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Moir Stakes preview

The Melbourne spring is starting to get serious now with the Group 1 Moir Stakes being run on Friday night at Moonee Valley, to keep out of the way of Saturday's AFL Grand Final.

Making his first appearance on the blog is budding young writer, Mitch Nicholls, @mitchnicholls1. Welcome aboard!

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Moir Stakes preview
G1 1200m
Moonee Valley 8.15pm Melbourne time, 11.15am UK


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Only a small field of five to contest the 1200m Moir Stakes. What it lacks in size, makes up in class! Every horse should get a good run, and we all but rule out horses getting blocked for runs, so every horse gets there chance.

Lankan Rupee: On the surface he was very disappointing here first-up beaten a head by Angelic Light, when he started 1.22. He went hard in front (outside the leader), and was brave to the line, whereas the mare got the soft run in behind and managed to nab him in the closing stages. He’s always been a horse who excels over 1200m, with wins in the G1 Newmarket Handicap and the G1 TJ Smith Stakes, Australia’s most premier sprint races. Second-up last prep he won the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), beating a top class handicap field, within a streak of six straight wins last prep. He should be able to dictate this race up on the speed and show his explosive turn of foot around the bend.

Buffering: Is without doubt Australia’s second-best sprinter behind Lankan Rupee. He had a disappointing autumn, but he flies first-up winning the G1 Manikato Stakes (Track/Distance) last spring beating home star Hong Kong sprinter Lucky Nine.

Angelic Light: Caused a huge boilover beating star sprinter Lankan Rupee. Had the run of the race, and a fitness edge on the day. She’s flying, and strips fitter third-up 1200m. She’s more than capable over causing another boilover here, and I’ll be keeping a close eye on her over the spring.

Rebel Dane: Is a smart type who ran second to Lankan Rupee in the G1 TJ Smith Stakes. He’ll really improve when he gets to 1400m, expect him to be running on strongly as usual.

Unpretentious: Out of his depth, rated 16 points below the favourite. Then again, Angelic Light is only rated one point higher...

Suggested Bet: Win bet Lankan Rupee. The price is short but he'll be able to dictate terms here, and in a small field, he wins this more than two times out of every three. That makes the price of 1.5 worth taking.

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