VRC Winter Championship Series Final 2020 Field & Betting Update

July 3, 2020

VRC Winter Championship Series Final 2020 Field & Betting Update

Finals Day at Flemington takes place on Saturday with one of the meeting’s most anticipated events being the 2020 VRC Winter Championship Series Final where a trio of horses are battling for top spot in the markets.

Plein Ciel (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) - Races.com.au

Plein Ciel is the market mover heavily backed to win the 2020 VRC Winter Championship Series Final at Flemington on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Set to run as Race 8 as the penultimate event on the card, this season’s Listed $128,000 Seppelt Wines VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) features a capacity field of 16 plus three emergencies.

Current narrow favourite sitting top of the VRC Winter Championship Series Final odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Danny O’Brien-trained Plein Ciel who has been heavily backed in early from $7.50 to $4.60.

Billy Egan rides the German-bred Mamool gelding raced by Australian Bloodstock for the third time this campaign.

Two back the duo ran a first-up third over 1400m at Flemington before Plein Ciel enjoyed his first win since the Group 3 Easter Cup at Caulfield in April last year when saluting over the mile at The Valley on June 13 in a dead-heat.

He races over the same distance at HQ on the weekend, but will need to be at his best going up to 59kg.

Two horses follow in betting as the dangers at an equal quote of $5.50 with Heptagon chasing a third win on the trot and the also in-form Shot Of Irish.

Prepared by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, Jimmy Choux six-year-old Heptagon has Dean Yendall in the saddle on Saturday carrying a hefty 61kg.

The galloper comes off a trio of winter lead-up wins including a three-length romp home in the Swan Hill Cup (1600m) on June 7 and a last start 1420m handicap win at Flemington carrying 61.5kg.

He comes back a half-kilo on the weekend and should appreciate getting back up to a mile with a likely off the pace run from his midfield barrier.

The Richard Laming-trained Shot Of Irish comes into the Winter Championship Series Final having won three of his past four starts, the consistent son of Canford Cliffs having just his second run at Flemington on Saturday.

He was runner-up at the track and distance two back behind fellow Finals Series hopeful Reykjavik back on May 23 before dead-heating for first with Saturday’s favourite Plein Ciel at The Valley in the Travis Harrison Cup.

The other best fancied in the markets include the Clinton McDonald-trained Never Again ($9.50), first emergency Noble Boy ($10) coming off a very strong form race at Rosehill from June 13 and Vassilator ($10).

Caulfield’s Colin Little saddles-up Zacinto four-year-old Vassilator in the event with the chestnut after his fourth win at Flemington from 10 starts.

Yet to win over further than 1400m, the galloper was sixth to Heptagon last time out carrying 59.5kg and comes back in weight (57kg) for the rematch.

Click here for the latest VRC Winter Championship Series Final 2020 betting odds thanks to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 VRC Winter Championship Series Final Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 8x710x3815 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Michael Rodd 18 62kg 104
2 24236×5111 HEPTAGON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 7 61kg 102
3 4980x600x5 MOSS ’N’ DALE (NZ) Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 5 59.5kg 99
4 12x940880x GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith John Allen 17 59kg 98
5 0x46570x31 PLEIN CIEL (GER) Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 8 59kg 98
6 x81242x177 A SHIN ROOK (JPN) Anthony Freedman Jye McNeil 2 58.5kg 97
7 0708×60040 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 14 57kg 94
8 132×651121 SHOT OF IRISH Richard Laming Michael Walker 9 57kg 94
9 3675×29416 VASSILATOR (NZ) Colin Little Craig Williams 6 57kg 94
10 421323×030 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 12 56.5kg 93
11 06×6535022 SIRCCONI Nick Ryan Daniel Stackhouse 16 56kg 92
12 0535×83166 CHAPEL CITY Gordon Richards Jamie Kah 13 56kg 88
13 090197×797 SAVVY OAK (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 19 56kg 87
14 970406×850 SAFIN David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 1 56kg 82
15 17724×6034 NEVER AGAIN Clinton McDonald Damien Oliver 4 56kg 80
16 x08x411x13 VICTORIA STAR (NZ) Greg Eurell Damien Thornton 15 56kg 77
17e x44300x663 NOBLE BOY Clare Cunningham Luke Nolen 11 56kg 90
18e x5205x7921 HOLBIEN Steve Richards Lachlan King (a) 3 56kg 88
19e 1113x652x0 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 10 56kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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