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Moir Stakes 2023 Betting Tips - Can Imperatriz be beaten?

Last updated: 28 Sep 2023
Alex Marsh 28 Sep 2023
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  • The Moir Stakes is a 1000m Group 1 contested at Moonee Valley
  • The 2023 edition will be run on Friday, September 29
  • Imperatriz is a clear market elect with Betr
  • Preview & tips are included below
Moir Tips
Imperatriz (L) is an odds-on favourite in the Moir Stakes. (Getty)

The Moir Stakes is a Group 1 1000m race run at Moonee Valley, with this dash the first-night feature of the new season.
  • 2023 Moir Stakes 2023 Field & Odds
  • 2023 Moir Stakes Tips

A major lead-up race to the Spring Carnival sprints, horses such as Buffering, Apache Cat, Nature Strip & Black Caviar have taken out this event along with several other features throughout their career.

Off a sensational fresh win, Imperatriz is a $1.75 favourite with Betr to win the 2023 Moir Stakes.

2023 Moir Stakes 2023 Field & Odds

1RothfireRobert HeathcoteBlake Shinn158.5kg$7.50
2The InfernoCliff BrownJake Noonan858.5kg $51
3Uncommon JamesSteven O'Dea & Matthew HoystedDamian Lane758.5kg $6
4ZoustyleTony GollanDamien Oliver358.5kg $19
5GenerationCiaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 258.5kg $26
6AcromantulaDaniel & Ben PearceCraig Williams458.5kg $31
7ImperatrizMark WalkerOpie Bosson556.5kg $1.75
8AsfooraHenry DwyerMitchell Aitken656.5kg$6
Odds courtesy of Betr & correct at 12.30am on 28/09/2023.

2023 Moir Stakes Tips

2023 Moir Stakes Best Bet - Imperatriz

A five-time Group 1 winner over varying distances, Imperatriz broke the 1000m Moonee Valley track record (56.68) when winning the Group 2 McEwen Stakes by 2.5 lengths on September 9.

Incredibly, that was her first attempt over 1000m and Te Akau hasn't taken up an Everest offer, with the Kiwi connections instead staying south and aiming at the Melbourne features.

With four wins and a third from five second-up outings, there's nothing to suggest a flat run is coming, while the five-year-old has superbly handled The Valley in both attempts here.

She won a Group 1 at Moonee Valley in autumn, with the five-year-old taking out the William Reid Stakes, while this looks a similar set-up to the McEwen, i.e. small field with a lot of speed.

Off that first-up demolition over Giga Kick and co, Imperatriz was always going to be a short-priced fav in the Moir Stakes and barrier five is perfect, as she won't get cluttered up on the fence.

2023 Moir Stakes Value Bet - Uncommon James

While there are seasoned and well-credentialed sprinters who are perhaps better suited over 1000m, with only 10 starts to his name, Uncommon James is more untapped than most of these.

A Queensland galloper that's been successful in two Melbourne trips, which includes a victory in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate back in February, the gelding has already put together a tidy resume.

With the son of Cable Bay travelling to Melbourne, Sydney and Perth all in that last campaign, we could see the very best of him this season, as he's a more furnished and mature five-year-old.

He was at the end of his prep when contesting The Quokka at Ascot, however, he was still competitive, while the Doomben trial and Flemington jump-out win ahead of this were encouraging.

A tactically versatile sprinter that's drawn out with plenty of speed inside of him, they won't be here to bust him first-up and with a sit-in behind a strong tempo, the set-up looks okay.



It would be madness to take on Imperatriz, but at the prices there's an opportunity to back the fresh up-and-comer in Uncommon James, so saving/small profit on the fav & supporting Uncommon James for a bigger result.

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Best Bet2: Uncommon James To Win @5/1 at Puntnow - 2 Units
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