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Winter Racing heats up at Headquarters for Flemington Finals Race Day

29 June 2022 Written by VRC

Winter racing at Flemington reaches its crescendo on Flemington Finals Race Day this Saturday 2 July, with a nine-race card worth $1.5 million featuring the culmination of various series conducted over recent months.

Flemington Finals Race Day features an exciting mix of rising stars and proven talents, with horses such as Grand Promenade, The Astrologist and Foxy Frida winning on Flemington Finals Race Day last year on their way to stakes-level victories the following season.

Three of the finals carry Listed status – the $200,000 Penfolds VRC-CRV Winter Championship Final (1600m), the $200,000 Furphy Santa Ana Lane Sprint Series Final (1200m) and the $160,000 Kennedy Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) for two-year-olds.

Among those horses set to step out are Epsom Derby winner Serpentine and Moonee Valley Cup hero Lunar Flare, both in the Penfolds VRC-CRV Winter Championship Final, where they will meet emerging talent Tuvalu and popular veterans So Si Bon and Too Close The Sun.

Winter Championship Heat winner Looks Like Elvis could help jockey Linda Meech create history at Flemington by becoming the first female rider to win a Stakes race four times in Australia.

Group 1 winner Savatoxl, who rose from the dirt tracks of Alice Springs to take out last year’s The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide, will tackle the Flemington straight six for the first time in the Furphy Santa Ana Lane Sprint Series Final, a race renamed this year for another winner of The Goodwood in Flemington favourite Santa Ana Lane.

Each of the nine series has seen between five and nine heats run across Victoria, with the winner and runner up each earning a place in the final and the remaining places decided on ballot order.

VRC Chief Executive Steve Rosich said Flemington Finals Race Day is the highlight of winter racing at Headquarters.

“Flemington Finals Day was introduced in 2009 to allow horses to build a profile via the heats and racing fans can see the best of those horses showcased at Flemington,” Mr Rosich said.

“We are pleased with the strength of the fields this year, we know the meeting has acted as a springboard to bigger targets in recent years so I’m sure we’ll see some horses to follow out of Flemington Finals Day.”

VRC members can book a rich dining experience in one of the Club Stand restaurants including The Byerley, with a menu designed by Crown’s Guillaume Brahimi or taste the work of popular Crown chef Johnny Di Francesco in the Straight Six. This is just the third race day to be overseen by Crown Executive Chef at VRC Josh Pelham as part of the three-year hospitality services partnership between Crown and the VRC.

Non-members can book into The Terrace or take in the sights from directly in front of the winning post in the Saintly Place Sports Bar.

The Family Bistro in The View is free to book and offers hours of entertainment for parents and children including a jungle gym, silent cinema and arcade games.

Flemington Finals Race Day Program

Race

Time

Name

1

11:50

TCL Leilani Series Final (1400m)

2

12:25

Yulong Next Generation Sprinters Series Final (1200m)

3

13:00

MSS Security Rivette Series Final (1400m)

4

13:35

Kennedy Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m)

5

14:15

G.H. Mumm Mahogany Challenge Final (2500m)

6

14:55

Lexus Banjo Paterson Series Final (2600m)

7

15:30

Furphy Santa Ana Lane Sprint Series Final (1200m)

8

16:10

Penfolds VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600m)

9

16:40

TAB Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m)

Image caption: Looks Like Elvis after winning at Flemington in June (Image: Racing Photos)

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