Robert Smerdon’s in-form mare Iggimacool is a dual nominee for Flemington’s Finals Day meeting in Melbourne on Saturday but is likely to try her luck in the Winter Championship Series Final 2016.
Her Caulfield-based trainer Smerdon has the five-year-old daughter of Savoire Vivre nominated for both the $120,000 Leilani Series Final (1400m) for mares-only as well as the more lucrative open $150,000 Listed VRC Winter Championship Series Final (1600m)
She qualified for both finals at the track on June 25 with a half-length win over Telopea in the Central Region Handicap (1400m), but Smerdon is tempted to run her over the mile in the Winter Championship Final this weekend.
“Iggimacool qualifies for both the mares’ race and the Winter Final and will be nominated for both but I think she’s probably going to be better treated at the weights and over the 1600 metres in the Winter Championship Final,” Smerdon told AAP.
“She’s had a 1200-metre race and two 1400s so far this preparation so I think she’s ready to step up now.”
Iggimacool has a strong record at Flemington with two wins from four previous starts at Victoria’s premier track and is also proven over the 1600m.
From four runs over the mile she boasts two wins and a second, but she hasn’t been out over the distance since her failed 11th when running a well-beaten last behind Miss Rose de Lago in the Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield in mid-October last spring.
She ran in a heat of the Winter Championship Series two back, but could only manage to cross around four lengths back for seventh behind the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained veteran Jacquinot Bay who is also nominated for the final on Saturday.
Among the other notable Winter Championships Series Final nominees are the John O’Shea-trained Farolitos from Sydney who has a stellar mile record (7-2-2-2), Group 1 performed Snippetson six-year-old Kenjorwood from the stables of Darren Weir and former Group 2 Sandown Guineas winner Petrology.
There is a total of four Listed Finals on the Flemington card for the weekend rounded out by the $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) for two-year-olds, the $120,000 Listed A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200m) and the $150,000 Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m).
Smerdon has a total of three individual nominees across the nine-race card with Iggimacool joined by Reldas and Odyssey Moon.
Like the stables in-form mare, Odyssey Moon is a dual entry on the day in the mix for both the All Victorian Sprint Series as well as the AR Creswick following back-to-back wins over 1300m at Sandown-Hillside and 1100m at Flemington respectively.
Full Flemington fields for Saturday’s bumper program are out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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