AJ Moir Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: Single-figure fancies have dominated the AJ Moir Stakes in recent history

The AJ Moir Stakes is the feature race of one of Moonee Valley’s spring night racing meetings in late September or early October each season and is a 1000m sprint run under weight-for-age conditions.

Currently worth $750,000 in prize money (reduced from $1 million ahead of the 2023 edition) 0the race is a nice lead-up for sprinters looking for a Melbourne Cup Carnival win in something like the VRC Classic at Flemington in November.

2022 AJ Moir Stakes winner Coolangatta

2022 AJ Moir Stakes winner Coolangatta. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

First run in 1976 it is one of the season’s younger features and has only held Group 1 status since 2013. The Moir is named in honour of former Moonee Valley Racing Club chairman AJ Moir.

Many top sprinters feature in the Moir Stakes honours list including Manikato (1982), Placid Ark (1987), Schillaci (1992), Apache Cat (2009) and dual winner Black Caviar (2010 & 2011). Another notable Moir Stakes winner is triple champion Buffering who won in 2012 before going back-to-back in 2014-15, while in 2017 returning Golden Slipper winning filly She Will Reign stole the show.

The AJ Moir Stakes also now serves as a lead-up into Sydney’s $20 million The Everest – the richest turf race in the world!

Moir Stakes Night features a number of other good support races including the Group 2 Stutt Stakes, Group 2 Stocks Stakes, and the Group 3 Scarborough Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

The latest edition of the AJ Moir Stakes ran on Friday September 29, 2023 under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse and was won in a new record time by the odds-on favourite Imperatriz ($1.65F) who stormed over the top of her rivals in style. 

2023 AJ Moir Stakes Results

The official Moir Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race runs under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday September 29, 2023.

2023 Moir Stakes winner Imperatriz

2023 Moir Stakes winner Imperatriz was huge in her third straight win at The Valley. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #7 Imperatriz
  • 2nd: #8 Asfoora
  • 3rd: #3 Uncommon James

First-up McEwen Stakes winner Imperatriz ($1.65F) continued her dominant record down under at The Valley with the brilliant Kiwi mare storming home to blitz her rivals in the 2023 Moir Stakes results saluting as the odds-on favourite and breaking her own 1000m track record when celebrating her sixth Group 1 success.

2023 Moir Stakes Odds

The season’s best AJ Moir Stakes 2023 betting odds will be available below complete with links for you to back your sprint selections at the right price once markets open.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Moir Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

AJ Moir Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Friday September 29, 2023
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1976

AJ Moir Stakes Betting

AJ Moir Stakes betting favours sprinters coming off a good lead-up run with five winners since 2010 having won their previous starts including She Will Reign (2017) and classy Kiwi mare Imperatriz (2023).

Inside alleys are favourable and those drawn in barriers two or three are usually short in the markets with these two gates producing four winners between 2010 and 2014. The 2019 Moir Stakes winner Nature Strip won from barrier one as did the filly Coolangatta in 2022.

Plenty of horses run first-up in the race, so the Moir Stakes betting odds often favour resuming sprinters with good first-up form and previous Melbourne racing experience.

Previous Group 1 winners dominate the Moir Stakes odds each year as 11 of the winners  from 2011-23 had won at elite level before. The only winners in that time not to have won a Group 1 before were Wild Ruler in 2021 and Coolangatta in 2022.

Favourites in Moir Stakes markets have a dominant recent record in the race with Nature Strip ($3.30 in 2019) and the odds-on mare Imperatriz ($1.65 in 2023) the latest Moir Stakes favourite to salute.

AJ Moir Stakes Field

The AJ Moir Stakes race field hardly ever runs at capacity and in recent years has attracted under 10 starters more often than not. In 2014 Buffering beat home just four rivals, while Black Caviar scared off her rivals in the 2011 edition with a final field of just four facing off in the sprint showdown. Despite the diminutive numbers the Moir Stakes acceptances always feature a high class of competitors usually with a short-price favourite dominating the line-up.

The 2019 AJ Moir Stakes field drew one of the largest line-ups in recent times with Nature Strip defeating 14 rivals.

2022 Moir Stakes Winner Coolangatta

Three-year-old filly Coolangatta lead all-the-way to win the 2022 Moir Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Sprinters often kick off their spring racing campaigns first-up in the Moir Stakes field on the back of an earlier autumn – winter start.

Alternatively, a lead-up Moonee Valley race like the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) held at the same track and distance a fortnight prior can make a good lead-up into the AJ Moir Stakes field.

In 2021 the McEwen Stakes winner The Inferno ran a next-up second in the Moir Stakes results to secure his slot in that spring’s The Everest field.

In 2022 the Moir Stakes winning filly Coolangatta improved on a lead-up third in the McEwen Stakes.

Imperatriz (2023) was the last runner to complete the McEwen Stakes – Moir Stakes double.

Caulfield’s Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m) run at Caulfield in August is also a nice Moir Stakes lead-up race and Samaready (2013) was the last to do the double.

2023 Moir Stakes Field

The official A.J. Moir Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be released by the Moonee Valley Racing Club on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below so stay tuned to see what sprinters are heading to the night feature.

The AJ Moir Stakes 2023 final field features just eight spring sprinters with markets dominated by classy Kiwi mare Imperatriz who has won the Group 1 William Reid Stakes and Group 2 McEwen Stakes at The Valley at her two latest starts either side of a fresh-up.

2023 Moir Stakes Nominations

The Moir Stakes 2023 nominations are drawn on the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be listed below as soon as released.

The 2023 Moir Stakes nominations have been extended until 10am on Tuesday with only a dozen early entries taken led by all-in favourite Imperatriz with the multiple Group 1 winning Kiwi mare coming off a first-up Group 2 McEwen Stakes victory at The Valley.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 452213×315 ACROMANTULA G 6 Daniel & Ben Pearce 99
2 1711x344x1 ASFOORA M 5 Henry Dwyer 106
3 19x30236x3 BELLA NIPOTINA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 111
4 2436x885x4 GENERATION H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
5 48x11121x1 IMPERATRIZ M 5 Mark Walker 116
6 67x111101x JIGSAW G 5 Cindy Alderson 106
7 4158x28x27 QUEEN OF THE BALL M 4 Michael Freedman 90
8 118x147x15 REMARQUE G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
9 285x2132x2 ROTHFIRE G 6 Robert Heathcote 111
10 x400x9275x THE INFERNO G 7 Cliff Brown 101
11 x111x2128x UNCOMMON JAMES G 5 Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted 109
12 2332x506x4 ZOUSTYLE G 8 Tony Gollan 103

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

AJ Moir Stakes Tips

AJ Moir Stakes tips are commonly led by the favourite with the short-priced runners boasting a strong record in the race. Since 2007, seven favourites have saluted for the punters, most recently Imperatriz ($1.65 in 2023).

Proven short-distance specialists, previous Moonee Valley performers, resuming runners with solid form first-up and those horses drawn in barriers two – four also make good Moir Stakes betting tips each spring.

2023 Moir Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive AJ Moir Stakes 2023 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the sprint sprinters to get behind in the Moonee Valley Group 1 this season.

  • To Win: #7 Imperatriz ($1.75 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Small field and the odds-on elect is no value, but with just seven rivals and the consistent lead-up is really hard to bet against the talented Mark Walker-trained New Zealander. The multiple Group 1 winning daughter of I Am Invincible has proven elite level status down under saluting at The Valley track in the autumn’s William Reid Stakes. She has a lovely affinity for the tight Valley circuit winning here again fresh in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes on September 9. Kept fresh since, was a 2.5 length winner over the 1000m first-up with improvement to come. She is so versatile having won up to a mile, so the Moir distance second-up looks ideal. Cracking record two runs in (5:4-0-1) and reunites with Opie Bosson. Wins again.

AJ Moir Stakes Form Guide

The AJ Moir Stakes form guide details all the basic information like barriers, jockeys and trainers as well as track statistics and win / place rates on the starting line-up.

Going over the form guide before placing a bet is a must and things to look out for are classy mares with an inside alley who ran well last time out as well as horses with previous winning form at the tight Moonee Valley circuit.

The 2022 AJ Moir Stakes form was franked with the winner Coolangatta returning the following autumn to win Flemington’s 2023 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning, while her second placed stablemate in the Moir Bella Nipotina won the Manikato at her next start.

Moir Stakes Form Facts

  • Favourites in Moir Stakes betting won four editions on the trot from 2009 – 2012, before the 2019 success of Nature Strip and Imperatriz saluting as the odds-on favourite in 2023.
  • The latest Moir Stakes winners to jump at double-figures are Viddora ($12 in 2018) and Wild Ruler ($10 in 2021).
  • Extreme Choice (2016) was the first three-year-old to win the Moir Stakes since 2005.
  • The fillies She Will Reign (2017) and Coolangatta (2022) are the latest three-year-old Moir Stakes winners.
  • Buffering (2015) for his third win in the race became the first eight-year-old winner in the past 30 plus years.
  • Wild Ruler (2021) and Coolangatta (2022) are the only non-previous Group 1 winners to take out the Moir from 2011-2023.

2023 AJ Moir Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive AJ Moir Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

AJ Moir Stakes Results

The AJ Moir Stakes race results reveal the winner and finishing order of the other horses in the field as well as the margin between each place, the winning time and sometimes the pay-outs for the successful quinella, trifecta and first four in the race.

Moir Stakes race results from the past two decades have been dominated by single-figure hopes in betting. Plenty of trainers have enjoyed recent back-to-back Moir Stakes victories including Robert Heathcote with Buffering (2014-15) and Peter Moody with Black Caviar (2010-11).

Other notable Moir Stakes winners include Miss Andretti (2007), Apache Cat (2009), Nature Strip (2019), and Imperatriz (2023).

Imperatriz (2023) was the last Moir Stakes winning mare.

Imperatriz holds the current 1000m Moir Stakes race record winning in 2023 in a time of 56.47 seconds.

Past AJ Moir Stakes Winners

Recent AJ Moir Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2001 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Imperatriz Asfoora Uncommon James 0.56.47 (R)
2022 Coolangatta Bella Nipotina Zoustyle 0:59.1
2021 Wild Ruler The Inferno Trekking 0:57.0
2020 Pippie Trekking Bella Vella 0.58.3
2019 Nature Strip Miss Leonidas Sunlight 0:57.7
2018 Viddora Brave Smash Spright 0:57.7
2017 She Will Reign Viddora Sheidel 0:58.3
2016 Extreme Choice Heatherly Wild Rain 0:58.7
2015 Buffering Ball Of Muscle Angelic Light 0:57.2
2014 Buffering Lankan Rupee Rebel Dane 1:10.9
2013 Samaready Buffering Le Bonsir 1:11.2
2012 Buffering Ready To Rip Thankgodyou’rehere 1:10.9
2011 Black Caviar Doubtful Jack Here De Angels 1:10.1
2010 Black Caviar Hot Danish True Persuasion 1:11.0
2009 Apache Cat Mic Mac Bank Robber 1:10.0
2008 Lucky Secret Bel Mer Mr Baritone 1:09.9
2007 Miss Andretti Gold Edition Let Go Thommo 1:10.6
2006 California Dane Let Go Thommo Poets Voice 0:58.4
2005 Virage De Fortune Miss Mooney Mooney Imprisoned 0:59.1
2004 Bomber Bill Regimental Gal Dance The Waves 0:58.4
2003 Our Egyptian Raine Spinning Hill Dantana 0:57.7
2002 Spinning Hill Bomber Bill Mistegic 0:57.7
2001 Mistegic Regal Shot Appoint 0:58.7