Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, looks at Friday night’s Moonee Valley meeting, with horse racing tips & analysis for all eight races on the card. Good luck, punters!

Track Condition: Good 4

Rail Position: Out 7m, entire circuit

I’m going with the experienced ones here. HELLION OF CLUSTER has drawn beautifully in the 3 gate and rattled home on debut to grab 3rd at Bendigo. This doesn’t look any harder. The same type of race OREGON PINOT was an unlucky 4th. Beaten less than 2 lengths and the form from that race is excellent. Sure to make presence felt. PARURE is nicely bred and should be thereabouts.


Such a tough race to work out. Not much form to work with. NORTH TREK was a solid 3rd here on debut and that must make him a big show. Is fitter now. TOM THE STAR has the good draw and has shown talent placing twice from 2 starts to date. Must be in your numbers. HARD BORDER should sidle up into the box seat from here and did place at Benalla on debut.


BEEHUNTER has the bad draw otherwise he’d be a $4.00 chance. Has shown talent at just his 2 starts to date placing here this grade last start. If he gets cover can come home hard late. IGNITING is in form and racing to this level. Won mdn last start. His stablemate OVERKILL resumes here but has been working the house down. And did win mdn just before spell.  Fitter now.


Because he’s very fit now and drawn well makes EXASPERATE a player here. Great run with light weight when 2nd at Flemington last start in better grade. Big danger. STAR MISSILE is 2nd up her and won when 2nd up last campaign. Fair effort when 8th last start. SUNDAY SPRAY hasn’t won for a while but last start at BM90 level was solid. Big show also.


This is a rather nice race for OUR GLADIATOR off the inside pole. He can go hard and did win this track and trip last start when resuming. Big 3kg weight relief makes her even harder to beat. EXPLICITLY is a pretty honest campaigner and his win at Flemington last start in a BM 70 was a solid pointer for this. THE COMMONER is lightly raced but already won 3 races. She has won at this track too so looms large.


Lots of out of form runners here. So I like RAINBOW GIRL who placed here last start, FIGHT who resumed with a good 5th in 955m dash and RHAMES who resumes here but showed good ability when last in work.


The 2kg claim will help MR ONE ELEVEN here. He has the good draw and recent form is good enough to win this. DARK PEARL is down from Sydney where form is first-rate for a race like this. He’s very fit too and will be in a great spot from the get-go. Big danger. RELIABELLE is a good, honest mare in this grade at this trip. Will be boxing on gamely with the main ones late.


Hard to pass by HUNBOSHI who should be great each way value. She hits the line hard and placed in better grade last start. IGNORED has drawn a little wide but has been steadily getting herself into form and last start placing here suggests she now is. Big show. PINA was disappointing last start but it was 2500m and she may not have run the trip. May surprise.