The Chris Waller-trained Amovatio set a new weight-carrying record in Saturday’s Winter Championship Series Final 2015 saluting with 60kg in the Flemington Finals Day feature.
Ridden patiently by Damien Oliver, Waller’s Al Maher four-year-old lumped around the 60kg top weight in the $150,000 Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) after jumping from a wide barrier 11 of 15 draw.
The big weight and wide gate had the Waller stabled worried pre-race, but the bookies kept Amovatio safe in betting as one of just three single figure fancies in the markets for the handicap clash.
“His work’s been super, he’s a horse that does very well so you’ve got to be a little bit careful because he can get away on you, but his coat’s been great,” Waller’s Melbourne foreman Justine Hales said post-win on Saturday.
“We were just a bit worried with the weight and wide draw.”
Putting in a brave run, Amovatio ($9.50) was able to score back-to-back wins at the track a fortnight apart backing up from carrying 57.5kg to victory over 1400m there on June 27 to his short-half-head win after the Robert Smerdon-trained favourite on Saturday Mr Utopia ($3.90) who did well to hold for second after using up lots of energy early.
Ridden by Dwayne Dunn, Elusive Quality five-year-old Mr Utopia looked the winner up front until the final few strides when Amovatio arrived late to the scene and saluted at the longer odds.
“Actually I thought I had got beat to be honest, but if it did win it was going to be a good result because I could not have ridden him any better. When it all comes off it’s certainly very rewarding,” Oliver told the media after the thrilling win.
“I just didn’t want to do it at both ends with the big weight. He was nice and smooth today, he travelled beautifully for me and every time a gap came he stuck his head through it. I thought if I could let him have it pretty easy in the first three-quarters of the race he would finish strong for us, and he did.”
Finishing off the winning Winter Championship Series Final trifecta a nose away again in third in the blanket finish was then Brett Scott’s roughie shot Coronation Shallan ($31) who apprentice Michael Dee rode for the brave placing.
Prior to Amovatio’s historic win the heaviest weighted Winter Championship Series Final winner was Glaneuse who had 59kg on his back when successfully defending his title in 2012 to go back-to-back in the series.
Waller celebrated his maiden win in the series while Hall of Fame jockey Oliver enjoyed his second after riding Gold Salute (2009) to victory six years earlier.
“I knew we had to have a pretty good run to defy the weights of last start and he got back on the inside but we were able to save ground and get a good run through,” Oliver said of Amovatio’s effort.
“He got a little keen first time in the blinkers last time, but today he travelled beautifully for me. We got a nice run through and every time a gap came he just stuck his head into it and finished really strongly.
“Fortunately he just put his head out at the right time.”
The full Winter Championship Series Final 2015 results and finishing order are found below.
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2015 Winter Championship Series Final Results
Flemington Race 7 – 11/07/2015
|1||1||AMOVATIO||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||–||11||60kg||$9.50|
|2||3||MR UTOPIA||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||0.1L||8||59kg||$3.90F|
|3||9||CORONATION SHALLAN||Brett Scott||Michael Dee (a)||0.2L||15||54kg||$31|
|4||4||GOOD VALUE||Michael Kent||Noel Callow||0.95L||10||57.5kg||$11|
|5||12||SIR ANDREW (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Craig Williams||1.15L||6||54kg||$5|
|6||16||BY THE GRACE||Andrew Noblet||Clare Lindop||1.35L||13||54kg||$31|
|7||13||TINY’S LEGACY||Nigel Blackiston||Darren Gauci||2.1L||3||54kg||$21|
|8||18e||METAPHORICAL||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||2.85L||9||57kg||$12|
|9||2||TRIED AND TIRED||Leon & Troy Corstens||Steven Arnold||3.25L||4||59.5kg||$7|
|10||7||VENTURE ON||Mitchell Freedman||Jarrod Fry||3.35L||14||54.5kg||$11|
|11||5||LORD OF BRAZIL (NZ)||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||3.45L||5||57kg||$51|
|12||20e||RELENTLESS||Antony Alder||Ms Jackie Beriman (a)||4.2L||7||54kg||$101|
|13||15||VENTIC||Byron Cozamanis||Craig Newitt||5.7L||1||54kg||$31|
|14||14||SEARCH SQUAD (NZ)||Doug Harrison||Patrick Keane||5.9L||12||54kg||$31|
|15||8||LAKE SENTENTIA||Darren Weir||Chris Parnham||6.1L||2||54kg||$41|
|–||19e||TRAVOLTA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||10||PIN YOUR HOPES (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||6||HENWOOD (NZ)||John Sadler||Glen Boss||–||0||–||–|
|–||11||CLANGA’S GLORY||Andrew J Payne||Dean Holland||–||0||–||–|
|–||17e||KENJORWOOD||Peter G Moody||–||–||0||–||–|