The 2017 Golden Slipper resumes for her 3YO term as the starting point of her campaign aimed towards scaling The Everest. Her only miss during her 5 starts 2YO season came in the G2 Reisling Stakes when finishing 2.3 lengths in arrears of Frolic where she started a short priced favourite. Her season was rounded out with an emphatic win in the Golden Slipper where she turned the tables on Frolic to win by the same margin she was defeated the start prior. Given 2 trials to prepare for her return the first was a nice effort when 2nd to Single Bullet with Chautauqua in 3rd. The 2nd trial was a sharper effort when zipping home the last 600m in 33.6 seconds without being asked for any effort. McEvoy is up for the first time at what will be her first the run left-handed way.
The gun sprinter is second-up this campaign and could not have been any more impressive at his return in the McEwen Stakes here at Moonee Valley. Jumping well from gate 4 he was positioned perfectly by Mark Zahra and when asked for the effort let down powerfully to score by just over one length. He came out of a trial at Randwick where he was placed 2nd that has proved to be a strong form trial. The hit-out was taken won by Redzel with Happy Clapper 3rd, the top 3 having all won at Group level at their first-up runs. Hugh Bowman takes the ride for the first time under race conditions on the entire, however he did partner the son of Snitzel in both trials before his McEwen win. Despite the wide barrier, there has already been some solid support to see his quote cut from the $3.30 open to $3.10.
With a tough gate to overcome, the daughter of Lonhro will need to be at her Valley best, but at the odds looks to be worth some each-way value. The 5YO will be third-up this prep after resuming in the Listed Norman Carlyon where she finished a half-length from the winner Missrock who had a 1kg pull in the weights. Second-up in the McEwen she led the field and it was only the power of Russian Revolution that she couldn't hold out in taking 2nd place. A real 'Valley Specialist", the mare has never finished outside the top 3 at the track with her record showing 8:3-3-2, all of those runs at this distance. Attempting to get the mare to settle better at the barriers where she has been known to fizz-up, she will be led into the gates in a blindfold instead of the barrier blanket and regular rider Damian Lane stays aboard.
The Magic Man will ride the 6YO and has partnered the mare on three previous occasions. Of those rides he has been able to win twice including at the elite level when taking out the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in the Autumn. Resuming over 1100m in The Heath, Craig Williams was up and had the mare settled close to the speed but she couldnt finish it off when finishing 1.5 lengths from the winner Voodoo Lad. She had trialled in good style to prepare for her return with a 7 length romp in defeating Redkirk Warrior. Dropping back to the five furlong scamper of the Moir, the blinkers are added for the first time on the mare that has 2 wins when second-up. Despite a strong record at the distance, Moreira will need to be at his magic best with the mare who is yet to win at The Valley.
Approaching veteran status, the 8YO resumes for another campaign and has trialled twice at Warwick Farm to prepare. Yet to miss a place when fresh, his record is an impressive 9: 6-2-1 and for that reason stays under notice.
Ben Melham will ride the 6Y) after he declared himself unavailable to make the weight on She Will Reign who he rode to victory in the Slipper. Malaguerra is 5 from 6 when resuming and is 1 from 2 at the Valley. The wide gate hurts.
Another well credentialed runner that has drawn poorly. He resumed for victory in The Heath over 1100m before being well held down the straight-six in the Bobbie Lewis behind Redkirk Warrior. He is 2 from 2 on the track.
Trained in the West by Chris Gangemi, the veteran is a last start winner of the Belmont Sprint at 1400m where he defeated Scales Of Justice. Regular pilot Jarrad Noske heads east to maintain his association with the gelding who was a credible 4th in the William Reid back in March over 1200m here at the Valley.
Derryn resumes from a break and has not been seen in any public trials to prepare. Last seen in the Stradbroke at Doomben back in June, the 4YO races at the Valley for the first time in his career and does have a victory at the distance.
An outsider at big odds, the well-travelled Jungle Edge is second-up after resuming in the Norman Carlyon. Regular rider Kevin Forrester stays aboard.
The 5YO has been specked at odds and after opening at $34 has seen his quote halved to a $16 quote. First-up since The G1 Goodwood at Morphettville back in May, the gelding is a three-time winner when fresh and the blinkers go back on.
Looking to secure victory for South Australia, Viddora resumes from a break and was last seen in the UBET Classic when finishing 2nd to Secret Agenda. Tuned up with a 100m trial at Morphettville, it was a tidy effort when 2nd to Benz. Her first-up record is strong at 6: 2-2-1.
A 4YO daughter of Bel Esprit, Sweet Sherry resumes from a break having last raced in the The Goodwood when finishing 3.7 lengths from the winner Vega Magic. A narrow victory in the G2 Euclase Stakes saw her force her way into the big Adelaide sprint. She has two wins when resuming from four attempts.
Known as the The Schweppes Stakes, the race is officially registered as the A J Moir Stakes and is held at Moonee Valley where the club has held the race on the Friday night before the AFL Grand Final since 2013. Run over 1000m at standard weight-for-age, the race is named in honour of Alan John Moir, a former committeeman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club.
First held in 1976 as a principal race and run over 1000m, the race was given Group 2 status in 1979 and promoted to the elite level in 2013 to coincide with the date shift away from Cox Plate day. From 2007 to 2014 the race was held over 1200m and then in 2015 reverted back to the 1000m.
Offering total prizemoney of $450,000. Mick Price trained Extreme Choice was successful in 2016 when ridden by Craig Newitt. Other past winners include the dual winner Buffering, Black Caviar, Miss Andretti, Apache Cat, Schillaci and the inaugural winner Scamanda in 1976.
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|Date:||Friday 29 September 2017|
|Race Time:||21:30 AEST|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||Weight for Age|
|2016 Winner:||Extreme Choice|
|Bet on the A J Moir Stakes|
A weight-for-age race, the AJ Moir Stakes was traditionally a great starting point for sprinters chasing Carnival glory. However, the race which began in 1976, and was elevated to Group 2 status three years later, is now a feature in its own right during the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the AJ Moir Stakes Night. Originally contested over 1000m, the Moir distance was extended to 1200m in 2006 and gained Group 1 status in 2013. There have been many star sprinters that have won the AJ Moir Stakes over the years. Australia’s first million dollar horse Manikato, Perth flyer Placid Ark, Queenslanders Falvelon and Buffering, much-loved local Apache Cat, and super-mares Spinning Hill, Miss Andretti and the unbeaten Black Caviar (twice).
The AJ Moir Stakes was named after former Chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club and well-known Melbourne solicitor Alan John Moir (of the firm Gillott, Moir and Winneke – now Minter Ellison). While it still hasn’t gained the prestige of the Group 1 Manikato Stakes or the Group 1 VRC Sprint, this race attracts stars in its own right, especially those who can handle the tight Moonee Valley track. In 2012, Buffering took out both the AJ Moir and the Schillaci Stakes, a double done twelve months earlier by wonder-mare Black Caviar.
|2016||EXTREME CHOICE||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||00:58.7|
|2015||BUFFERING||DAMIEN BROWNE||ROBERT HEATHCOTE||00:57.2|
|2014||BUFFERING||DAMIEN BROWNE||ROBERT HEATHCOTE||01.10.9|
|2013||SAMAREADY||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01.11.2|
|2012||BUFFERING||HUGH BOWMAN||ROBERT HEATHCOTE||01.10.9|
|2011||BLACK CAVIAR||LUKE NOLAN||PETER MOODY||01.10.1|
|2010||BLACK CAVIAR||LUKE NOLAN||PETER MOODY||01.11.0|
|2009||APACHE CAT||DAMIEN OLIVER||GREG EURELL||01.10.0|
|2008||LUCKY SECRET||DANNY BRERETON||TONY VASIL||01.09.9|
|2007||MISS ANDRETTI||CRAIG NEWITT||LEE FREEDMAN||01.10.6|
|2006||CALIFORNIA DANE||KIEREN FALLON||LEE FREEDMAN||00.58.4|