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2022 Moir Stakes Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

Racing under lights resumes with a bang on Friday night, with the running of the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Held over the flying 1000m, the $1m weight for age scamper traditionally attracts a quality field of sprinters and the winners list certainly backs that up.

Manikato (1982), Schillachi (1992), Falvelon (2000), Miss Andretti (2007) and Apache Cat (2009) are just a few names that jump off the page, as well as Champion unbeaten mare, Black Caviar, who won the race two years in a row in 2010 and 2011, only to be outdone by Qld warhorse, Buffering, who took home the trophy in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Team Snowden trained galloper, Wild Ruler, held off the late charge of The Inferno to claim victory in last year’s Moir with Daniel Moor on board.

Looking at the market, Dabble has TJ Smith placegetter, Paulele, a narrow favourite at $4.20 just ahead of last start McEwen Stakes winner, Rothfire, at $4.40. Fellow Queenslander, Zoustyle, is next best at $7.50 ahead of Generation at $8.50.

We know Moonee Valley can be a tricky place to find a winner and as the market suggests, this year’s Moir is anyone’s race. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you and provided our horse racing tips! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2022 Moir Stakes along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. The Inferno (8) – $21
Jockey – Blake Shinn 58.5kg
Trainer – Cliff Brown

Former Singapore star sprinter who didn’t get the race run to suit first up but still made good late ground. Flashed home to be beaten by a nostril in this race last year and has to be considered a chance of going one better here if he can stay in touch early.

2. Paulele (6) – $4.20F
Jockey – James McDonald 58.5kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Resumes here after a super trial win in Sydney. Has some strong form lines around the likes of Nature Strip and Mazu, and is a winner here at the Valley. Good gate, good jock, good chance!

3. Rothfire (5) – $4.40
Jockey – Damian Lane 58.5kg
Trainer – Robert Heathcote

Had a nice run in transit first up in the McEwen and won well. Should get similar conditions here and his first up win keeps his unbeaten 1000m record intact. One of the main winning hopes.

4. Zoustyle (9) – $7.50
Jockey – Damien Oliver 58.5kg
Trainer – Tony Gollan

Jumped a bit tardy first up in the McEwen but still managed to lead and hold on well behind Rothfire. No doubt he will be looking to lead again and will be out to go one better. Can win.

5. Malkovich (3) – $26
Jockey – Rachel King 58.5kg
Trainer – Bjorn Baker

Led Eduardo first up over the 1000m at Randwick but was no match late. Should be suited by a drier track here and one would think he will handle the tight Valley circuit. Gets a few ticks for a horse at big odds.

6. Generation (2) – $8.50
Jockey – Mark Zahra 58.5kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Narrowly defeated first up at Caulfield and failed to win the race on protest in the stewards room. Will be fitter for that run and should get a nice trail from the inside gate. In form jock, Mark Zahra, sticks with him and he looks hard to beat.

7. Extremely Lucky (12) – $15
Jockey – Ben Melham 58.5kg
Trainer – Will Clarken

Adelaide visitor who went past them like they were nailed to the fence in the Lightning Stakes, before another good effort last start here at the Valley. Gets a few key gear changes and will be ridden cold from the outside barrier. Watch for him late.

8. September Run (7) – $15
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy 56.5kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

G1 William Reid winner here in the Autumn who resumes after two barrier trials in Sydney. The tempo of the race looks suitable and she should be doing her best work late.

9. Bella Nipotina (11) – $14
Jockey – Craig Williams 56.5kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Good win in Listed grade this track/distance first up. Has always raced in the top grade and rarely runs a bad race. Will need a touch of luck from the wide draw but she shouldn’t be far away from the action.

10. Isotope (4) – $18
Jockey – Jye McNeil 56.5kg
Trainer – Tony Gollan

Talented Qld mare who pulled up with the thumps first up at Caulfield. Has a good second up record and is effective at 1000m. If she turns up and runs up to her best, she’s definitely in with a winning chance.

11. Mileva (10) – $51
Jockey – Daniel Moor 56.5kg
Trainer – Phillip Stokes

Led and was only collared late last start behind Bella Nipotina. She’s a genuine 1000m mare but this is her biggest test to date and the wide gate makes things complicated.

12. Coolangatta (1) – $10
Jockey – Jamie Kah 50kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Star 2YO who trialled like a rocket before a somewhat disappointing run first up as a 3YO in the McEwen. Should strip fitter here and draws the inside with no weight. May be worth another chance before we put the red line through her.

Final Word

As expected in a G1 1000m race, the sparks look set to fly from the second the gates open here. Zoustyle and Malkovich have an abundance of early toe and look the likely leaders, whilst Generation and Coolangatta off the inside draws will most likely take a trail.

Going with the Maher/Eustace runner, Generation, on top. His first up run at Caulfield was solid and he should be fitter for this second up. He races well here at the Valley and should be strong late over the 1000m with in-form hoop, Mark Zahra, on board.

Hard to knock Paulele who brings very strong form into this first up. He chased home Nature Strip and Eduardo in the TJ Smith last prep and was outbobbed by Mazu in the G1 Doomben 10,000. Looks to get a nice trail from the good draw and will be surging late.

September Run looks the best of the roughies for mine. Her latest trial at Randwick suggests she is in for a good prep and she’s already a G1 winner here at the Valley.

Former star 2YO, Coolangatta, can improve second up and gets in light with only 50kg on her back, and last start McEwen winner, Rothfire, and runner up, Zoustyle, can’t be left out of calculations.

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6. Generation – Each-way ($8.50/$2.80)

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2021 Moir Stakes Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

Moonee Valley Racecourse hosts their first Group One of the season and also the first Group One sprint nation-wide, the Moir Stakes. The 1000m dash has had 11 horses accept to face the starter, with plenty of The Everest hopefuls looking to make their case.  

With five slotholders yet to name their horse for The Everest, many are viewing this race as an audition for the richest race on turf. However, this isn’t a super talented Group One, with just three of the 11 horses having previously won a Group One while another three of the 11 are having their first taste of Group One racing. 

Exciting three-year-old colt Profiteer tops the market while last-start Group Two winner The Inferno is next best. Wild Ruler and September Run round out the top chances that are in single-figure odds, with this sure to be a cracking edition of the Moir Stakes. Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2021 Moir Stakes.

1.Trekking (3) – $12
Jockey – Craig Williams
Trainer – James Cummings

The Godolphin seven-year-old looks to tackle the Moir Stakes, where he finished a narrow second to Pippie last year, second up after finishing behind Nature Strip and Wild Ruler in the 1000m G3 Concorde. He has three wins and two seconds from nine second up runs and is the most credentialed runner in the race. Williams interestingly jumps off Waller’s September Run for this ride, indicating his thoughts on the two horses.

2. Wild Ruler (4) – $7.50
Jockey – Daniel Moor
Trainer – P & P Snowden

Yet to taste Group One success, despite being a two-time Group Two winner, Wild Ruler is on the hunt for a slot in The Everest. He finished ahead of Trekking and second to Nature Strip first up in the Concorde, is 3:1-0-1 second up and has finished in the top three in eight of his nine starts on a good surface. Will this be too good and too sharp for him?

3. The Inferno (5) – $5
Jockey – Damian Lane
Trainer – Cliff Brown

The Inferno is a last start G2 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes winner at this track and distance, which bodes well for his third up run and first crack at a Group One in Australia. He did all of his best work on a good track in Singapore and will have as good a chance as any jumping from barrier five. His turn of foot is eye-catching and he has beaten home two of his rivals for this race already.

4. Portland Sky (8) – $11
Jockey – Luke Currie
Trainer – Matt Laurie

Portland Sky was just 1L off The Inferno in the McEwen after leading throughout and just not having enough left in the tank. Despite the wide draw here, it may actually help him get into the run better and allow him to burst home down the short Moonee Valley straight. He has won one of his two second up runs, has finished in the top two in both of his starts at Group One level and should be a major player in this race.

5. September Run (1) – $8.50
Jockey – John Allen
Trainer – Chris Waller

Despite being just one of three Group One winners in the race, beating home Swats That and Wild Ruler in that win, September Run has her work cut out for her and may have no chance here. She was great in the McEwen and is one of the better horses in the race but is a backmarker and barrier 1 at the Valley is the last place you want to be with that running pattern. She may find herself with nowhere to run entering the straight and it will take an absolute peach of a ride by Allen to get her to the line first.

6. Swats That (9) – $18
Jockey – Damien Oliver
Trainer – L & T Corstens

With a career best performance of finishing 1.75L off Nature Strip, Swats That has to be respected. She is yet to win at Group One level, from four tries, but has finished in the top three in each of her three first up runs, including a win. Damien Oliver jumping on is a positive sign and her trainers are confident but they have admitted this is short of her best and she may need the run. 

7. Brooklyn Hustle (10) – $12
Jockey – Brett Prebble
Trainer – J Warren & D Krongold

While she is yet to place in each of her nine tries at Group One level, Brooklyn Hustle is one of the more exciting sprinters to watch at the moment and finished fourth in this race last year. The Huss is hard to catch for punters, does herself no favours by settling towards the back of fields and is similar to some other horses we have previewed so far this Spring that have flashy finishes and keep on teasing you, however her turn of foot from the top of the straight is up there with the best in the business. The in-form Brett Prebble jumps on and two of her four career wins have come first up.

8. Ballistic Lover (6) – $10
Jockey – Blaike McDougall
Trainer – Joseph Pride

Ballistic Lover is a last-start winner in the listed Carlyon but this is a massive step up in competition. She is yet to race at group level, let alone Group One level and may find this too tough. She does have two wins and a third from her three second up runs but is hard to pick against some of these.

9. Miss Albania (11) – $31
Jockey – Liam Riordan
Trainer – Enver Jusufovic

While she finished 3.25L off Ballistic Lover in the Carlyon last start, Miss Albania had genuine excuses after being four or five wide for most of the 1000m race. She beat the likes of Oxley Road and Deep Speed in her run prior to that and can compete. The wide draw means she will likely go back again but she is much better than a $35 chance.

10. Shaquero (2) – $26
Jockey – Damien Thornton
Trainer – Chris Waller

Shaquero has been an exciting horse to follow, ever since his surprise first up win on debut in the G3 Breeders’ Plate at Randwick on last year’s Turnbull Stakes Day. Waller has given him two trials in the lead up to this and they are chasing good results to help boost his breeding prices. He is over the odds here, especially considering the weights, but may not match it with some of these over 1000m.

11. Profiteer (7) – $4
Jockey – Jye McNeil
Trainer – M Price & M Kent Jr.

The boom colt who has taken over favoritism, Profiteer steps out onto the track for the first time since down as favourite in the Golden Slipper. He won two of his four starts as a two-year-old and has blistering pace that may not be matched by this. He will be out in front and it just comes down to whether he can get enough ahead that they won’t be able to catch him.

Final Word

There are a couple of live chances in this race and some horses that will want to be performing well, for various reasons. Profiteer looks an exciting type and should burst to the front, but will he run out of gas late? The Inferno is a last start winner at this track/distance but with the rail out 4m at The Valley, it benefits on pace runners, which he is not. September Run has the ability to win this race, but the draw has done her now favours and she might not find clear air until it is too late. 

Ultimately, there are three horses that have won a Group One heading into the Moir Stakes and we are with one of them to win this one. Portland Sky had a terrific run first up when racing up the front and just running out of gas in the straight. He had only had one trial leading into the McEwen and will be much better for that here, over the same track and distance. Two of his four wins have been on a good surface, he hasn’t finished out of the top two at Moonee Valley and hasn’t finished out of the top two when competing at Group One level.

Given he has proven himself at the level, track and distance, Portland Sky looks over the odds and is a great bet for the Moir Stakes. 

Best Moir Stakes Tip: Portland Sky – Each-Way ($11/$3.40)

There is more Group One racing happening this weekend! If you want to check out our Runner-By-Runner analysis of the Golden Rose, click here! If you want a preview of the five-horse field contesting the Underwood Stakes, click here!

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*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of Neds.