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Australian Racing: Danny's Valley hat-trick bid

Danny's St Darci will be aiming for three straight wins when she runs in the $175,000 VOBIS Gold Carat over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley.

The Archie Alexander-trained filly is a 4/1 chance in the nine-runner contest and will break from gate eight under Josh Richards.

The three-year-old just missed the frame when first-up this season, then ran below par when ninth next time, before going close when fourth at her third outing, but has won three of her last four races since.

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She scored at Donald in November to get off the mark for the campaign and was then a sound second over the course and distance behind the re-opposing Luna Cat on December 3rd.

Danny's St Darci bounced back from that defeat with wins at Moonee Valley on December 17th and an impressive three and a quarter-length score at Caulfield on New Year's Day.

Those victories took her career score to four wins and one placing from only nine starts.

Alexander enjoys a surprise

"She's done really well and she has surprised us a little," Alexander said. "With racing she has improved. She enjoys it, she's thrived on it and has been winning and confidence is a great thing.

"The form around her may be a little bit questionable, but even so, it's a restricted race with very good money on offer, so we're hopeful. She's been racing well, so she deserves her shot."

A Cranbourne maiden winner in a two-start juvenile campaign last season, Danny's St Darci is the second-highest rated runner in the contest on a handicap rating of 75, with most of her rivals still in the 60s.

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