MOIR STAKES - 1000m, Moonee Valley R7
The speedsters are going to scorch the Moonee Valley turf in this edition of the Moir Stakes, let by hot favourite Imperatriz coming off a course record last start at the track and distance, when winning the McEwen Stakes.
It’s impossible to tip against the star New Zealand mare, especially given that the last time we saw her before that McEwen was also here at the Valley, where she took out the William Reid over Group 1 winners Bella Nipotina and Roch ‘N’ Horse. She has won 14 of her 20 starts, five of them at the highest level.
Imperatriz has drawn to stalk the hot speed, to be set by Acromantula and Zoustyle along with Asfoora, Rothfire and Generation, and should be able to power over the top.
Rothfire is just so consistent in these sprint races. We’ll never know how good he might have been if not breaking down in the 2020 Golden Rose, but he’s been Group 1 placed four times as an older horse and is forever knocking on the door but finding one or two better.
Asfoora has always threatened to win at Group 1 level, and was scintillating first-up at Caulfield. She’s a superb 1000m-1100m sprinter that might be in for her best prep yet, but is she as dynamite second-up as she is when resuming?
Uncommon James was an outstanding winner of the Oakleigh Plate in February, and a repeat of that performance would give Imperatriz something to think about. Could he be a late-comer to the Everest party if he can secure a win here, with nothing to suggest he won’t improve again as a now five-year-old.
Acromantula will take them along but needs to find quite a bit to be competitive here. The Inferno is a difficult horse to place, but this race isn’t it. Zoustyle seems a bit long in the tooth to mix it with the best these days. Generation needs something easier but is capable of running a drum on his day.
Selections: 1.Imperatriz 2.Rothfire 3.Uncommon James 4.Asfoora
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