Grand Final Eve at Moonee Valley Offers Impressive Racing

Any interested in getting Grand Final weekend off to an early start might want to cast a glance in the direction of the Moonee Valley Racecourse, where a Friday evening meeting will offer some marquee races, with the Group 1 A.J. Moir Stakes headlining a card that features plenty of Group level racing.

Also jumping will be the Group 2s Stuff Stakes and the WH Stocks Stakes. Groups 3s will be the JRA Cup and the Champagne Stakes.

If high level racing of this sort does not get a rise out of the punter within you, it is hard to imagine what would.

The Moir Stakes is a weight-for-age sprint of 1000 m that has featured some famous winners. Buffering won in 2014 and 2015, and a few years prior, it was Black Caviar in 2010 and 2011.

Last year, the race was won by Extreme Choice that beat favourite Chautauqua, but it seems as though Chautauqua came on the stronger of the two in terms of subsequent career. It is worth noting that Extreme Choice had a 6.5 kg advantage in the race, which is approximately the amount of weight Hugh Bowman needs to lose under Racing Victoria’s new policy of not adding weight to horses at final nominations if he wants to ride the Caulfield or Melbourne Cups.

For this year’s Moir Stakes, Russian Revolution ($3) is the early favourite, followed by She Will Reign ($4.20) and Malaguerra ($8).

The final field is not yet set and barriers have not been drawn, but there were nine runners last year.

At least we are honest. Another more knowledgeable expert, one who can predict the future, on September 17 declared She Will Reign the 2017 winner.

How we wish we could do that sort of thing. Perhaps said expert is a time traveler from the future who has become disoriented from all the time hopping he or she has done, but we do wish that this expert would contact us, giving us the final scores and margins of the Grand Finals while we have time to get some good punts on.

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