John Sadler is gearing up for a big Finals Day at Flemington Racecourse this weekend including saddling up the current favourite Henwood in the Winter Championship Series Final 2014.
Caulfield-based Sadler has the odds-on fancy Vain Queen running earlier on the card in the All Victorian Sprint Final, and will also be in with a genuine hope in Henwood in the $150,000 Listed VRC/CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) at 3:35pm.
It’s a wide open Winter Championship Final betting market this year with six of the runners in the capacity 16-starter, four-emergency field at single figures.
Narrowly heading the odds at $11 is Sadler’s Savabeel gelding Henwood, the rising six-year-old drawn in barrier 11 (possibly into nine) with Glen Boss to ride.
Boss replaces Nicholas Hall who rode Henwood for their last-start fifth behind Akavoroun in Heat 6 of the series a fortnight ago when they were drawn wide in barrier 13 of 16 with 55kg.
They have a better gate for the rematch then and get in with the same weight leading the bookies to suggest they’re capable of turning the tables and return to the winner’s stall for the first time since May as the former Lloyd Williams-owned galloper goes up to the mile for the first time.
Second pick at $6.50 in the Winter Championship Series Final odds is then then Heat 6 winner Akavoroun for Ciaron Maher.
The Lacryma Cristi four-year-old has a brilliant record to date having won five of their six career starts and placing second in their other run over 1500m at Moonee Valley last month.
They have form on all types of ground winning on a Good (3) last time out when defeating Ringo by three quarters of a length over 1410m here, and also enjoying a Warrnambool victory back in April on a Heavy (10).
Akavaoroun however does go up from 54kg to 55.5kg on the weekend with Michelle Payne retaining the ride.
Following on $7 is then Tassie top-weight The Cleaner, Mick Burles’ consistent son of Savoire Vivre to carry 60kg.
They ran second in the opening heat behind Limes with 57.5kg two back before a win over the Moonee Valley mile with 58kg on June 21, Burles confident they are spot-on for another big run.
“Everything is spot on at the moment,” Burles told AAP on Thursday morning.
“We leave on the boat about seven o’clock (tonight) and then get there about six o’clock in the morning (on Friday) as normal.
“That’s what he always does, so I’m not changing anything.”
All going to plan, Burles will continue with Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival ambitions with The Cleaner including a possible run in the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) back at Flemington in mid-September.
“I’d be looking at weight-for-age races probably,” Burles said.
“I don’t think he’s a Group 1 horse but I think he could win a Group 2 or a Group 3, hopefully.”
The last of those under $10 to win are then Leon Corsten’s Heat 3 winner from June 14 Tried And Tired ($7.50) in barrier three, in-form Fastnet Rock four-year-old Ringo ($7.50) form New Zealand coming off a second to Akavoroun in their Australian debut and the Mick Price-trained Heat 7 winner over the miler at Cranbourne on July 3 Fast And Free ($8).
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