Great Duchess winning a heat of the Leilani Series (Image: Racing Photos)
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will host its showpiece winter race meeting with Flemington Finals Day on Saturday 4 July.
Flemington Finals Day brings together the most in-form gallopers across a range of divisions and distances.
Saturday also marks the return of racehorse owners to Flemington for the first time in more than three months, with up to 30 owners per race able to get back on track and support their much-loved gallopers.
Owners will be contacted by the VRC to pre-register, with owners who live outside hotspot zones able to attend. While at Flemington all owners must adhere to strict social distancing directives.
The exciting nine-race program features the finals of nine separate race series, including the Listed Victorian Sprint Series Final, the Listed Taj Rossi Series Final and the newly introduced 2YO Sprint Series Final.
Promising two-year-old Cherry Tortoni (Kennedy Taj Rossi Series Final) is one of six last-start Flemington winners to take their place on Finals Day with others including Persan (G.H. Mumm Mahogany Series Final), I Am Someone (Furphy Victorian Sprint Series Final), Great Duchess (Jim Beam Leilani Series Final), Lord Belvedere (Lexus Banjo Patterson Series Final) and Heptagon (Seppelt Wines CRV-VRC Winter Championship Series Final).
This Saturday will also see a world-first with the introduction of wind measurement technology in play for participants and punters. The Flemington wind tracker will provide real-time wind speed and direction at four points across the track which can be easily accessed at Flemington.com.au under the track and weather page or via the Flemington app on race day.
VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said Flemington Finals Day is firmly established as a highlight of winter racing in Victoria.
“The VRC has focused on building Flemington Finals Day since it was introduced in 2009 and it has cemented its position as one of the key off-season race meetings,” Mr Wilson said.
“The Club has worked with Racing Victoria to establish various pathways to the finals with heats across country and metropolitan race tracks and it will be fantastic to see those form lines come together on Saturday.”
Mr Wilson also noted the new Flemington wind tracker.
“The Flemington wind tracker is the first of its kind and has been developed in conjunction with the team at Sports Data and some of Victoria’s leading jockeys,” Mr Wilson said.
“The VRC is always looking at ways to provide a better, more informed experience for everyone engaging with the sport on course or at home.”
A digital race book will be available at Flemington.com.au with race fields and form as well as a special tribute to late industry icon Graham Salisbury. VRC members, owners and all racing fans are encouraged to follow the race day via the VRC’s social media platforms and share their at home experiences using our official hashtag #Flemington on social media.