Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Friday’s Moonee Valley meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 8 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Good 4
Rail Position: Out 3m entire circuit
MATAO MA has been a model of consistency with four straight placings leading into this. He has plenty of early speed and back to the 1200m looks a winning move.
CHAIN comes into this ready third-up from spell. Led them up for long way when beaten odds on favourite first-up then backed that up with last start placing. Must include.
PLAGIARIZED has shown enough in two trials. Most recent he was placed Geelong trial 1000m (1:03.37) 26/1. Must always respect stable debutants.
Tip: MATAO MA
Liked the way AWARD ME battled on when just found one better at Lakeside on debut. She will be better from the race experience and can improve enough to get away with this.
JENNI OF AVALON has been racing well this time in. Comes into this off the back of two solid placings and she will not be maiden for much longer.
EBONY KING looks the likely speed and if he can get his own way up front he will take some catching from the corner.
Tip: AWARD ME
AGNELLI chased home the smart Gentleman Roy at The Valley last start. He only needs to find that form to get away with this.
Thought HOPKINS should have finished a touch closer here last start. Drawn to get the perfect run in transit and if he can sit a bit closer may surprise.
SHAKESPEARE was an eye catcher here last start when powered home from the back and ran into minor placing. Will give them a start but watch for him last 200m.
ANGEL LIKE ran on soundly to place here last start. Finds a similar race and expect she will be in the finish again. Happy to have something each way on her.
DESTINY DIAMOND won two in a row at Geelong before placing here last start. Has the speed to go forward and will take catching from the corner.
MADAME BOLLI is the big query resuming from a spell. May have had enough when failed here before going for a break. Watch for any market support.
Tip: ANGEL LIKE
DIRECT looks little better than these. Led a hot field and split two smart ones at Flemington before break. If fit enough he should win this.
GLAMOUR AND GLORY comes into this off solid Flemington placing. She has race fitness on the top-weight and she looks the major danger.
LOVIE MAY jumped to the front and got her maiden out of the way at Stony Creek last start. She will be up front for a long way.
SNAPPED was well supported at Pakenham on debut and she creating a big impression leading all the way to win with ease. Expect she will lead again and she is the one to catch.
I AM READY has plenty of speed and just found one better at Flemington last start. Should be suited around The Valley and she will be competitive for a long way.
HAI SUN resumes from a spell. She won well at Caulfield when fresh last time in work and from ideal barrier draw looks a major player.
MARS MISSION was impressive winning his maiden at Warwick Farm first-up from a spell. Drawn to get the perfect sit in behind the speed and should finish too well for these.
HE’S THE ULTIMATE did not have all that much luck at Pakenham last start but still finished well enough to get the job done. Drawn perfectly and can go on with it here.
PICARGO has been placed in two of his three runs this time in. Must always respect the stable when they cross the border.
Tip: MARS MISSION
RUMBLED AGAIN has found a purple patch of form winning her last two at Cranbourne and Pakenham respectively. No reason she cannot continue working through her grades and she looks juicy each way odds.
DELIGHTFUL JOURNEY won by a big space at Cranbourne two starts back then he chased home steadily here last start. This looks no harder.
BARRAGUNDA did a few things wrong when laying in final stages at Pakenham but still finished in the placings. Would not leave him out of exotics from ideal barrier.