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Meliora All The Way

First out first home, that is how Meliora won the Aquanas Handicap at Moonee Valley, she was never headed or troubled at any stage of the race.

She is a genuine racehorse and can be improved on that win as she had a let up since running fifth, in a field of nine, to Floatmyboat at Caulfield, in early October.

Tom Brideoake was back in the driver’s seat again for Peter Moody, as he has been so many times, he was pleased to see the return to form of Meliora.

“I think she can go on from here, she is lightly raced having had just seven starts, and there are some nice races for fillies at this time of the year, if we can pick up a bit of Black Type her value will soar”

Meliora is by the Danzig sire, Ad Valorem, regarded as the best two year old in Ireland after winning the Blenheim Stakes at The Curragh, he went to Newmarket to win the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes over 1200 metres, a race that has been the measuring stick for the better two year olds in the U K.

The distaff side of his pedigree is quite sound, although a shade foreign, as in the whole it is made up on American strains.

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Meliora - A promising filly



Iberia is causing the Snowden stable a few worries, he is ready to run, but has been scratched twice, due to a recurring heat rash.

While the weather remains warm, we may have to wait awhile before the colt sports silk, he is reported to more than handy.

Alex Dobel, racing manager of Moonee Valley, for the past six years, is leaving to take up a position with the Echuca Racing Club as C E O.

The new face at the Valley will be Liam Smith, who spent five years at Cranbourne prior to taking up his new appointment.

Nothing has changed; Brad Rawiller arrived at Moonee Valley as if he had come out of a snow storm, all rugged up on a summer’s day, part of his recipe to keep his weight in check.

He is remarkably fit and riding in great form, with 70 winners this season, 15 in the city and 77 at the provincials.

There is no rest for the wicked, or at least not for Subzero, the 1992 Melbourne Cup winner, the 24 year old gelding is still living a busy lifestyle after retiring from racing, and later as a clerk of the course’s mount.

These days he is kept pretty busy, along with Graeme Salisbury, on an educational program visiting various centres promoting racing and the role of the horse.

The promotion sponsored by Racing Victoria, is proving a big success with 120 visits to schools, 20 to retirement villages, 15 specialist schools and six visits to the racing museum, plus outdoor functions at the M C G.


Darley’s Quick Decision

Darley didn’t take long to make a decision after Peter Snowden visited the Flemington stables earlier this week.

Recent two year old winners, Safeguard the colt, has gone up to Warwick Farm where he will have a short let up before being prepared for the Golden Slipper Stakes, while the filly, Montsegur, an impressive Caulfield winner, will remain in Melbourne, her mission being the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Both are brilliant two year olds, a cut above what we have seen so far this season, and the stable is not likely to run short on numbers with several youngsters yet to race.

Montsegur really caught the eye at Caulfield on Boxing Day; she got a little hot in the pre post parade, without hesitation Paul Snowden called in another attendant to assist with the filly.

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Montsegur set for Blue Diamond

She is the first winner sired in Australia by New Approach, an outstanding racehorse winning eight of his 11 starts, who has made the transition as a likely successor to his sire, Galileo.

Both sire and son are Epsom Derby winners, yet that is where the similarity ends, Galileo best results are at beyond a mile, whilst his son, New Approach, whose average winning distance was 1700 metres, is getting precocious two year olds.

No further evidence was required during the Royal Ascot week in June, New Approach sired three Black Type two year old winners..

Dawn Approach won the Coventry Stakes, Newfangled the Albany Stakes and Tha’ir the Chesham Stakes

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 Paul Snowden- Brilliant young trainer.


Ride Of The Day

Adam McCade, apprenticed to Mick Kent, was entitled to the accolades he received for a brilliant ride on You Think So, to win the Bitalli Handicap, named after the winner of the 1923 Melbourne Cup, trained by a doyen of the turf, James Scobie.

The starting gates had no sooner parted when McCabe allowed the gelding to take up the ascendancy, and thereafter was never headed over the 2550 metres trip.

It was an outstanding ride, he rated the gelding to perfection, he never got bustled when Altonio raced to his girth and always seemed to have the issue under complete control.

The gelding was the punters elect after two recent wins at Moonee Valley, and shortened up to replace Waratone as outright favourite at close of betting.

While no firm decisions have been made at this stage, You Think So could go back to where he was bred to run in the Auckland Cup over 3200 metres, to be decided on a mid-week date on March 6.

Crafty Cruiser was running on well at the end of the trip, suggesting he is likely to win similar type race in the coming weeks.

Waratone, a winner of four, was always travelling well, but failed to quicken in the run home, he may have been feeling the firmer ground.

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You Think So - Ridden by Adam McCabe


No Joy In Winning

A moment of joy quickly turned to tragedy when the winner of the Red Tempo Handicap, Beltrois, had to be humanely put down, soon after breaking a leg, within a few metres of passing the winning post.

It was a eerie feeling that greeted the minor place getters as they returned to scale, the winner was missing, he had won, he had given his all, but at what price?.

A crowd gathered to view the stricken animal as he hobbled about on three legs, not fully aware of his ultimate end I turned my back, I had seen it all so many times before in a long career.

Beltrois was having his first start since Oaks Day last year; he had won five races and seven placings from 23 starts.

He was owned and bred by the Griffiths family; their good friend, Don Healy, also had a share in the gelding by Bel Esprit.

The only bright note on a very ordinary day was jockey, Ryan Maloney, the rider of Beltrois, did not sustain any serious injury in the incident.

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Beltrois's game win



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