The John O’Shea-trained Trenchant is equal top weight in a bumper field of two-year-olds facing off in Saturday’s Taj Rossi Series Final 2016 at Flemington Racecourse.
Finals Day hosts a nine-race card on the weekend and the first of four stakes races on the program is the $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) for juveniles.
Fourteen youngsters are in the mix for Flemington Race 4 at 1:33pm (AEST) including the Godolphin-raced Medaglia D’Oro colt Trenchant.
Jockey Craig Williams reunites with the up-and-comer after apprentice Michael Dee used his claim for the colt to win the Bay and Ranges Handicap (1400m) at the track on June 25.
Trenchant is drawn out in barrier 10 for his first look at the mile this weekend and also goes up from 54kg to 59kg in his toughest test to date.
Also allocated 59kg in the handicap clash is Mick Sell’s Moshe gelding Moshway who rises three kilos on the weight he carried to fourth behind Trenchant in the same heat lead-up a fortnight back.
Moshway has won just one of his seven starts to date and is also yet to race over 1600m, but gets the rails run from barrier one with Darren Gauci in the saddle on Saturday.
Along with Trenchant the other two last start winners in the mix are the Phillip Stokes-trained Adelaide raider Captain Duffy (4) and Vee Eight (9) prepared by Danny Williams.
King Cugat colt Captain Duffy has his maiden run outside of South Australia on Saturday on the back of a 1200m win at home two weeks ago.
He goes up from 56kg to 57.5kg for his interstate assignment on the weekend with Melbourne’s Patrick Moloney coming aboard.
The Goulburn-trained son of Commands Vee Eight meanwhile is looking to extend his winning streak to three on the trot following victories over 1300m and 1200m respectively at Wagga Wagga last month.
He hasn’t raced over further than 1300m, but with Flemington currently rated a Heavy (8) his proven form on Heavy tracks (2-2-0-0) is a big advantage.
Coming off a third to Trenchant is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Fast ‘N’ Rolling, the Fastnet Rock colt out to break his maiden status in his fourth run.
He did it tough from gate 13 of 15 last start and is drawn better with barrier seven for jockey Dwayne Dunn this weekend.
Of the lightweights standouts look to include the Ciaron Maher-trained Husson gelding Cha Ching (55.5kg) in his Flemington debut who has good form on rain-affected Victorian tracks and Mick Price’s progressive colt Mystical Star (55.5kg) with the outside alley to overcome on the back of a second over the distance last Friday at Pakenham.
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2016 Taj Rossi Series Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 4 (1:33pm) – 09/07/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||3x930x154||MOSHWAY||Mick Sell||Darren Gauci||1||59kg||67|
|2||931||TRENCHANT||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||10||59kg||67|
|3||3016||CLIFF HANGER||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Craig Newitt||3||58kg||65|
|4||741||CAPTAIN DUFFY||Phillip Stokes||Patrick Moloney||4||57.5kg||64|
|5||15||COBBMORE||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||2||57kg||63|
|6||233||FAST ’N’ ROLLING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||7||57kg||63|
|7||4×9011||VEE EIGHT||Danny Williams||Dylan Dunn (a)||9||57kg||63|
|8||710||ALL OUT OF LOVE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||6||56.5kg||62|
|10||0x432||CHA CHANG||Ciaron Maher||TBA||12||55.5kg||60|
|11||48||FUTURA||Mark Young||Cory Parish||8||55.5kg||60|
|12||82||MYSTICAL STAR||Mick Price||Michael Dee (a)||14||55.5kg||60|
|14||50||THE PERFECT CROP (NZ)||Robbie Laing||TBA||5||54.5kg||58|