Race Four Number 12 Another Valley (8th):
Eye catcher from this Taree visitor. It was never going to be easy as a three year old filly against some real hard, seasoned bush gallopers, but she closed off very well in a race where the speed wasn’t that quick.
Race Eight Number 8 Start Wondering (4th):
Combination of a wide gate and a wrong decision by McDonald cost this horse victory. Should have won by the length of the straight, but just got stuck three and four wide no cover throughout. I am not backing off my prediction that he is a Group l horse of the future. Given this gutbuster though, he could be a risk next start.
Race Two Number 7 Siegestor (1st):
Really good effort to win by this horse. Sat off a very moderate and was giving the leader 1.5kg in weight. Looked in trouble on the turn, but balanced up and savaged the line for a good win. That was only his third run back, so he has upside and is better on a bigger track.
Race Eight Number 4 Boomwaa (4th):
Bit unlucky here I thought, largely due to a poor error of judgement from the rider. Got in a bad buffeting duel on the turn and lost momentum when he had something to offer. Doubt he would have troubled the winner, but clearly should have run second.
Race Nine Number 4 Huka Eagle (8th):
Trialled like a star prior to resuming, but this run here was pretty ordinary after receiving every chance in the run by Sam Clipperton. Not a Saturday horse for now.
Horses sitting in the first three won seven of the eight races. I am starting to lose confidence in this track and it might be on the banned list if it keeps dishing up the crap we saw at this meeting.
Race Nine Number 17 Badajoz (7th):
He is not a Saturday horse. Not yet anyway, so I was shocked to see he was crunched in betting. First horse beat in a very disappointing effort.
Moonee Valley Race Nine Number 4 Boomwaa (4th)- Mick Dee:
Horses hard up against the inside had been figuring prominently throughout the program, so I would have thought from gate one he’d be following the leader all the way. Instead, he decided to look for a gap behind the favourite and as a result got in a bumping duel with Tykiato, costing it second place for sure. Dee gets it right more often than not with scenarios like this, but he got it badly wrong on this occasion.