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Australian Racing: Don't Doubt Dory for Valley victory

Race 7 Moonee Valley

Don't Doubt Dory @ 11.00

Race 5 Moonee Valley

Musgrave @ 7.50

Race 7 Canterbury

Dipsy Doodle @ 3.40

Dory gunning for Listed glory

The feature race at Moonee is the PKF Torney Night Cup, a Listed race over 2500m due off as the penultimate contest.

Ciaron Maher looks to hold a strong hand in this contest with Mankayan (John Allen), Herman Hesse (Craig Williams) and Alakahan (Dean Yendall) all set to represent the trainer.

However, DON'T DOUBT DORY is the pick to register a win, having recorded some good efforts since returning from a spell.

The selection showed good form when beaten a length into third, having raced from mid-division when contesting a 1700m event at Geelong last month.

The 11.00 seven-year-old failed to shine over 2040m at this venue subsequently, however he returned to form with a length success in a Benchmark 100m contest at Caulfield earlier this month.

The pick should have no issue with the extra distance here, having been beaten a length into second in a 2540m event at Flemington in June 2022.

Carleen Hefel takes the ride in this event and she looks up to steering the gelding to victory from a wide barrier.

Valley win awaits Musgrave

Earlier on the Moonee Valley card the fifth race of the day is Heat 5 in the Summer Middle Distance Series, with a field of 11 declared for the race which is set to take place over the Cox Plate distance.

Ciaron Maher sends out Lauding here and he is expected to have his supporters following a couple of good second-place finishes.

The first of those saw the gelding lose out by just under two-and-a-half-lengths when runner-up in a 2000m Benchmark 70 handicap at Flemington last month.

The son of Proisir came from off the pace that day, but was ridden from mid-division when filling the same spot in a 2100m Benchmark 70 event at Sandown Lakeside on 7th February.

Stablemate MUSGRAVE is preferred here, with the gelding having registered some solid efforts in 2023 including when a length second over this track and trip in December.

The 7.50 pick was beaten a length in a Benchmark 64 handicap on that occasion when racing from mid-division, however he disappointed when fifth over 2400m at Sandown Hillside next time.

The four-year-old made amends for that letdown when winning over this course and distance in a Benchmark 64 handicap at the start of this month.

The son of Preferment came home in front in a hurdles barrier trial earlier last week and looks capable of completing a double.

Dipsy ready for Sprint success

The penultimate race at Canterbury is the 1100m Kia Canterbury Night Sprint Series Final, with DIPSY DOODLE taken to register a second up success.

Trained by James Cummings, the filly ended his two-year-old campaign with a narrow defeat in a Listed contest over this distance at Scone in May last year.

The 3.40 pick placed in a couple of barrier trials prior to returning this campaign, including when runner-up over 799m at Warwick Farm last month.

The filly raced from the front when beaten just over three-and-a-half-lengths into third in a 1200m Benchmark 88 contest at Rosehill just under three weeks ago.

That Rosehill event came on a sound surface and the switch to a heavy track is no issue here having won on a wet surface at Rosehill as a juvenile.

James McDonald rides for the first time since he partnered the selection to victory in an 1100m maiden at Warwick Farm in April last year and the pair looks capable of taking this event.

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