Victorian metropolitan racing turns to Flemington this Saturday for Finals Day. In its second year, Flemington Finals Day features the finals of five separate race series including the VRC-CRV Winter Championship, the Banjo Patterson Series, the All Victorian Sprint Series, the Silver Bowl Series and the Rivette Series Final.
The Flemington track has been the talk of much debate in recent times, predominantly with the infestation of Cockchafer Beetles that were of great concern to Flemington track manager Mick Goodie.
As of 4pm on Thursday, the Flemington track surface is rated a heavy 8, with the rail returning to the true position after being out twelve metres at the most recent meeting conducted on the 26th June.
Without doubt the feature event on Finals Day is the Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship which carries a total of $200,000 prize money.
Victoria’s leading trainer, Peter Moody has a strong hand in the event with Doubtful Jack and Ghostmilk the top two horses in early markets.
Doubtful Jack without question is the horse to beat with his latest two runs providing winning margins of 5.5 lengths and 4.3 lengths respectively. Unbeaten on heavy going, Doubtful jack looks certain to gain a perfect run in transit, with jockey Luke Nolen likely to position the son of Not A Single Doubt just off the speed after drawing perfectly in barrier two. If you are looking to have a punt on any of the Flemington Finals Day action head on over to Ladbrokes.com.au.
Moody’s other runner, imported mare Ghostmilk faces her stiffest test this time in after three consecutive wins on rain affected tracks in mares company. Ghostmilk, who is owned by OTI Racing, will be ridden by triple Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss is drawn alongside stable mate Doubtful Jack in barrier three. The rising seven year old mare, who possess an explosive turn of foot, will be given plenty of time by jockey Boss to find her feet, before extricating the mare to the crown of the track to unleash her run.
It is hard to see a horse outside Moody’s pair really threatening, however if there is to be a roughie, top weight Pinnacles may have the prior credentials to feature amongst the placings. The Rick Hore-Lacy trained gelding ran third in the 2008 Doncaster behind Triple Honour on a heavy track. A surprise winner first up at Sandown over 1200m, Pinnacles has a more than useful heavy track record with a fifty percent winning strike rate from four career starts on heavy going. Jockey Chris Symons takes the mount and will need to be at his patient best in order to provide the testing material for the favoured duo.
Of the support events on Flemington Finals Day, all eyes will be on the return of Mick Price’s promising grey gelding Our Baby Bonus in the three year old handicap over 1000m. Previously unbeaten, Our Baby Bonus was a shock defeat at his most recent outing in open company at Moonee Valley on the 14th June. Back to his own age group, the Dash For Cash gelding should prove too smart for his opposition particularly with three kilo claiming apprentice Taylor Lovelock-Wiggins in the saddle.
All in all Flemington Finals Day provides a very competitive winter meeting, where there looks to be only a couple of standout bets on the program, and plenty of value to choose from.