When race fields are available for Moonee Valley, tips will be displayed for meetings at the track with profit statistics taken from past tips placed their by Australia's leading racing experts and celebrities.
When no tips are available for Moonee Valley races, a comprehensive leader board of the leading tipsters at the Valley will be displayed. By gazing over this leader board, you can establish who the form experts at the track really are, and decide whose tips to follow at the track.
Established in 1883, Moonee Valley is surely Australia's most unique racecourse. It is located six kilometres north-west of Melbourne's CBD, and a short drive from Melbourne's premier racecourse, Flemington. The home of Australia's weight-for-age championship the Cox Plate, the Valley also hosts several high-quality sprint races in the autumn and spring carnivals. However, what sets Moonee Valley apart from other tracks is its 173-metre long home straight, making it the shortest home straight of any track in Australia.
Another anomaly of Moonee Valley is that it is the only racecourse in Australia that hosts Group One racing under lights. Of the four Group Ones held at the Valley, three are contested at night, with the William Reed Stakes in the autumn, as well as the A J Moir and Manikato Stakes in the spring all running over 1200 metres on a Friday night. The highlight amongst these is surely the Manikato, which takes place on the Friday night before Saturday's Cox Plate meeting, all on the weekend before Derby Day and after the Caulfield Cup. While the Cox Plate always attracts some of the most talented horses from Australia as well as overseas, it has recently been dominated by Winx, who has made the race her own.
In a home straight shorter than a furlong, it is up to jockeys to ensure that their mounts are travelling before the final turn. In addition to the short straight, the Valley is known for being narrow and tight-turning, appearing to suit horses that have drawn against the running rail. However, it is not unusual to also see horses coming wide and rocketing home down the outside in the last hundred metres, often taking advantage of the significant camber which appears to catapult runners towards the finishing post to fight out the race. The 2040-metre start used for the Cox Plate sees the horses travel past the winning post twice, highlighting the shortness of the track.