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Moonee Valley Race 6: McKenzie Stakes 1200m

21/08/2015: If class alone was the factor of this race Odyssey Moon wins by a couple of lengths but issues of first run at this track, a track that does not suit some horses, and first up over the distance when drawn wide doesn't mean "here's the winner". Nevertheless, I am taking the chance on class (look at those Sydney runs at Group level) and D Oliver (a class act himself) and it will depend on price if I bet. From here it’s a raffle as the rest of my chances are separated by minimal issues of form and some guesswork as is often the case with fields comprising young improving horses.

Moonee Valley Race 6. RaceTime: AEST 15:20, 22/08/2015

RACEMAPMcKenzie Stakes 1200m
Front Runners (2) Gold Busker, (12) Bon Aurum.
On Pacers (1) Boston Light, (5) Well Sprung, (8) Danuki, (10) Odyssey Moon.
Mid Fielders (6) Destiny's Reward, (7) Vicious, (9) Trench Fighter, (11) Jobodwana.
Get Back (3) Manhattan Blues, (4) El Greco.
PACE COMMENTS Most sprint races at Moonee Valley are speedy events and this race will be no different. With Bon Aurum needing to cross over and the likelihood Gold Buster will kick up from his advantageous barrier the pace should be solid early. Well Sprung jumped awkwardly at his first race start but was soon outside the leader and with experience he could lead without surprising. Don't panic if you are on a backmarker.
CHANCESMcKenzie Stakes 1200mOrderMargin
Odyssey Moon PLUS: Group 1 and 2 performer last campaign when not winning but running great races. A 0
  MINUS: One win seven career runs, zero from four distance but unfair to condemn.    
Bon Aurum PLUS: One from two distance, classic young improver, needed last run off 25 days. B 0.25
  MINUS: Nil.    
Vicious PLUS: Very forgivable last run, top stable improves young horses. C 0.5
  MINUS: Nil.    
Destiny's Reward PLUS: Improver off first up run. D 0.75
  MINUS: Distance query but breeding suggests okay.    
El Greco PLUS: One from one distance, five from five quinella efforts. E 1
  MINUS: Forty two days break, gets back.    
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