Killavally (Image: Racing Photos)
It was a busy morning of gallops at The Valley on Tuesday with 46 spring hopefuls taking to the track to tune up and many set to contest races at the course on Saturday.
Racing.com form analyst Warren Huntly was there clocking each gallop and spoke about the star performers out of the morning.
"The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained horses really caught my eye," Huntly said.
"The track was rated in the Soft 5 range and the markers were out 13 or 14 meters and as it goes on during the morning it gets a bit worn and they are on a narrow strip of the track so I think riders do hold their horses together.
"So times can be a little bit deceiving. Anything under about 25 seconds this morning was really sharp work and that's probably typical of Moonee Valley in this range.
"The Killavally and Spirit Of Valor gallop was the quickest that I got this morning, they broke 24.5 seconds for their last 400 metres so that was sharpest last 400 metres that I clocked."
Spirit Of Valor - who finished second to Brave Smash in last year's Group 1 Manikato Stakes - will make his first racetrack appearance since November at The Valley on Saturday in the 1000-metre Listed Carlyon Stakes.
Huntly also identified two classy three-year-old fillies from the Maher/Eustace team, who both have Thousand Guineas programs ahead.
"I also thought that Loving Gaby and Kooweerup were really sharp to the line (closing in 25.21s the last 400m)," Huntly explained.
"It was definitely one of the best pieces of work that I saw this the morning.
"Ciaron Maher is saying that Loving Gaby needs a little bit more time to get back to the races and if she is working as well as she did this morning then I think that is encouraging."
Kooweerup is set to kick off her spring campaign on Saturday in the 1200-metre fillies race while Loving Gaby will be set aside for a suitable race in the coming weeks.