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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|30||17×0029513||VENTURE ON||G||6||Mitchell Freedman||88|