Horse Racing Tips & Previews – Moonee Valley | Fri 18th Feb

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 5m entire circuit

Plenty of interest with a number of debutants in this. Settled on a debutant in CUT TO THE CHASE. Liked the way she stretched out to win Cranbourne trial and expect she will be well fancied in this.

ROARING MISS looked impressive in recent jumpout and from astute stable happy to stick with her at first start.

RUNAWAY BELLE was in the betting at Flemington on debut back in the Spring but was just one paced late. Sure to have matured off a break.


ZOUTELLUS looks to be building up to a win. She did it the hard way here last start but still fought the race out strongly for placing. Only needs to hold that form to be in the mix again.

LACRIMA deserves a chance in town. Two sound minor placings leading into this and third-up from spell she looks ready to find best form.

SUCCEED INDEED was sent out favourite at Bendigo last start and she finished hard to just miss in a driving finish. She gets chance to go one better.


ANGEL ROCK won with something in hand at Warrnambool two starts back then she went to Caulfield and just missed in a driving finish. Extra distance ideal and this a winnable race.

HOPKINS kept grinding away steadily enough here last start and ran into a distant minor placing here last start. Finds easier race and he will be right in the mix.

POLEAXED led throughout to win at Moe two starts back then he just missed in a close finish here last start. Drawn perfectly and like his chances in this field.


YULONG COMMAND should use his inside gate and lead these. Controlled race and won here last start and if he gets own way can win again.

GOLD SPARK resumes from spell. He only had the one run last time in work and won at Caulfield. Trial will have him fit for this and he must be included in chances.

CAPITAL REIGN comes into this ready third-up from spell. Placed at Randwick fresh then was not beaten all that far in better race last start. He can figure.


GROOVY KINDA LOVE started favourite at Caulfield first-up from spell but she had little luck final stages and went to line untested. She will be better from the outing and can get away with this.

TRADEWIND crosses the border with some sound Adelaide form behind him. Did too much early work last start and weakened final stages but his previous form good enough for this.

AUSTRATA had no luck here last start when always wide and entitled to tire as he did. Fitter from that effort and he will be right in the mix.


DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR just keeps winning. Got back before sweeping run out wide to get the major prize here last start. Hard to leave him out again.

FUTURE SCORE resumes from a spell. He has won a couple fresh and took on much better races than this last time in work. Watch for any market support.

ZA’EX showed nice turn-of-hoof to win at Cranbourne two back then backed that up with driving win here last start. He cannot be left out.


MICHIGAN resumes from spell. He finished too well to win with ease at Lakeside when first-up last time in work. Usually finds best when fresh and he can win this.

YULONG KNIGHT fought the race out strongly to win at Flemington last start. Going to need some luck from his wide gate but he is tough and will be a factor.

FIVE STAR DECANTER is another first-up from break. Won his first two career starts before battling in harder city races to end prep.


ELITE ICON is a smart gelding who was most impressive winning his maiden by a big space last start. He will win better races than this and can win again.

TESER was dominant over last 200m winning his maiden on debut at Moe. Had a break since and sure to have matured. Drawn to get perfect run in transit and can win again.

SHARWIN gave them a galloping lesson at Pakenham last start. She is on the up but just going to need an ounce of luck from her wide barrier.

FINANCE CHOICE drove late to win maiden first-up then he relished the heavy ground and bolted in at Hamilton last start. Another that just needs some luck from barrier.