Race 2B (Moonee Valley) – Friday, August 22nd, post time 11:00 PM EDT
Race distance = 10 furlongs.
Race level (BM 90) => Similar to American N3x (non-winners of 3 allowance races other than maiden, claiming or starter) or $80,000 claiming:
Using my speed figures and also having watched this horse run very well the last few weeks I am going with lukewarm 5/2 ML choice #6 COUNT ECOSTA to win the race. He has a big edge and his trainer, Darren Weir, is one of the best in Melbourne, especially with older horses. With Voila Ici, Wrotham Heath and Tycoon Rob all entered, the pace should be genuine and set it up for the top pick.
#2 Prizium should be competitive on the stretch out and has won twice at 10 furlongs, and he also will come from off the pace, which should help his chances. Besides, where else can you see two eight year olds batting to win a $74,000 purse than in Australia, home of the aged gelding?