Amovatio Tops 2015 Winter Championship Series Final Nominations

Chris Waller’s last start Flemington winner Amovatio is the top rated nominee for the Winter Championship Series Final 2015 back at the same track on Finals Day in Melbourne on the weekend.


Amovatio is the top rated 2015 Winter Championship Series Final nominee for Flemington this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of the key races on the nine event program at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday is the lucrative $150,000 Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600m).

The handicap feature has attracted a bumper 30 nominations, the top 16 horses to have earned the most points over the heats around Victoria guaranteed a spot in the field.

One of those includes Waller’s Al Maher four-year-old Amovatio who beat home Decircles over 1400m on June 27 in Heat 6.

Mitchell Freedman’s Warrnambool-based six-year-old Venture On was third in that same heat after a 1600m win at Bendigo earlier in the month and is also nominated for Saturday’s final.

Waller has also nominated for his three-year-old Statue Of Liberty gelding Liberty Island.

Another notable last start winner in the mix meanwhile is Richard Jolly’s mile specialist from Adelaide Alcohol, the six-year-old having won over 1600m at Moonee Valley last month adding to his strong record over the distance (6-3-0-2).

Peter Moody prepares one of the other top hopes among the nominees in Snippetson five-year-old Kenjorwood.

The gelding comes off a string of excellent runs including three at Flemington over 1700 – 2000m, the latest being a second behind Magicool on May 23.

Last time out he ran at Moonee Valley crossing third over 2040m behind Digitalism on June 6 giving him a month between runs heading into Saturday’s Winter Championship Series Final.

His record over the distance is good with a win and three seconds from four previous starts at the mile, but he is yet to race over the 1600m at Flemington.

Moody’s other nominee is four-year-old Dylan Thomas mare Metaphorical, a recent mile winner at Moonee Valley who is out to atone for a ninth behind Alcohol over eh same track and distance from June 20.

Also nominated for the final are the always honest Tried And Tired for Leon & Troy Corstens who comes off a 1400m second at Caulfield from last Saturday and the Robert Smerdon-trained Mr Utopia.

A five-year-old Elusive Quality gelding, Mr Utopia always runs well at Flemington where he has had four starts for two wins and a second, and is to date undefeated from two previous mile runs.

The Winter Championships Series Final 2015 field and barriers are out on Wednesday morning so stay tuned.

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2015 Winter Championship Series Final Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 11/07/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x16333x231 ALCOHOL G 6 Richard Jolly 95
2 12217×5531 AMOVATIO G 4 Chris Waller 99
3 0x899225x7 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) G 8 Darren Weir 91
4 430×593186 BY THE GRACE G 4 Andrew Noblet 77
5 4216×00805 CLANGA’S GLORY G 8 Andrew J Payne 81
6 2422×66231 CORONATION SHALLAN M 5 Brett Scott 86
7 18x72890x9 ENTERTAINS M 4 John O’Shea 80
8 9x00x58705 FUTURE SOLUTION G 8 Kane Harris 77
9 x2x781x437 GOOD VALUE G 8 Michael Kent 94
10 1527×97073 HENWOOD (NZ) G 6 John Sadler 90
11 1133×33123 KENJORWOOD G 5 Peter G Moody 99
12 1x9437x007 LAKE SENTENTIA M 6 Darren Weir 90
13 x4214x6154 LIBERTY ISLAND G 3 Chris Waller 71
14 x004852x00 LORD OF BRAZIL (NZ) G 8 Darren Weir 93
15 15583×8171 LUCKYI’MBAREFOOT G 7 Matthew Williams 92
16 92123×4319 METAPHORICAL M 4 Peter G Moody 97
17 x547x17126 MR UTOPIA G 5 Robert Smerdon 97
18 7542×89878 PIN YOUR HOPES (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 83
19 0265442322 REFULGENT H 4 Darren Weir 78
20 9x4155x500 RELENTLESS G 6 Antony Alder 75
21 733×542340 SEARCH SQUAD (NZ) G 4 Doug Harrison 78
22 131×24274 SIR ANDREW (NZ) G 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 81
23 x611150x76 SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ) M 4 Peter G Moody 82
24 133×719521 TANKSTER G 4 Ray Cleaver 80
25 3x079x6156 TINY’S LEGACY G 4 Nigel Blackiston 80
26 74684500×6 TRAVOLTA (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 96
27 5123×46402 TRIED AND TIRED G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 98
28 0417×74455 TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) G 6 Robbie Laing 87
29 9274533223 VENTIC G 6 Byron Cozamanis 78
30 17×0029513 VENTURE ON G 6 Mitchell Freedman 88


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