Anthony Freedman has the Brisbane Winter Racing...
It is a wide open betting market for the Winter Championship Series Final 2016 this Saturday at Flemington with half the field for the Finals Day feature under $10 for the win.
Due to run as Flemington Race 7 at 3:30pm (AEST), this season’s $150,000 Listed VRC Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) features a 14 starter field.
Seven of those are at single-figures in the current Winter Championship Series Final odds at [labrokes] to take out the handicap mile showdown.
Narrow $5 favourite and market mover is Chance To Dance jumping from barrier four with internationally performer Group 1 mega hoop Craig Williams booked for the ride.
Williams was last on the Robert Hickmott-trained import for a dead last during the Melbourne Cup Carnival when the Teofilo six-year-old walked home in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) ending his 2015 campaign.
Since then the gelding has had two strong winter runs, the latest a fifth over the mile at Moonee Valley on June 18 ahead of his shot at a maiden Flemington win at his fifth start at the famous Victorian course.
The roomer track is set to suit and he should be flying home late looking to salute for the punters.
Hot on his heels at an equal $7 are Kenjorwood and Iggimacool drawn in barriers 14 and 10 respectively.
Kenjorwood has 59.5kg and is prepared by Melbourne Cup winning horseman Darren Weir.
He had a kilo less on his back when third behind Onpicalo in the same heat that produces Saturday’s favourite, the son of Snippetson a dual Flemington winner.
The six-year-old also has winning form over his last start conqueror having defeated Onpicalo home by 1.75 lengths at Sandown-Lakeside over the mile on May 28.
Iggimacool on the other hand drops in weight from 57kg when winning a mares’ handicap over 1400m at Flemington a fortnight ago to 56.5kg for her run against the boys on the weekend.
Robert Smerdon’s five-year-old daughter of Savoire Vivre has now won two from four at Flemington and has a gun record over a mile as well (4-2-1-0), a distance she’ll enjoy getting out over for the first time this year.
Rounding out the top half of betting are By The Grace ($7.50), the flying top weight Jacquinot Bay ($8.50) and the aforementioned Onpicalo ($8.50).
By The Grace is well weighted getting in on the 54kg minimum with Patrick Moloney to ride Andrew Noblet’s consistent God’s Own five-year-old from barrier three.
The gelding ran third and second respectively to fellow Winter Championship Final contender Jacquinot Bay in two lead-up heats over 1400m at the track last month and is out to turn the tables going up to a mile.
His last look at the 1600m produced a Listed Balaklava Cup (1600m) win in September last year and he is ticking plenty of boxes to enjoy a fourth win from nine starts at the distance.
Jacquinot Bay is at the other end of the weight scale carrying 60kg, the same weight the in-form David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Galileo eight-year-old carried to victory here a fortnight back for his second win on the trot.
Despite the kilos the veteran is ticking plenty of boxes to make it three straight including his good mile record (14-6-3-0) and ability on rain-affected tracks, which Flemington is likely to be for the weekend’s racing.
Onpicalo also has credible form on Soft and Heavy going, Mick Price’s Hussonet six-year-old coming off the Moonee Valley win from June 18 where he had just 51kg.
He rises to 55kg on the weekend, but is still well-weighted and in with a chance.
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