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Saturday’s 2017 Winter Championship Series Final is one of the feature races on Finals Day at Flemington Racecourse and the latest odds on the mile clash have two gallopers installed as co-favourites.
Amovatio and Tshahitsi are both currently paying $6 at Ladbrokes.com.au to win this season’s $150,000 Listed Winter Championship Series Final (1600m).
The Chris Waller-trained Amovatio (60kg) gives the weight away allocated top kilos, but the bookies are taking no chances with the Al Maher six-year-old.
Damien Oliver retains the ride after being aboard for the horse’s lead-up 10th at Moonee Valley on June 17.
Amovatio was beaten under three lengths by the winner Petrology in a luckless run, drops a half-kilo and will enjoy returning to Flemington for the first time since his brae fourth in the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m) last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Drawn wide in barrier 15 is then the other best fancied of the gallopers, the Chris Crook & Imogen Miller-trained Tshahitsi (57.5kg) from Tasmania.
The five-year-old son of Clangalang has been to Flemington three times previously for a win over 1400m by an impressive three and a quarter lengths two back and his lead-up third behind Cannyescent on June 24.
Tshahitsi comes back from 59kg that run where he was defeated just over a length and should handle the extra distance this weekend.
Occupying the third line of Winter Championship Series betting this season at $8 is then Rhythm To Spare for local horseman Michael Moroney.
The veteran Pins seven-year-old is out to improve on his lead-up seventh at the tight Moonee Valley circuit behind Petrology, a run that was better than it reads on paper with the gelding defeated only two lengths.
He’s a genuine miler boasting seven wins, a second and two thirds from 19 previous runs at the distance and in his other most recent run finished third to Burning Front in Adelaide’s Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m).
Rounding out the single-figure hopes in the Winter Championship Series Final odds are Michael Kent’s last start Caulfield winner Coldstone ($9) coming back from 61kg to the 54kg minimum this weekend and Lindsay Park’s four-year-old Sovereign Nation ($9.50).
There’s also money coming for the early market mover Count Da Vinci who has been heavily backed in from $20 to $11.
Well-weighted on 54.5kg, Count Da Vinci is prepared in Tasmania by Scott Brunton and was last seen running second to Big Duke in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) in late February.
That followed a one and a half-length win in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m), but the Tassie stayer also has strong form at a mile (5-2-1-1).
A dual Hobart trial winner in June, the six-year-old from the Apple Isle looks fit and ready to fire first-up at a mile and Brunton rates him a winning hope.
“In the lower grades, he beat them with contempt over here [in Tasmania]. So it gave us the confidence to think he would race competitively over there over the shorter course,” Brunton told RSN 927’s Racing Pulse on Friday.
“I just thought maybe fresh-up over the mile, plenty of miles in his legs, that he might be a terrific chance of running the best possible race that way.
“I think he’ll be in the first four or five, I think there’s a fair bit of speed in the race, so he’ll be up there.
“He’s drawn a great gate, so you’ve got to use it. A bit of the speed is out wide, Tshahitsi and that.
“Mihany – it’ll probably lead. I thought we’ll be around the mix.”
See below for the full Winter Championship Series Final 2017 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 Winter Championship Series Final Betting
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