One of the key feature races at Flemington Racecourse for Finals Day this weekend is the VRC Winter Championship Series Final 2015, betting tips on the handicap clash run over the mile found below.
Due to jump as Flemington Race 7 at 3:30pm (AEST) late on the nine-event program, this season’s $150,000 Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) will run at capacity with 16 starters.
Two of those are emergencies with the Peter Moody-trained Metaphorical and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Travolta coming in to replace Pin Your Hopes and Clanga’s Glory.
Moody’s first emergency Kenjorwood has also officially been scratched in favour of a run in the first at Randwick in Sydney’s $85,000 Shoot Out Mile (1600m) where he will get in on just 51kg thanks to the apprentice claim of Regan Bayliss in the small five-horse field.
Winter Championship Series Final betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is led by Lee & Shannon Hope’s Sir Percy four-year-old Sir Andrew ($4.20) who is tipped to improve on his recent form going up in distance and the Robert Smerdon-trained Mr Utopia ($4.40) who will be finishing off strongly.
There looks to be plenty of value in the market however with three other single figure hopes including the big mover in from $10 to $8, Good Value, drawn wide in gate 13 but with a nice 1600m record.
In the open field with some nice priced contenders at double figures who do you back and who do you sack in the Winter Championship Series Final on Saturday?
#18 Metaphorical ($11)
Moody took Kenjorwood out but his Dylan Thomas mare gets a run and the four-year-old is out to atone for her ninth over the mile at Moonee Valley from June 20. She’s at good odds because of that flop when beaten 12 lengths after carrying 57kg on a Soft (5) track. The run before however she saluted over the same track and distance to beat Lord Durante by a half-length on a Good (4) course so she needs the firm ground obviously. Nice lead-up form before that including a third when just a quarter-length off The Bowler in Adelaide’s Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) in mid-May on another Good-rated track. Flemington is currently rated a Good (4) so she’ll love that and 57kg is manageable.
#12 Sir Andrew ($4.20)
Lots to like about the firming favourite who should get an excellent run from the barrier with Craig Williams riding on the 54kg minimum, which is a super light weight for the Seymour-based four-year-old. Has had the same weight and jockey for his two most recent runs for a seventh then fourth over 1400m at Flemington from barrier 10 both times, but with a better alley and extra 200m on Saturday he’ll be hard to hold off.
#7 Venture On ($13)
Mitchell Freedman prepares this in-form Nothing To Lose six-year-old who is at a nice price to run a place in black-type company on the weekend. The gelding has a wide barrier but is a chance to overcome the gate with the right ride from jockey Jarrod Fry on just 54.5kg. Won over the mile at Bendigo two back by nearly four lengths before a third behind Saturday’s top weight Amovatio ($8.50) in Heat 6 of the series a fortnight ago. Defeated just one and quarter lengths in that with the same weight but better gate. Don’t rule out.
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