Russian Revolution Leads AJ Moir Stakes Betting
Friday offers Australia’s online sports betting fans Spring night racing to punt on at Moonee Valley. The feature race attracting the Melbourne faithful will be the AJ Moir Stakes, a 1000m Group 1 weight-for-age sprint with prize money of $500,000. It’s often a good race at which to spot strong contenders for Melbourne Cup Carnival races later in the year.
A field of 17 had been confirmed for Friday night’s race, with 4-year-old entire Russian Revolution, sired by Snitzel, the favourite at $3.30. Over the distance, his draw at Barrier 14 may not be an issue. Second-favourite is 3-year-old filly She Will Reign at $4.00, after racking up an impressive record of 5: 4-1-0 in a year. At $8.00, 6-year-old mare Sheidel is also worth considering, with the other 14 entrants all offered at above $10.00.
Bill Stutt Stakes Offers Gallopers a Mile
Testing the stayers on Friday night is the Gr. 2 Bill Stutt Stakes for 3-year-olds. Run over 1600m, or one mile, at set weights for a purse of $200,000, it’s seen as a prelude to the Caulfield Guineas later in October. The favourite is Showtime, at $3.30, but Azazel is close behind at $3.70; both colts were also sired by Snitzel. Masculino is the only other colt in the field of 12 at odds below $10.00.
The other mile race on Moir Stakes Night is the 1600m Gr. 2 WH Stocks Stakes, for total prize money of $200,000. It’s a weight-for-age race restricted to mares, which is helpful later in the season when considering the form for the mares-only Myer Classic. New Zealand 4-year-old I Am A Star is the $3.10 favourite, with Hell Or Highwater at $4.20, Montoya’s secret at $9.00 and Lizzie L’Amour, drawn at Barrier 1, at $9.50.
JRA Cup Quality Handicap Tests Stayers
The race that is going to test the stamina of the stayers at Moonee Valley on Friday night is the Gr. 3 JRA Cup, a quality handicap with a purse of $200,000, run over 2040m. Betting sites are less emphatic about the favourite in the 13-horse field, with 6-year-old gelding Star Exhibit at $4.40, and four other horses offered at below $10.00.
The other contenders are 3-year-old Irish gelding Foundation, at $5.00, and three New Zealand horses: 4-year-old entire Jon Snow, at $5.50, 8-year-old gelding Ecuador, at $6.50, and 5-year-old gelding Tavago, at $8.50.