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Australian Racing: All eyes on Moonee Valley

While there's eight meetings set to take place on Friday all eyes will be on Moonee Valley with the Melbourne venue set to play host to four Group races with the speedsters set to do battle in the Group 1000m Moir Stakes.

Rothfire to take Moir


The big race of the day has attracted a field of 12 with Paulele and Rothfire vying for favouritism.
 
The James Cummings-trained Paulele showed good form at the top level in sprints earlier this year placing twice in Group 1 races at Eagle Farm including over 1300m in the Tab Kingsford-Smith Cup on his final start of the spell.

The drop back in distance isn't certain to suit the Dawn Approach entire with the four-year-old kept to longer distances since debuting with a two length victory over this course and distance in November 2020.

Rothfire is another to have shown good form over further last spell following up a fourth place finish in the previously mentioned Tab Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm with a third in the 1400m Stradbroke Handicap at the same venue in June.

Attracted support in the market ahead of a first up victory dropped to this trip in the Group 2 Mitty's McEwen Stakes at this venue earlier this month.
 
Had three of his rivals here behind him that day with Zoustyle (second), Coolangatta (third) and The Inferno (fourth) all reopposing and with a good draw in five Rothfire is taken to complete a double with Damian Lane in the saddle.


 

Ghanaati to return to winning ways

The first of the Moonee Valley races is the 1200m Group 3 Scarborough Stakes, restricted to three-year-old fillies.

English Riviera looks likely to jump as favourite having shown good form in Group company at two prior to delivering an impressive ten length success in a maiden at Ballarat Synthetic last month.

Showed that she is a force to be reckoned with in sprints this campaign when a close up fourth in the Cap D'Antibes Stakes over 1100m at Flemington just under two weeks ago but may have to give best to Ghanaati who can upset some better fancied rivals in this field.

Damien Oliver, on board here was in the saddle when the daughter of Deep Impact bounded clear of her rivals to deliver an impressive victory in an 1100m stakes contest at Flemington on debut in June.

Suffered an odds-on defeat when runner-up over the same trip at Caulfield subsequently and while the pick could finish only tenth following an awkward start in the 1100m Cap D'Antibes Stakes at Flemington earlier this month she was returning from a short break that day and is capable of better.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained filly has drawn the rail here and should be able to hold a good early position in this ten runner field.


 

Take Frida in finale

The Group 2 Stocks Stakes over 1600m wraps up the Moonee Valley card and the race, restricted to fillies and mares has attracted a field of 11 with Kissonallforcheeks expected to jump as favourite following a triumph at this level in the Let's Elope Stakes over 1400m at Flemington earlier this month.
 
While Nick Ryan's charge has run well over this distance in the past when placed in the Group 1 Railway Stakes on a good 4 track at Ascot last November her best form has come over shorter and while the forecast soft 7 track is no issue it may prove profitable to take the five-year-old on.

Foxy Frida delivered a fourth in the previously mentioned Group 2 Let's Elope Stakes but it's notable that the distance that day 1400m is on the short side for the daughter of Foxwedge who's most recent victory came in a 2015m contest at Morphetville on her final start of her last spell.

The five-year-old placed second when beaten a head over this trip in the Group 2 Queen Of The South at Morphetville three starts back and with the wet track forecast in her favour Andrew Noblet's charge is selected to register a seventh career win.

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