TIW’s best bet of the day for December 23

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Updated: December 22, 2017

It’s a reasonably modest Saturday of racing just two days out from Christmas but one has piqued our interest at Moonee Valley today. A field of eight will assemble for the Bertocchi Christmas Masterpiece Handicap (race 5, 3.20pm) over the MV Cup distance of 2500m. There’s a solid bunch engaged but #2 Imperial Aviator looks a class above. The 5yo gelding has made two starts in Australia since joining the Waterhouse/Bott stable from the UK. He was second on debut before a stirring win over 2400m at Rosehill three weeks ago. We expect him to be a major player in the spring of 2018.

Best of the day: Moonee Valley R5 #2 Imperial Aviator

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