R&S Thoughts - Moir Stakes

Racing & Sports expert Adam Blencowe with our look at the Group 1 Moir Stakes on Friday at Moonee Valley.

McEwan Stakes winner ROTHFIRE a 'terrific chance', says Adam Blencowe.
McEwan Stakes winner ROTHFIRE a 'terrific chance', says Adam Blencowe. Picture: Racing Photos

The 'Thrilla from Chinchilla', Rothfire, parlayed a return to form over the Queensland Winter into a return to the winner's circle early in the Melbourne Spring, winning the McEwen Stakes, the key lead-up to Friday night's Group One Moir Stakes. 

A Timeform rating of 120 in the McEwen marks Rothfire down as a terrific chance of doubling up at the same course and distance with only a handful of Moir winners in recent times having bettered that mark – and there are no Black Caviar's or Buffering engaged this year. 

It is interesting to note that in the past dozen years since the Black Caviar era the McEwen has thrown up no winners of the Moir and that despite seven winners being among the 27 runners that have used it as a Moir springboard. 

There is one rated above Rothfire though, and one that now travels that path from Queensland to Melbourne that so many, including Rothfire, have used to great effect – the 121-rated Paulele. 

The Queensland bump has been observable for some time now.

Racing in the warmer climates of Queensland in the early winter while others are standing in cold paddocks getting ring rusty appears to be an advantage. Staying fit and practising racing might make better racehorses!  

Competitive racing against tough opposition might be the making of Paulele who produced his best effort to date in the Doomben 10 000 and followed it up with a similar effort in the Kingsford Smith. 

His hurdle now might be a return to 1000m, a trip he hasn't seen since his Moonee Valley debut where he was a good winner. He has won twice at 1100m since, including one of his three first up wins from as many attempts, and that Rosebud win at the start of last spring was a high-rating performance – one that bodes well for his chances in the Moir. 

Paulele isn't the only one using Queensland instead of the McEwen as her lead up. 

September Run takes the same path, unseen since running fifth in the Kingsford Smith behind Paulele, and she had previously run to her 116-rated best and won at the top level around Moonee Valley. 

That William Reid success was over 1200m and a return to 1000m might not suit her strong-finishing style ideally. 

She is yet to win in four runs at the minimum trip and found trouble in this race last year as things unfolded too quickly for her but she was never seen at her best in that campaign and, having returned to that in the autumn, could be a better version of herself 12 months on. 


Racing and Sports



Moonee Valley

Friday, 23rd September 2022

7
21:15
(local)

Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
AUD $1,004,000
1000m TURF SOFT
7
21:15
(local)
AUD $1,004,000
1000m SOFT

Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 12. COOLANGATTA (AUS) 3yo F
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - PIPING HOT (AUS)
JAMIE KAH
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$6.50
50.0kg
J A O'Neill, A Kheir, B D Nettlefold, D Edmonds, Ms K L Solomon, V Kheir, Carty Racing (Mgr: B C Carty), Mrs D A Bourne, Group 1 Bloodstock (Mgr: M P Becker), A P Scafidi, Yes Bloodstock & Solscaf Racing (Mgr: A J Scafidi)

Sales Information

2nd 9. BELLA NIPOTINA (AUS) 5yo M
PRIDE OF DUBAI (AUS) - BELLA ORFANA (AUS)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$19.00
56.5kg
M B Christian, Ms S M Miller, Mrs P T Christian, A S Ingersole, M Johnston, Porter Pelchen Bloodstock (Mgr: W S Pelchen) & B G Christian

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3rd 4. ZOUSTYLE (AUS) 7yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - FASHION (GER)
DAMIEN OLIVER
TONY GOLLAN
$13.00
58.5kg
Desharon Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: D R Whybird) & Stableboard Bloodstock (Mgr: R Board)

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4th 6. GENERATION (AUS) 4yo H
SNITZEL (AUS) - FONTITON (AUS)
MARK ZAHRA
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$11.00
58.5kg

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5th 3. ROTHFIRE (AUS) 5yo G
ROTHESAY (AUS) - HUSS ON FIRE (NZ)
DAMIAN LANE
ROBERT HEATHCOTE
$3.00
58.5kg
6th 2. PAULELE (AUS) 4yo H
DAWN APPROACH (IRE) - CHATOYANT (AUS)
JAMES MCDONALD
JAMES CUMMINGS
$4.40
58.5kg
7th 11. MILEVA (AUS) 5yo M
HEADWATER (AUS) - LADY EINSTEIN (AUS)
DANIEL MOOR
PHILLIP STOKES
$51.00
56.5kg

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8th 8. SEPTEMBER RUN (AUS) 5yo M
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - PITTSBURGH FLYER (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
CHRIS WALLER
$19.00
56.5kg

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9th 10. ISOTOPE (AUS) 5yo M
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - GREAT DANSAAR (AUS)
JYE MCNEIL
TONY GOLLAN
$19.00
56.5kg

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10th 5. MALKOVICH (AUS) 5yo H
CHOISIR (AUS) - MABKHARA (AUS)
MS RACHEL KING
BJORN BAKER
$21.00
58.5kg

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11th 1. THE INFERNO (AUS) 6yo G
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) - SPINA ROSA (AUS)
BLAKE SHINN
CLIFF BROWN
$17.00
58.5kg

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12th 7. EXTREMELY LUCKY (AUS) 4yo G
EXTREME CHOICE (AUS) - TAMARIND LANE (AUS)
BEN MELHAM
WILL CLARKEN
$19.00
58.5kg

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