The opening race of Flemington’s Finals Day this Saturday is the 2014 Taj Rossi Series Final for two-year-olds, betting tips for which are detailed below.
There are 13 juveniles engaged for this year’s edition of the $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) the firm favourite drawn awkwardly with the outside gate.
Zebulon pays $2.90 to go back-to-back here after the Whittlesea-based All American colt broke their maiden status at career start number two with a smart win in the Murray Cox Handiap (1410m) here on June 28.
They did it that day from barrier 14 of 15 so have shown they can handle an outside draw, and get the extra metres stepping up to the mile here.
Their main dangers as perceived by the bookies are then Murray Cox runner-up Profit Share ($5) looking to turn the tables from barrier one and Vuelta ($8) for David Hayes who comes off a 1400m win at the track a month back.
So are these the ones to lock into your Taj Rossi Final trifecta bets?
Or can a double figure chance score an upset such as Fund Trader ($10) coming off a debut win at Echuca or the Hayes’ other runner Bernardini filly La Cicciolina ($14) who ran third behind Zebulon and Profit Share last start?
#4 Profit Share ($5)
Was defeated one and three quarter lengths by Zebulon in the Murray Cox last time out and will be looking to close that gap here. Last start Zebulon carried a kilo less than them with 56.5kg v 57.5kg but for Round 2 Weir’s Domesday colt gets the weight advantage (57.5kg) with the favourite up to 59kg. Zebulon also has the outside barrier while Profit Share is in the inside alley so think that will work to their advantage and they’re capable of turning the tables.
#2 Zebulon ($2.90)
They did it with ease over 1410m here a fortnight ago and with 2014 Caulfield Guineas ambitions this spring should be prime for a step up to a mile this weekend. Classy type with Group 1 potential, handled a wide gate last time so even from 13 here will be hard to beat. The jockey change with Glen Boss coming on will also aid their cause but does go up from 56.5kg to 59kg however so needs to handle the weight.
#5 Fund Trader ($10)
Brett Cavanough’s New Approach colt won on debut over 1200m last start and are up in class here for their city debut. It’s a tougher assignment and they jump straight to a mile but look like that will be their pet distance for the coming season. Had 58kg last start and drop back to 56.5kg here which will help. Some rain would also suit as their debut win was on a Heavy (8) track.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change