Doubles all around at the Valley

A successful pre-race plan to enable Sabres to take full advantage of his fitness, proved decisive in $100,000 Nye At MV (1600m) at Moonee Valley tonight.

Trainer Anthony Freedman and jockey Dwayne Dunn set out to lead and have the three-year-old working hard before the turn.

The theory was to take the sting out of opponents with the tough colt by Elusive Quality who was having his seventh run at this campaign.

The Darley-owned galloper, from barrier two, took the desired position but rival jockey Michael Rodd gave the conspirators more than they bargained.

Rodd settled the odds on Brambles on the outside of Sabres and poured pressure on for the first 400m.

The pace relented mid-race but was still quick enough to have those at the back being pushed along.

Before the home turn, Dunn dug up on Sabres and found a length on Brambles.

The other runners, headed by Horacio, were under pressure.

Sabres held his opponents to the line and defeated Brambles with Zuma Rock, taking the short course along the fence, gaining third.

The win gave Dunn the second leg of a winning double.

He won earlier in the night aboard Unchain My Heart for David Hayes, a trainer with whom he had great success when both were based in Hong Kong.

The double brought Dunn level with Craig Newitt as equal Moonee Valley leading  jockey on 10 wins for the season.

Sabres win was also the first leg of a double for Freedman and Darley who combined to win the last race with Tahitian Black.

That son of Lonhro won the $50,000 72 Hcp (1200m) giving apprentice Jake Noonan a share of the riding honours with Dunn.

Noonan won earlier in the night with a perfect ride on Champagne Love.

Tahitian Black, wearing blinkers and ear muffs for the first time, came from off the pace and stuck on too well.

Adaptor led and held on for second while Adams Bell (third) and Le Ramas (fourth) ran on well.

Going into tomorrow’s Caulfield meet the Freedman yard is running hot.

It has won seven races from 18 starters in the past week.

Race 7 – 9:45PM NYE at Moonee Valley Premium Handicap (1600 METRES)
Of $100,000.1st $61,000, 2nd $18,000, 3rd $9,000, 4th $4,500, 5th $2,500, 6th $1,000, 7th $1,000, 8th $1,000, 9th $1,000, 10th $1,000
0 – 78, Handicap, Minimum Weight 54kg, Three-Years-Old, Apprentices cannot claim.
This race carries a SUPER VOBIS Nominators Bonus of $7,000 and a SUPER VOBIS Owners Bonus of $23,000 for qualified horses.Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:36.80 Last 600m: 0:36.98 INTERIM RESULTS


Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 SABRES Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 1 59kg $5
2 1 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody Michael Rodd 1.25L 2 59kg $1.90F
3 10 ZUMA ROC Neil Walsh Craig Newitt 1.35L 5 55kg $10
4 4 BANNER Matt Laurie Brent Evans 3.85L 8 58kg $17
5 7 DE TRIOMPHE Greg Eurell Chris Symons 4.05L 6 56kg $21
6 6 BEFORE YOU THINK John Salanitri Stephen Baster 4.55L 7 56kg $41
7 3 HORACIO Robbie Griffiths Nicholas Hall 7.05L 4 58.5kg $8.50
8 8 HAROLDHAUT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Garry Murphy 12.55L 9 56kg $51
9 11 ECONOMIC Robert Hickmott Steven King 13.55L 3 54kg $26
5 UPBEAT Anthony Cummings Danny Nikolic 0
9 WESTSOUTHWEST (NZ) Robert Smerdon Danny Nikolic 0
Race 8 – 10:15PM Handicap (1200 METRES)
Of $50,000.1st $31,363, 2nd $9,650, 3rd $4,342, 4th $1,930, 5th $965, 6th $350, 7th $350, 8th $350, 9th $350, 10th $350
0 – 72, Handicap, Minimum Weight 54kg, Apprentices can claim.Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:10.53 Last 600m: 0:35.64 INTERIM RESULTS


Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 11 TAHITIAN BLACK Anthony Freedman Jake Noonan (a1.5) 2 58.5kg (cd 57kg) $9
2 2 ADAPTOR Chris Parry Adam McCabe (a2) 0.75L 7 59kg (cd 57kg) $17
3 1 ADAMS BELL Nikki Burke Danny Nikolic 0.95L 5 59kg $14
4 8 LE REMAS Brian McKnight Ms Christine Puls 1.35L 9 58.5kg $9
5 7 BACKEN LAY Robert Smerdon Chris Symons 1.55L 1 58.5kg $5
6 5 PLAIN LUCKY Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse (a2) 2.55L 8 59kg (cd 57kg) $4.60F
7 9 ROMAN EYE Danny O’Brien Damian Lane (a1.5) 2.95L 10 58.5kg (cd 57kg) $17
8 12 GOD HELP HER Sharyn Trolove Nicholas Hall 4.45L 12 56.5kg $14
9 4 PALATINE (NZ) Shaun Dwyer Michael Rodd 4.85L 4 59kg $10
10 13e LADY PANIA Robbie Griffiths Luke Currie 5.85L 6 56kg $12
11 10 SORISAM Ricky Maund Ms Rebecca Williams (a3) 6.05L 11 58.5kg (cd 55.5kg) $21
12 6 RIPLEYS Dan O’Sullivan Jacob Rule (a2) 8.05L 3 59kg (cd 57kg) $10
15e LONHRIELLE (NZ) Leon Corstens Steven King 0
16e ZIGGY’S CROWN Mark Kavanagh Stephen Baster 0
3 AFLASHYCAT Allan Fitzgerald Jarrod Todd 0
14e SHAKES Chris Hyland Jamie Mott 0



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