The Robert Smerdon-trained Iggimacool proved too strong for her rivals in the Listed Winter Championship Series Final over 1600m at Flemington; the former Tasmanian mare had proved herself at this level and Iggimacool returned to form at her previous start with a classy win against mares at Flemington so she had to be a genuine winning chance. Given a perfect ride from Dwayne Dunn Iggimacool chimed-in at exactly the right time in the straight and she fought-on bravely to easily hold Petrology and Onpicalo at-bay. The Lloyd Williams-owned Chance To Dance finished a disappointing eleventh and he is not living-up to the form he showed in his first Australian start in which he defeated The United States. Despite this winner for Dunn the day belonged to Craig Williams who ride five winners and Dunn now leads Williams by only one win in this season's Melbourne Jockeys' Premiership.
The Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final over 1200m looked a two-horse race between Voodoo Lad and Ruettiger and so it proved with the Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained Ruettiger proving just too strong for Voodoo Lad; when Voodoo Lad cruised to the front approaching the 300m mark the All Victorian Sprint Final looked to be in his keeping but Ruettiger would not be denied and he wore-down Voodoo Lad in the shadows of the post. Ruettiger was the third of five winners for Craig Williams and it was another exemplary ride. Ruettiger is really starting to hit his straps and there are more wins in-store for the son of Duporth. Voodoo Lad was certainly not disgraced and he will be back in the winner's circle before too long.
The John O'Shea-trained Trenchant made it consecutive wins at Flemington with his narrow victory in the Listed Taj Rossi Series Final for 3-Y-O over 1600m; Futura threatened big danger to Trenchant in the straight but Trenchant carrying 59kg refused to surrender under Craig Williams' vigorous riding and he prevailed by a nose from Futura with All Out Of Love running a much-improved race for third. The Listed A.R. Creswick Series Final for 3-Y-O over 1200m was won in very good style by the Stephen Brown-trained Lord Von Costa; this was only Lord Von Costa's second career win but he has not missed a place in nine starts and he will be winning a lot more races. Lord Von Costa was challenged by Prince Of Brooklyn on his inside and Odyssey Moon on his outside but he proved too strong to give Craig Williams the fourth of his five winners for the day.
The other Series Final winners were Lady Selkirk in the Silver Bowl Final for 3-Y-O over 1600m, Daniela Rosa in the Rivette Final for 3-Y-O fillies over 1600m, Master Of Arts in the Banjo Paterson Final over 2600m and Telopea in the Leilani Final for mares over 1400m which gave Craig Williams the last of his five winners. It was also another great day for Darren Weir who trained a treble courtesy of Killarney Kid in the VRC-CRV Cup Tour Trophy over 2000m, Master Of Arts and Telopea. The form from the Rivette Final should be particularly strong with Daniela Rosa wearing-down Euro Angel to win by three-quarters of a length with another two and a half-lengths to Payroll in third place; Daniela Rosa and Euro Angel have imposing wet-track records so they should continue to be very competitive over the Winter months.
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