A full field of 16 horses has been announced to contest Saturday’s Listed $150,000 2012 VRC Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) at Flemington.
Headlining the list is Peter Moody-trained mare There’s Only One who has been in excellent form this campaign.
The talented four-year-old finished runner-up first-up at Caulfield before scoring back-to-back victories in the Winter Championship Handicap at Sale and the Winter Championship Heat at Flemington on June 23.
A daughter of Testa Rossa, There’s Only One boasts a highly promising record of eight wins from 16 starts and has collected more than $270,000 in prize money.
To continue her winning run, the four-year-old mare will have to overcome a wide draw after receiving barrier 16.
Fellow Moody-trained horse Doubtful Jack has also been included in the field and is coming off a fourth-place effort to his stablemate in the Winter Championship Heat on June 23.
Also heading into the race in excellent form is Chosen To Fly who will come from one barrier inside (15) There’s Only One.
The four-year-old produced back-to-back victories in Winter Championship Heats at Flemington on May 19 and June 9.
Drawing more favourably in barrier eight is New Zealand-bred gelding Lord Pyrus who has placed from all three starts this preparation.
Fellow New Zealand-bred gelding Menados faces a step up in class but the lightly-raced youngster has shown plenty of promise.
Trained by Nigel Blackiston at Flemington, Menados has won four times from six starts and is chasing a third consecutive win in Saturday’s feature.
Last year’s winner Glaneuse returns to defend his title but the six-year-old gelding will have to turn around a recent spell of bad form.
The Michael O’Leary-trained galloper has not won since he took out the event last year and has finished in the back half of the field in his two most recent starts.
Other horses included in the Winter Championship field include last-start winners Gallileo Gold and Sussuro and Robbie Griffiths-trained Gail.
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VRC Winter Championship Final 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||137282×411||CHOSEN TO FLY||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Danny Nikolic||15||60kg||96|
|2||090249×223||LORD PYRUS (NZ)||Judy Mawer||Ms Sally Wynne||8||60kg||96|
|3||3x3606x934||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||18||59kg||94|
|4||41269×6300||GLANEUSE||Michael O’Leary||Ms Linda Meech||9||59kg||94|
|5||x9626152x5||YULALONA||Peter Snowden||James Winks||13||59kg||94|
|6||1x1484x211||THERE’S ONLY ONE||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||16||58.5kg||97|
|7||8311×26184||GOLD SAND||Lee & Shannon Hope||Damien Oliver||7||57.5kg||91|
|8||0x52551513||GAIL||Robbie Griffiths||Nicholas Hall||4||55kg||89|
|9||038217×353||SOPHROSYNE||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||12||55kg||86|
|10||65×0502625||STONEBLACK||Robert Smerdon||Chris Symons||11||55kg||86|
|11||296×333521||SUSSURO||Tony Noonan||Jake Noonan (a)||10||55kg||86|
|12||41382×6260||POPULATION||Geoff Daffy||Garry Murphy||14||55kg||85|
|13||450×194832||FUTURE SOLUTION||Kane Harris||Craig Newitt||17||55kg||84|
|14||37057×2891||GALILEO GOLD (NZ)||Doug Harrison||Dean Yendall||3||55kg||84|
|15||088620×690||CANNONBALL (USA)||Pat Carey||TBA||1||55kg||82|
|16||115×411||MENADOS (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Steven King||5||55kg||78|
|17e||247x301x90||ITS PRINCE||Robbie Griffiths||Andrew Mallyon||2||58kg||92|
|18e||75558005×0||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Jim Conlan||TBA||6||58kg||92|