The Group 2 Australia Stakes headlines a big night of racing at The Valley on Friday and there is plenty of quality spread right across the card.
The Australia Stakes has only drawn a small field, but it is still an interesting betting race and it often proves to be a strong reference for the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
We have analysed every single race on the card and our complete Australia Stakes Night tips can be found below.
Race 1 - 6:30pm
Quest Moonee Valley Summer Stayers Series Heat 1 (2500m)
Playoffs is clearly the horse to beat in this contest and looks like one of the best bets of the night.
He has raced well without winning in his past two race starts and this contest is a genuine drop in quality.
The Tavistock gelding makes his own luck right on the speed and on exposed form he does look to have a clear class edge over the rest of this field.
4 Units Playoffs
Race 2 - 7:00pm
Powerflo Solutions Plate (1000m)
This is the toughest race of the day from a betting perspective as the majority of the field will be making their racing debuts.
It is impossible to bet into this contest with any real confidence and I am happy to stay out.
Race 3 - 7:30pm
Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge Heat 11 (955m)
Elderflower is a mare that still has plenty of upside and she looks very well-placed in the Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge.
She has now recorded four wins from her ten race starts and she went to another level when she bolted in to win by almost three lengths at Caulfield last start.
The Toronado mare has speed to burn and Campbell Rawiller is sure to ride her aggressively from barrier seven.
3 Units Elderflower
Race 4 - 8:00pm
Group 2 Ladbrokes Australia Stakes (1200m)
The Ladbrokes Australia Stakes has only drawn a small field, but it is still an interesting race from a betting perspective.
Viridine is a deserving favourite, but it is tough to get him as short as his current quote.
His record at The Valley isn’t great and he generally goes backwards the further that he gets into his campaign.
Streets Of Avalon represents a bit of value at his current quote and it is no a surprise that he has been well-backed early.
Zac Spain will be able to roll forward in the early stages of this race and he will give his rivals something to chase.
He is still capable of a good effort on his day, he wasn’t beaten far in the Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes during the Spring, and he seems like a very safe bet to finish in the placings.
1 Unit Streets Of Avalon
Race 5 - 8:30pm
Happy B'Day Frank & Geoff Handicap (1000m)
This is one of the trickiest betting races of the night and it wouldn’t surprise to see a horse score at a juicy price.
This might be the right contest for Moi Choux.
It has been a while between race wins, but this could be the easiest race that he has contested in a while.
The drop back to 1000 metres suits and Damien Oliver in the saddle is a big positive.
1 Unit Moi Choux
Race 6 - 9:00pm
Melba & Me Martin Ralston Cup (2040m)
There is not a huge amount of speed in this contest and it would not surprise to see Dean Yendall ride Mauser aggressively in the early stages of this contest.
A chance in tactics paid dividends for him at Warrnambool last start and he has the quality to string together a few wins in the right sort of grade.
He will be in the race for a long way.
1 Unit Mauser
Race 7 - 9:30pm
Vobis Gold Carat (1200m)
This is an interesting edition of the VOBIS Gold Carat and there are a host of winning chances.
Amalfi Spritz is a lightly-raced colt that represents serious value at his current quote of $8.50.
He ran well on debut at Geelong and he should take good improvement from that effort.
Barrier one is ideal and Fred Kersley will be able to settle him right on the speed from the inside barrier.
1 Units Amalfi Spritz
Race 8 - 10:00pm
Dynamic Print Group Handicap (1200m)
Second Slip is a promising galloper and it will be interesting to see how he performs in this type of company.
He made his Australian racing debut with a classy win at Murray Bridge and he still has plenty of upside to improve on that effort.
The Alamosa gelding makes his own luck right on the speed and there is nobody riding better at the moment than Jamie Kah.
2 Units Second Slip