With the conclusion to the Queensland Winter Carnival Flemington is the centre of attention on Saturday with every race on the program being a series final. The Listed Winter Championship Series Final over 1600m is the feature attraction and the All Victorian Sprint Series Final over 1200m and Banjo Paterson Series Final over 2600m are two of the other highlights. Three of the other finals are named after former champion gallopers Rivette, Taj Rossi and Leilani.

 

MeetingRail PositionTrack Ratings 
(Thursday 4pm)(Saturday 8am)
Flemington True Heavy-8 Soft-7
Randwick 11 metres entire circuit Heavy-9 Heavy-9
Doomben 4.5 metres entire circuit Soft-6 Good-4
Morphettville Parks 1 metre 1000 to 500
True remainder of course
Heavy-9 Soft-7

 

Flemington, Race 2 - Rivette Series Final (12:20)

Euro Angel (1) has outstanding form for this open handicap for 3-Y-O fillies over 1600m and she is the one to beat if she can carry her hefty impost; in her first preparation Euro Angel showed a good deal of promise winning impressively on-debut in a Randwick 3-Y-O maiden (1200m) before she battled-on strongly for third to El Doute and Gold Ambition in a BM-77 at Rosehill (1400m). First-up this preparation Euro Angel made her rivals look second-rate winning a BM-78 for 3-Y-O fillies at Flemington (1400m) by 3.25 lengths under little or no pressure. Euro Angel has only carried 55, 54 and 53kg in her three starts so having to lump 60kg here is new territory and she has not raced for four weeks but she is proven at Flemington, she is undefeated on soft tracks, the step-up to 1600m should be of little concern, Dwayne Dunn rides and she is very promising.

 

Flemington, Race 4 - Taj Rossi Series Final (1:33)

Trenchant (2) has improved at every start and he will be hard to beat in this open handicap for 2-Y-O over 1600m; after failing badly at his first career start in a 2-Y-O maiden on the Geelong synthetic (1200m) Trenchant improved sharply for a strong third behind Artie Dee Two in a 2-Y-O handicap at Moonee Valley (1200m). Blinkers were then applied to Trenchant and he improved again to easily win a 2-Y-O handicap at Flemington (1400m) carrying 54kg. Trenchant's task is more difficult as he has to lump 59kg on this occasion but he clearly likes Flemington and soft tracks, the step-up to 1600m should be of no concern and Craig Williams takes over. Fast 'n' Rolling (6) has not missed a place in three starts and he is a chance to record his first victory; after a solid second in a Cranbourne maiden (1000m) on-debut Fast 'n' Rolling battled-on well for third in a 2-Y-O handicap at Morphettville Parks (1300m). Fast 'n' Rolling then battled-on strongly for third behind Trenchant at Flemington (1400m); the step-up to 1600m should not bother Fast 'n' Rolling, he meets Trenchant 4kg better and Dwayne Dunn is a key riding change. Captain Duffy (4) is coming-off a last start narrow win in a 2-Y-O handicap at Morphettville (1200m); Captain Duffy meets a better field and he steps-up to 1600m but he is drawn for a good run, he handles soft tracks, he is improving with every start and being from the Phillip Stokes stable he must be respected.

 

Flemington, Race 5 - All Victorian Sprint Series Final (2:10)

Voodoo Lad (3) only has to handle the straight course to go very close to winning this open handicap over 1200m; after winning brilliantly first-up in a BM-78 at Warrnambool (1100m) Voodoo Lad was then pestered in the lead and he found Casino Wizard much too good on the day in an open handicap at Morphettville Parks (1250m). Voodoo Lad then bounced back to his very best easily defeating last Saturday's winner Duke Of Brunswick in an open handicap at Moonee Valley (1200m). Voodoo Lad has an outstanding career record of eleven starts for six wins, four seconds and a third, he loves soft tracks, he will only carry 55kg and it is unlikely he will go backwards being from the Darren Weir stable. Ruettiger (10) raced very well at his last start when a slightly unlucky third to Odyssey Moon in an open handicap at Flemington (1100m); that was Ruettiger's first start down the straight so he should be improved by the experience, he is better suited over 1200m and Craig Williams rides.

 

Flemington, Race 6 - Banjo Paterson Series Final (2:50)

Master Of Arts (2) has three wins and a second from his last four starts and he is a good chance again in this open handicap over 2600m; after winning a BM-70 at Morphettville (2014m) and the Warrnambool Cup (2350m) Master Of Arts found Bold Sniper too good in a BM-90 at Sandown (2400m). Master Of Arts then proved too strong for Falago in an open handicap at Flemington (2520m) carrying 56.5kg. Master Of Arts has to lump 60kg on this occasion but he is racing very well, he likes soft tracks, he is proven at Flemington and Brad Rawiller takes over. Top-class jumper Wells (7) ran third to Master Of Arts and Falago at his last start at Flemington (2520m); Wells came from last and had to weave his way through the field back to the slower inside section so his effort to be beaten less than three lengths was good. Wells loves soft tracks and Craig Williams is a key riding change. Bold Sniper (1) was too good for Master Of Arts at Sandown (2400m) two starts back before he over-raced for much of the journey and he did well to finish fourth behind Master Of Arts at Flemington (2520m). Bold Sniper has to settle better here but he is drawn for a good run and Dwayne Dunn rides for the first time. Araldo Junior (3) was a big winner from Falago in an open handicap at Flemington (2500m) carrying 52kg; Araldo Junior has to carry 59.5kg here with Jake Bayliss unable to claim but he is a winning chance if he repeats his last-start performance.

 

Flemington, Race 7 - VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (3:30)

Iggimacool (4) returned to winning form at her last start and she has winning claims again in the Winter Championship Final over 1600m; first-up Iggimacool finished down the track behind Nautical in the Straight Six at Flemington (1200m) before she battled-on for seventh behind Jacquinot Bay in an open handicap at Flemington (1400m). Iggimacool then dropped-back to mares' company and she proved too strong for Telopea at Flemington (1400m). Iggimacool steps-back to open company but she is already proven at this level defeating He Or She at Flemington (1700m) last September; Iggimacool steps-up to 1600m but she has a good record at the distance, she likes Flemington, she handles soft tracks, Dwayne Dunn rides and she has had the perfect preparation. Chance To Dance (3) has only won one race in Australia but he has returned in good order; first-up Chance To Dance was a strong-finishing fourth behind Jimando at Flemington (1400m) before he battled-on well for fifth behind Onpicalo at Moonee Valley (1600m). Chance To Dance stays at 1600m but he has been kept fresh, Craig Williams rides and he should be strong at the finish. Jacquinot Bay (1) and Kenjorwood (2) both have to lump big weights but they are racing very well. they have excellent 1600m records, they like Flemington and both are very adept on soft tracks.

 

Flemington, Race 8 - A.R. Creswick Series Final (4:10)

Odyssey Moon (1) is perfectly placed carrying 58.5kg under the SWP conditions of the Creswick Final for 3-Y-O over 1200m; after four solid runs from a spell without winning Odyssey Moon returned to the winner's circle in a 3-Y-O handicap at Sandown (1300m) where he showed a lot of courage to hang-on carrying 58kg. Odyssey Moon then went right-on with the job defeating Runsati and Ruettiger in an open handicap at Flemington (1100m). Odyssey Moon returns to his own age, he is a proven weight carrier, he has raced very well at his two starts down the straight, he loves soft tracks and he is a big chance for the hat-trick. Prince Of Brooklyn (2), Sooboog (4) and Lord Von Costa (6) all have the ability to be competitive here.

 

Flemington, Race 9 - Leilani Series Final (4:45)

A Lotta Love (3) is racing well and she is a good chance in this open handicap for mares over 1400m; three starts back A Lotta Love was beaten a half-length into third place behind Runway Star and Private Secretary in the G3 Proud Miss at Morphettville (1200m). A Lotta Love then found Forgeress just too strong in a mares' handicap at Sandown (1300m) giving Forgeress 3kg before she finished strongly to defeat Chiavari and Forgeress in a mares' handicap at Caulfield (1200m) last Saturday. A Lotta Love has raced well on the quick back-up before, she is a winner over the course and distance, she handles soft tracks and she will only carry 54kg. Telopea (5) has not finished worse than second at her last four starts; after defeating Kansas Sunflower in a BM-78 for fillies and mares at Bendigo (1300m) Telopea has looked the winner at her last two starts before finding Sea Spray in a BM-84 for mares at Sandown (1400m) and Iggimacool in a mares' handicap at Flemington (1400m) too strong. Telopea has a very good 1400m record, she is drawn for a good run and Craig Williams rides for the first time. She's Clean (1), Forgeress (4) and Sea Spray (8) are some of the other chances.

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