Mick Burles’ Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner has opened narrow favourite to post back-to-back Flemington wins in the 2013 Winter Championship Series Final this weekend.
Runner-up in the Hobart Cup earlier in the year the Savoire Vivre five-year-old resumed off a four month break at Flemington on June 22 to overcome 58kg and barrier 14 of 14 and win the David Bourke Provincial Plate (1610m).
That performance has seen the bookies swarm them for their second-up run back at the track on Saturday where they are the favourite to win the $150,000 Listed TROA/Luxbet Winter Championship Series Final (1600m).
Sitting top of the markets at a quote of $4.20 The Cleaner may have the class but they are a vulnerable top fancy with another wide draw (12 of 13) and big 60kg topweight working against them and jockey Craig Newitt.
The $5 second favourite in the Winter Championship Series Finals betting markets is then perennial runner-up Another Prelate tipped to play the bridesmaid for the fourth time on the trot.
Meeting The Cleaner four kilos better in the weights having been allocated 56kg with Craig Robertson to ride from the ideal barrier three draw, Quinton Scott’s Mornington-based galloper certainly has plenty of pluses form-wise.
The Lord Vain gelding may be a rising nine-year-old but they have been racing in career best form over the past year finishing out of the money just once since September 2012.
This time in they’ve had three runs at Flemington progressing through the Winter Championship Series and have been second in all three of their 1400m heats.
The last they were beaten just a nose by Club Command on June 22 and with a bit of luck they can improve on that and take out the Grand Final.
There are then three other hopefuls under double figures with:
- #9 Storm Burst ($7.50) – Should get a gun run from the inside alley, Peter Moody’s Danehill Dancer mare coming off a third over the Moonee Valley mile against similar company
- #12 Under The Hat ($8) – John Sadler-trained six-year-old comes off two heat runs when fourth and third respectively, awesome record at Flemington having raced at the track 15 times in their 27 starts so far for eight top three finishes
- #13 Clanga’s Glory ($8.50) – Ballarat galloper was fourth to The Cleaner last start at the track and distance before which they beat Hollowlea in a mile heat for this series in Bendigo just six days earlier
Other horses at slightly longer Winter Championship Series Finals odds that represent good value then include last start Moonee Valley winner over a number of these Blackie ($10), the Darren Weir-trained stayer Magnifique Soleil ($11) and four-year-old Show A Heart mare Dayita ($11) in gate two as she shoots for another win following a victory at the Valley over 1600m last Saturday.
See below for the full Winter Championship Series Final odds 2013, prices provided by the country’s leading online sportsbook bookmaker.com.au.
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2013 Winter Championship Series Final Odds
Flemington Race 6 – 2:57pm (AEST) – 06/07/2013
|1||THE CLEANER (12)||4.20|
|4||MAGNIFIQUE SOLEIL (13)||11.00|
|5||ANOTHER PRELATE (3)||5.00|
|9||STORM BURST (1)||7.50|
|12||UNDER THE HAT (8)||8.00|
|13||CLANGA’S GLORY (4)||8.50|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change