The 2011 Moonee Valley Cup (Drake International) form guide shows a clear distinction between the top contenders and those that look like facing an uphill battle over the 2500m trip.
In fact of the top 13 horses we can identify a group of five that we think will be battling out the positions at the end of the Moonee Valley circuit.
Americain, Linton, Tullamore, Shewan and Illo all appear to be the horses on the way up and the ones that are best suited to this race.
While for many of these the Melbourne Cup is the main consideration in 11 days time the fact is for a heap of them the only way they’ll make the field is with success here.
That means it’s going to be a frantic 2500m and one well worth watching.
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2011 Moonee Valley Cup (Drake International) Form Guide
Returning Melbourne Cup champion won’t be quite peaked for this run but he won’t be far away and that could be enough. Won his lead up race before the Cup last year, may well happen again.
First up finished fifth at Caulfield but will have improved from that run. He can run out this journey as well and could be a chance at long odds.
Was dead set horrible last time out but he’s a better horse than that. He’ll appreciate the extra trip and we’re betting he doesn’t run that bad again.
Outstanding last start run in the Caulfield Cup working from wide throughout to still run home in third spot. With an easier journey here he could find himself in front at the line.
Fantastic win last start in the Herbert Power over Tanby and it was franked by Tanby backing up to run second in the Geelong Cup on Wednesday. On the way up, needs a win to make Melbourne Cup field.
German horse first up for Bart Cummings but we won’t know what we’re getting until we see it. Word is he’s promising but will he be ready to go first up or will he need a run under his belt?
Good kiwi horse but has been a bit out of sorts so far this prep. In fact on current form you simply can’t have him. Ran fifth in the 2010 Melbourne Cup.
Good second place finish in the Cranbourne Cup but steps up in grade here. Can’t see him figuring against these but he’s certainly a solid horse.
Was second last in the Cranbourne Cup so on that form he’s one we’ll be skipping.
This horse will win a good race one day, unfortunately we’ve not idea when that will happen. He’s always sniffing around the top five or six but just lacks that final length he needs on the straight.
Fourth in the Bart Cummings but was a fair way behind Tanby last start. Needs some pace up front to be any hope but even then there’s better horses in the race.
Second last in the Ansett Classic, even taking into account the heavy track it was a poor run. Last at Caulfield before that, not for me.
Won a four horse race at Morphettville leading into this, what you take from that is up to you. Did win it easily but you don’t need to be told this is a step up.
There you have it, some big hopes and some not so big hopes in the 2011 Moonee Valley Cup (Drake international)..
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