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2020 Moir Stakes - Sunlight to shine down on Moonee Valley night meeting

Australia's best sprinters will run in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley
Sunlight Moonee Valley
Sunlight is the top pick to win the Moir Stakes at The Valley. (Getty Images)

Moir Stakes Information

  • DateFri 25 Sep, 2020
  • RacecourseMoonee Valley
  • Race Distance1000 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$450,000

2020 Moir Stakes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

The 2019 Moir Stakes promises to be a hotly-contested sprint at Moonee Valley and we’ve done the form to find all the winning bets.

Nominations have yet to come out, but punters can still invest in the all-in markets.

Nature Strip heads the betting after some moves were made during the week, but Group 1-winning mare Sunlight and two-time Everest winner Redzel are hot on his heels.

The 1000m contest is always one of the more exciting races during the Melbourne Spring Carnival and we’re excited for the night racing feature at The Valley.

2020 Moir Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

1Ball of Muscle3J PrideG Schofield
2Trekking11J CummingsK McEvoy
3The Bostonian13T PikeD Lane
4Faatinah15Lindsay ParkJ Kah
5Nature Strip1C Waller J McDonald
6Viridine5J CummingsB Melham
7Tactical Advantage8K LeesB Avdulla
8Bons Away9Maher/EustaceL Meech
9Eduardo2S ZschokeB Park
10Assertive Approach14Team HawkesD Dunn
11Sunlight10Team McEvoyL Currie
12Booker4Ellerton/ZahraD Oliver
13Winter Bride12Team EdmondsT Berry
14Meryl6L CurtisD Yendall
15Miss Leonidas7S DwyerS Baster

2020 Moir Stakes Best Bet – Sunlight @ 5.50

Sunlight oozes class and with a record of 10 wins from 16 starts, she deserves to be favourite for the 2019 Moir Stakes.

The Tony McEvoy-trained star has won over $4.3 million with wins coming in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, Group 1 William Reid Stakes and Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Winning the William Reid Stakes at The Valley is a big help for the Moir Stakes and although 1000m is slightly short of her best, she’s more than capable of handling it.

The daughter of Zoustar is one of the more progressive thoroughbreds in Australia and we’re confident she’ll give punters a good sight at the odds.

2020 Moir Stakes Best Each Way – Eduardo @ 16.00

There is good value with Eduardo in the Moir Stakes market and he’s worth playing.

The five-year-old gelding has had eight starts for three wins and four placings, which includes a third placing in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

It’s surprising to see that he hasn’t yet run at Moonee Valley – a track that will help his front-running tactics. He likes to lead and that’s a big asset around this tight-turning circuit.

He doesn’t have the high-profile connections that some of the other Moir Stakes runners have, but punters are getting better odds because of it. 

Trained by Sarah Zschoke, the son of Host has a good campaign ahead of him and could cause an upset.

His RIO of 78.8% is a testament to his consistency at the top levels.

Eduardo Caulfield
Eduardo ridden by Brian Park wins the McCafe Caulfield Sprint during Caulfield Cup Day

2020 Moir Stakes Best Roughie – Ball of Muscle @ 17.00

Ball of Muscle is a tough customer and he's going to love jumping from an inside barrier.

The old-timer has drawn barrier three for this and drawing an inside barrier at Moonee Valley can be key to winning.

He's in form with a last start placing and he doesn't take long to find winning form.

Moir Stakes FAQ

When is the 2020 Moir Stakes?

The Moir Stakes is run on Friday September 26, 2020. It's one of only a few Group 1 races run on a night meeting.

Where is the Moir Stakes run?

The Moir Stakes is run at Moonee Valley, Victoria. Known as "The Valley" it's one of only a few night-racing circuits in Australia.

Who is the Moir Stakes favourite?

Nature Strip is the current 2020 Moir Stakes favourite with bookmakers. 

Who won the 2018 Moir Stakes

The 2018 Moir Stakes was taken out by Adelaide-based sprinter Viddora, which scored an upset at double-figure odds. Brave Smash and Spright finished in the money with Snitty Kitty running on well for fourth.

What distance is the Moir Stakes?

The Moir Stakes is run over 1000m - making it the shortest Group 1 in Australia.

What is the Moir Stakes Prizemoney?

The Moir Stakes is worth a total prize pool of $500,000.


Sunlight looks the standout bet in the 2019 Moir Stakes. She is a professional winner with experience at Moonee Valley and that’s a big asset. 

Eduardo and Ball of Muscle should be added for some value and act as a cover bet for the favourite.

Best Bet: Sunlight @5.50 at bet365 - 10 Units
Best Each Way: Eduardo @16.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
Best Roughie: Ball of Muscle @17.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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