VRC Winter Championship Final 2012 – Final Field Announced

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