2017 A.R. Creswick Series Final Field & Barriers

July 5, 2017

2017 A.R. Creswick Series Final Field & Barriers

A dozen three-year-old sprinters will take to the Flemington track on Finals Day this Saturday in the A.R. Creswick Series Final 2017 field.

Overstep

Chris Waller’s in-form filly Overstep is one of the standout three-year-olds in the 2017 AR Creswick Series Final field at Flemington on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Due to run as Flemington Race 5 at 2:10pm (AEST), this year’s $120,000 Listed A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200m) has attracted a class line-up of youngsters including the Chris Waller-trained Overstep.

Drawn ideally in barrier two with Craig Newitt retaining the ride, the in-form Exceed And Excel filly has won two of her past three starts during a five straight assault at Flemington.

Her latest saw her narrowly hold off Invincible Al to take out an 1100m sprint down the straight on June 24 from a wide barrier 12 of 12 draw.

She will relish the better gate this weekend and should also enjoy the step-up in distance having enjoyed two previous wins over the 1200m.

The only thing working against Overstep on Saturday is the filly going up from 54kg to 56.5kg under the set weights plus penalties conditions of the A.R. Creswick Final.

Invincible Al ran second to Overstep last time out and is also in the mix chasing the grand final win on the weekend from barrier seven.

Luke Nolen takes over for apprentice Beau Mertens aboard the Patrick Payne-trained I Am Invincible gelding who goes up from 54.5kg to 57.5kg this weekend.

Along with Overstep, the only other last start winner in the A.R. Creswick Series Final field this winter is the flying Robbie Griffiths-trained Fast Stryke.

The ultra-consistent Stryker gelding is yet to finish worse than third over his 10 career starts to date and was last seen carting a hefty 62kg to victory over 1100m at Echuca on June 26.

Fast Stryke has had seven previous runs over 1200m for one win and half a dozen seconds and will be hard to hold out this weekend dropping right back to 56kg, the lightest weight he’s ever carried.

Also a picture of consistency this season has been the John Moloney-trained Statue Of Liberty colt Liberty Song.

It has been a long time between drinks for the Caulfield-based three-year-old who hasn’t won since October last year, but he has been in the money more often than not.

Last start Liberty Song was second behind Revolving Door over 1200m at Moonee Valley and this weekend Damien Oliver takes over in the saddle from a nice gate four draw.

Other notable hopes in the mix include the Darren Weir-trained top weight Ken’s Dream (58.5kg) who is a black-type winner and previous Group 3 performer out to improve on a fifth to Overstep last start and Lindsay Park’s Exceed And Excel colt Highland Beat.

Check out the official A.R. Creswick Series Final 2017 field, barriers and jockeys below with markets on all the Finals Day races on Saturday due out shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 A.R. Creswick Series Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 5 (2:10pm) – 08/07/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 24×2212755 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 11 58.5kg 83
2 412238×512 INVINCIBLE AL Patrick Payne Luke Nolen 7 57.5kg 75
3 33×0354141 OVERSTEP Chris Waller Craig Newitt 2 56.5kg 78
4 20765×9803 HIGHLAND BEAT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Beau Mertens (a) 9 56kg 70
5 x238434232 LIBERTY SONG John Moloney Damien Oliver 4 56kg 68
6 123324 SACRED SHAM (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 12 56kg 66
7 23x21x2221 FAST STRYKE Robbie Griffiths Luke Currie 8 56kg 66
8 310×142438 MISTOFFELEES Kevin Bodey Jye McNeil 3 56kg 66
9 32216x5x56 HAY BALE Robbie Griffiths Ben E Thompson (a) 6 56kg 62
10 5x215x2 WOOMERA Wendy Roche James Winks 10 56kg 61
11 41x4060x52 I’M TELLING YA Amy Johnston Noel Callow 5 56kg 61
12 4x411x6376 MYSTIFIED Ryan Balfour Dwayne Dunn 1 55kg 71

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