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Valley tips: Keen on McKeever to end year with win



BEST BETMCKEEVER (Race 7 No.16 – $3.60)McKeever will tackle this race on the fresh side, but the son of Deep Field has plenty of talent and should get the perfect run from barrier one for top jockey Damian Lane.NEXT BESTBLACK PENN (Race 4 No.1 – $7)Trainer Greg Eurell has scratched Black Penn a couple of times recently as he searches for the perfect race for the gelding. This might be what the trainer is looking for.KEV’S GIRL (Race 6 No.3 – $3.90)Kev’s Girl showed great speed to score over this course second-up and will be fitter again for that. She’s up in weight but should again be in the firing line for a long way.STAR SPIRIT (Race 8 No.8 – $4)The Archie Alexander-trained filly was a fast-finishing winner on debut last time in and progressed to be competitive in good races after that. She’s more than good enough to win the last Victorian race of 2021.VALUE BETMILESTONE (Race 3 No.5 – $7.50)Milestone has steadily improved with racing and more ground this time in. He was a fighting winner at Moe last time out and looks capable of showing up over 3000m.THE JOCKEYDAMIAN LANEDamian Lane has four rides to close out 2021 but has some great chances to finish the year a winner. INTO RIO (Race 3 No.2 – $6.50), OH SO FAR (Race 4 No.7 – $9.50), KAAKIT AKIT (Race 6 No.9 – $9.50), MCKEEVER (Race 7 No.16 – $3.60).THE WEEK AHEADNext year starts with meetings at Flemington, Burrumbeet, Hanging Rock and Mornington. Cranbourne and Terang race on Sunday. A Sandown Hillside meeting starts the week on Monday before Stony Creek races again on Tuesday. Racing returns to Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.

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