On Saturday Flemington Racecourse will host four black-types as part of its ‘Finals Day’ action including the Taj Rossi Series Final 2014 where early favourites Vuelta and Zebulon have both drawn wide.
This year’s $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) kicks off the racing action in Melbourne as Race 1 at 12:40pm and features a field of 13 promising two-year-olds.
Leading the field and weights in the handicap clash on 59kg are last start winners Vuelta and Zebulon.
Both gallopers, who have identical lead-up form running second on debut before winning their next run, have also both suffered a blow drawing wide with barriers 10 (Vuelta) and 13 (Zebulon) respectively.
The David Hayes-trained High Chaparral colt Vuelta won over 1400m at Flemington on June 14 with Michael Walker aboard after debuting at Werribee in May, Walker staying on for Saturday with his mount going up two kilos from last start.
All American colt Zebulon, prepared by Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison, meanwhile also goes up notably in the weights after carrying 56.5kg to victory here over 1410m on June 28.
They did it that day from a wide barrier 14 of 15 draw so can overcome the gate, with ace hoop Glen Boss to replace Linda Meech in the saddle.
All going to plan Zebulon will be set for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Second and third respectively behind Zebulon in the $80,000 Murray Cox Handicap (1410m) a fortnight ago, the Darren Weir-trained Profit Share and John O’Shea’s Allergic are also both in the mix for Saturday’s Taj Rossi Final.
Domesday colt Profit Share was defeated one and three quarter lengths that day on the back of a Seymour win over 1209m and carry the same 57.5kg weight here having also come up trumps for the rematch with barrier one.
Street Cry gelding Allergic meanwhile is still a maiden but was just a long neck further back form Profit Share in the Murray Cox carrying 56.5kg, half a kilo more than Nicholas Hall will ride them on this weekend.
Other notable hopes in the race include another of Hayes’ three hopes Lotion (barrier eight) who won over 1200m at Morphettville two back, the Brett Cavanough-trained Fund Trader coming off a win on debut in the mud at Echuca and Manhattan Rain filly Crafty for Robert Smerdon in barrier two.
See below for the full Taj Rossi Series Final 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2014 Taj Rossi Series Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 1 (12:40pm) – 12/07/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||21||VUELTA (NZ)||David Hayes||Michael Walker||10||59kg||68|
|2||21||ZEBULON (NZ)||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Glen Boss||13||59kg||68|
|3||33×15||LOTION||David Hayes||Jake Noonan||8||58kg||66|
|4||212||PROFIT SHARE||Darren Weir||–||1||57.5kg||65|
|5||1||FUND TRADER||Brett Cavanough||Daniel Stackhouse||9||56.5kg||63|
|6||20||WHAT A HOOT (NZ)||Leon Corstens||Ben Melham||6||56.5kg||63|
|7||43||ALLERGIC||John O’Shea||Nicholas Hall||11||56kg||62|
|8||33×16||CRAFTY||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||2||56kg||66|
|9||5||TRIPLE GOLD||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5||55.5kg||61|
|10||735×34||LA CICCIOLINA||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||4||54kg||61|
|11||47||TOTAL CONTROL||Wendy Kelly||Dale Smith||7||54kg||61|
|12||37×9665||JINX||Nikki Burke||Brian Higgins||12||54kg||58|
|13||079||CUBAN FIGHTER||Robbie Laing||Dean Holland||3||54kg||57|