Fri, Jul 6, 10:50am by Staff Writer
It’s Finals day at Flemington on Saturday where the rail is in the true and although the odd drop of rain is forecast, the track should be in the good range.
The Listed Creswick Stakes (1200m) is one of the features of the day with one of the most talked about horses in recent weeks, a short-price favourite in the race. Nature Strip ($1.40) is having his second start for Darren Weir after blitzing his rivals last start down the Flemington straight over 1100m. Since that win – and the time he ran – he’ been on everyone’s lips in regard to a spot in The Everest and a repeat performance of his last victory might just secure him a slot. I Am Someone ($20) and Double Jeopardy ($21) filled the minors behind Nature Strip and both line up here.
Mick Price saddles up four runners including the distant second favourite Sun Quan ($10) who has been close without winning this time in but he did put together three straight last prep. Layel ($27) and Tagreeda ($31) are both down on the limit weight while King’s Authority ($31) has the one win from his six career starts, that win being here at Flemington on debut.
Bel Sonic ($12) is a handy horse on his day and he makes his Flemington debut here. Egyptian Bullet ($26) has won three of her last four and six from 12 overall.
A full field of 16 and four emergencies have accepted for the Listed Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) and unlike the Sprint, this is an open affair.
Moreton’s Fork ($9) was a good winner before a spell and he’s now third-up after two unplaced runs in the heats making up good ground late.
Chamois Road ($10) is looking to make it three from three this prep but he’s been given no favours with the barrier draw, coming up with 19. Likewise, Magic Consol ($5) who’s won two of his past four but drawn poorly in barrier 18.
Ozi Choice ($4.20) was second to Chamois Road last start which came off the back of a strong win over 1400m here at Flemington before that, and he’s one of three runners for Weir. Silentz ($7) – who’s won five from his ten career starts – is the first emergency in the race but was a last start winner over this track and distance a fortnight ago while Raw Impulse ($27) began his Australian racing career with a bang a couple of years ago but hasn’t really fired a shot since.
Moss ‘N’ Dale ($16) heads back from a quick Queensland trip where he finished midfield in the Listed Eye Liner (1350m) at Ipswich. That came off the back of a win at Flemington before that beating Rib Eye ($17) who also lines up here.
Cool Chap ($9.50) – who was second to Ozi Choice last start – Mihany ($21) and Jacquinot Bay ($15) all line up for Team Hayes/Dabernig with the latter coming off a last start win at his 78th career start – his 15th victory overall.
Kaching ($17) is in winning form and he’s eyeing three straight here although he’s none from two at the track. Stable mate – and second emergency – Lite’N In My Veins ($12) is also in good form winning four from his last six but similarly he’s none from two here at Flemington.
Suggested Bet: Morton’s Fork ($7.50, race 8 number 7) should be ready to peak third-up after two solid performances this campaign. He gets better into his prep and given that, this has probably been a target for him. He opened as much as $9.50 so there’s been good early support in what’s a race with many many chances.
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