULA||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Craig Williams||4||58.5kg||99|
|7||48x11121x1||IMPERATRIZ||Mark Walker||Opie Bosson||5||56.5kg||116|
|8||1711x344x1||ASFOORA||Henry Dwyer||Mitchell Aitken||6||56.5kg||106|
Desk Credit score: Racing Australia.