2023 Valley Pearl St Albans Stakes Race Details

Race 3 at Moonee Valley on Friday 24th March 2023.

The Valley Pearl/St Albans Stakes is a Listed race held at Moonee Valley racecourse over 1200 metres. It is for horses aged two-years-old and is run under set weight conditions. The total prizemoney is $175,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the Valley Pearl/St Albans Stakes page.

Valley Pearl St Albans Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

With the early scratching of Coast Princess, nine runners remain for the St Albans Stakes. There are 7 fillies. one colt and one gelding, and 2 runners are sired by Zoustar. Two are previously unraced, two have had one start, 3 have had 2 starts and 2 have had 4 starts.

The early favourite is Brave Mead who has a win and a place from his 2 starts. Second favourite is  Ana Jaahza who won her only start. Third favourite is Zousuko who has 2 starts and ran 2nd in the Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies). Shoresy is unraced but won a Wangaratta trial by 7 lengths. All other runners are currently $10 or more.

2023 Valley Pearl St Albans Stakes Runner by Runner

1. Brave Mead (2)

This Brave Smash colt from the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable was 0.3 lengths 3rd on debut over 1200m at Pakenham on 23 February. then was a masssive 4.5 length winner over 1200m at Pakemham on 10 March. Standout top pick.

2. Shoresy (10)

Unraced but won a Wangaratta trial by 7 lengths. Has to be included in the main chances.

3. Shaddow Fear (3)

This filly won her first 2 starts in Western Australia at Ascot before coming to Melbourne for the Autumn Carnival. Finished 1.4 lengths 4th after beginning awkwardly in the Listed Festival Of Racing. Can place.

4. Zousuko (4)

One of 2 runners sired by Zoustar (the other is Celestial Storm). She has had 2 starts and ran 2nd in the Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) on debut before 9th in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude. Place chance.

5. Coast Princess (8)  – SCRATCHED

6. Ana Jaahza (7)

She was a 0.4 length winner of her only start. That was over 1100m at Ballarat on 26 February. Should go well.

7. Celestial Storm (1)

Has had 4 starts and placed at her latest 2 starts, both at Sandown. In the mix.

8. Manhattan Baby (9)

She has ran 4th at both of her starts. Not the worst.

9. Mochi (6)

Finished midfield at her only start at Sandown Hillside. Prefer others.

10. Waimarie (5)

Unraced and has not trialled. Watch the betting.

Valley Pearl St Albans Stakes 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo Jackson’s Tips
Lewis Oliver’s Tips
1 Brave Mead
6 Ana Jaahza
3 Shaddow Fear
2 Shoresy

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 William Reid Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1200m)  – Friday

Group 2 Sunline Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1600m)  – Friday

Group 3 Alexandra Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1600m)  – Friday

Listed Albury Gold Cup 2023 (Albury 2000m)  – Friday

Group 1 Australian Cup 2023 (Flemington 2000m)

Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1200m)

Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap 2023 (Flemington 1000m)

Listed The Roy Higgins 2023 (Flemington 2600m)

Listed Sunlight Classic/Moomba Plate 2023 (Flemington 1100m)

Group 1 Tancred Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2400m)

Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 2 Tulloch Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 2 Emancipation Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 3 Doncaster Prelude 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 3 T L Baillieu Handicap 2023 (Rosehill 1400m)

Group 3 W.A. Oaks 2023 (Ascot 2400m)

Listed Grandstand Cup 2023 (Ascot 1500m)

Listed Melvista Stakes 2023 (Ascot 2200m)

Listed South West Autumn Cup 2023 (Pinjarra 2200m)  – Sunday

2023 Valley Pearl St Albans Stakes Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 1 Brave Mead
2nd 6 Ana Jaahza 2.75 lengths
3rd 7 Celestial Storm 6 lengths
4th 9 Mochi 10.25 lengths

The track was rated as Soft 5.

Scratchings: 2. Shoresy, 3. Shaddow Fear, 4. Zousuko, 5. Coast Princess, 10. Waimarie.