Melbourne Racing Tips – Saturday June 13
Saturday @ Moonee Valley:
Track: Soft 6. Rail: Out 4m entire circuit.
Best Bet: Race 3 – SIKORSKY
Race 1: CROSSHAVEN (3) from 6, 1
Race 2: LA CHEVALEE (2) from 1, 3 and 5.
Race 3: SIKORSKY (2) from 3, 1 and 13.
Race 4: GREAT AGAIN (1) from 5, 2 and 8.
Race 5: MS CATHERINE (2) from 1, 8 and 3.
Race 6: FELICIA (9) from 14,
3 and 6.
Race 7: REYKJAVIK (1) from 4, 9 and 2.
Race 8: HARBOUR VIEWS (9) from 7, 2 and 6.
Race 9: BROADWAYANDFOURTH (8) from 2, 1 and 6.
Race 1: Super VOBIS 2YO Handicap 1200m
CROSSHAVEN (3) was a winner on debut at Geelong a month ago for the Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig yard, he had a good run in behind the speed before taking over before the furlong pole and cruising home for a dominant win. The fifth horse across the line that day has since come out and won a maiden so the form line reads well.
SENSE OF HONOUR (6) debuted at the Sandown Lakeside track almost 5 months ago, he was beautifully ridden and charged clear to win by more than 3 lengths. Tongue tie goes on, watch the betting for any money for her resuming. JABALI RIDGE (1) won his maiden up the straight at Flemington last time in work, he was a real eye-catcher when resuming at Caulfield storming home form a mile back to just miss placing.
Watch for any money for the Hawkes Team first starter STARDARMESTA (8).
Race 2: Super VOBIS 3YO Handicap 1600m
LA CHEVALEE (2) has won three races this time in, two back at the Lakeside track she was held-up before taking a tiny gap to run on and score then was at Flemington and again hit a needle-eye opening to run away to win easily. She loves the wet tracks, connections will be praying for rain.
BARBIE’S FOX (1) handles the wet tracks well, she was a good winner resuming before having no chance at Flemington sitting wide without speed and weakened after the torrid run. Look for her late. LIBRATE (3) won two in a row then went to Caulfield and stuck on well to be beaten a small margin when sitting wide without cover. Big jockey change also with Olly replacing Jamie Kah. SMOKE BOMB (5) also won two straight to start this campaign, he missed the kick and that was it for him last time as he likes to race on the speed. He looks the leader, assuming he jumps away cleanly.
Race 3: BM78 Handicap 1600m
SIKORSKY (2) over-raced but was still too good for them at Flemington two starts ago, he again was fired-up in the run at Caulfield and was forced to make a mid-race move to get on the speed. He then took over half way up the straight and was nabbed late. It was a huge effort, I am very keen on him and will bet again in the run if he settles better.
HEAVENLY EMPEROR (3) has a fabulous second-up record (3:2-1-0), he looked to have every chance resuming but stuck on ok, expect him to be a big improver with that run under his belt. HOLBEIN (1) should be up on the speed for a long way and looks better suited here on the small track than at Flemington last start where he was narrowly beaten. SICKENING (13) was a good winner on eth synthetic two starts back then made good ground last start. He will be giving them a start, look for him late.
Race 4: Handicap 1200m
GREAT AGAIN (1) built up a terrific record in the west before coming to Lindsay Smith’s Bool stable, he resumed at Flemington up the straight and led all the way. He set a hot tempo and just kept kicking and finding another gear, drawn well around the bend, he should lead for a long way again.
MORE THAN EXCEED (5) will be giving them a start but should be the beneficiary of the top pick doesn’t get a soft lead. He ran on well to score at Sandown then settled closer and peaked late to miss in a blanket finish last start. Look for him late. TAVISAN (2) will bet the other horse that should be looking for the top early, I just feel that Great Again will be pushing on no matter what and Tavisan may have to take a sit? SPIRIT OF AQUADA (8) has had two runs back, both on heavy tracks. He will get back in the run and doesn’t win out of turn, if everything goes right and the speed is on, he can run a place.
Race 5: Super VOBIS 3YO Handicap 1000m
MS CATHERINE (2) is undefeated after three starts and resumes today. She has won two of those here at the Valley, she was having her first go out of maiden grade when bolting in leading all the way and then won the Typhoon Tracy at Listed level doing the same. Is the jock a worry? She gets the claim but I think most are glad to see her stay on.
SANSOM (1) placed at G2 level back in the Summer and has a great overall record, he gets a good claim and a stack of speed. He will be looking for the top early in a race where a few will be, will he have to sit parked? YOUNG LIAM (8) has speed and will be on the pace, he is stepping up in grade but deserves his chance after winning three of four this time in and is going through the grades nicely. ICONIC STAR (3) is first-up and has trialed well in Sydney. He has speed but with Olly booked and the stack of pace drawn in, he will probably be easing early?
Race 6: 3YO Fillies BM78 Handicap 1200m
FELICIA (9) won her first two start before going to the paddock, she has had three runs back and yet to score but is racing well. Last time at Caulfield she sat up on the speed and stuck n well to place, gets a minor gear change and the inside alley should see her lead for a long way.
POWER BOOM (14) is the first emergency, she was well backed at Pakenham when resuming, after settling back in the field she ran on well to win. This is a lot harder, if she gets a start she can step up at the big odds.
DIXON STREET (3) is flying winning all three runs this prep. Hard to line up the SA form but her last start win was enormous after sitting wide throughout on the speed. Nothing went right and she still had the tenacity to dig in and grind it out. IT’S KIND OF MAGIC (6) over-raced and tired badly on the heavy track when beaten as favourite resuming, she gets a stack of gear changes and should race better not cluttered up on the fence.
Race 7: Handicap 1600m
REYKJAVIK (1) handles all conditions, he was last seen three weeks ago at Flemington and beat home a similar field by a big margin. He does have the extra weight here but has versatility and hard to ignore the big gap he put on them last time.
SHOT OF IRISH (4) has won two in a row prior to being beaten as favourite against the top pick last time. He looked to have every chance after leading, maybe back on the smaller track with the weight swing he can turn the tables. BIOMETRIC (9) is an import having his second Australian start, forget he even went around at start one from arriving after he was held-up for the entire straight basically. PLEIN CIEL (2) looks the only other winning chance and happy to not play anything else in the Quaddie.
Race 8: Handicap 2040m
HARBOUR VIEWS (9) is one of mine, he does look a little under the odds at the moment but happy to be with him, especially if he drifts as expected. He is yet to miss a place in 8 career starts, he is yet to win at two runs this tie in but was good from the back at G3 level in SA last time. This is no harder and should be hitting the line hard.
ALL TOO HUIYING (7) was perfectly ridden and had every chance to win an easier race last time, doesn’t map as well here but the race looks no harder. DJANGO FREEMAN (2) is an import that has had 1 start in Oz, he has not missed a place in seven career starts. He was a little on-paced at Flemington but looks better suited getting out to the 2000m. HANG MAN (6) was huge in defeat at Caulfield after sitting three-wide no cover the majority and was only beaten a length. He maps a lot better here.
Race 9: Fillies and Mares BM84 Handicap 1200m
I was right against BROADWAYANDFOURTH (8) last start (I seemed to be one of only a few) but she could not have been more impressive. She was worse than mid-field in the run, got to the middle of the track and charged home to win, running away. Widely drawn, she will get back again.
LA TIGERESA (2) was most unlucky up the straight in a harder race last time, she got back and was running on when held-up for a furlong. Olly takes the ride. KABINI (1) has been racing consistently across the border, she outperformed her SP last start in the G3 Proud Miss Stakes after a beautiful ride. This is no harder and maps to get a soft run again. JAMIACAN HURRY (6) won three in a row before failing in a harder race against the girls last time, she ran on well but just found one better with a big margin to third.