Reykjavik wins at Flemington under Lewis German (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)

Reykjavik (Image: Racing Photos)

Champs back again … or are they?

Reykjavik is in a position to do at Flemington on Saturday what only horse has achieved, but he might not yet get that chance.

The five-year-old's trainer Lindsey Smith on Friday morning revealed he is toying with the idea of scratching the entire from the $128,000 Seppelt Wines VRC/CRV Winter Championship Final.

The 1600-metre Listed event is a race he won dominantly last year, when he made use of a cushy run from barrier two to power to a 2.75-length win under 54kg.

Being up to 62kg and drawn the second-widest gate in the 16-horse field makes Smith wonder whether his son of Artie Schiller can join 2011/12 champion Glaneuse as the lone multiple winner of the Winter Championship Final.

"I've always said he can't carry the weight and he needs a soft draw, so it's gone against everything that I think he needs," Smith told RSN927's Racing Pulse.

"I don't know what to do. I don't know whether to scratch him.

"I'm hoping if it is wet they may get out wide by the end of the day, so I'll sleep on that. He may stay home, I'll see how we go."

Reykjavik, who won at Flemington two starts ago before a fifth placing at The Valley on June 13, is a $15 chance in the market.

Reykjavik

Trainer L.Smith
Age 5YO
Sex Horse
Colour Bay
Prize Money $673,225
Last 5 -3815
Career 39-8-7-8
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That's a similar price to another of last year's Final winners, who is also among the acceptances for this year's program.

Malibu Style is back to defend his crown in the $128,000 Listed Furphy All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) and trainer Neville Parnham is keen to see him run for peace of mind, if nothing else.

The eight-year-old, who is lining up for start 68, disappointed last start when he failed to beat home a rival - many of which are engaged on Saturday - and while Parnham said there were a couple of minor factors that could have contributed, he is not putting the performance down to them.

"The Sunday morning (after last start) he did have a bit of a black eye," he said. "I'm not sure how that would have occurred given he led them up and I don't know if that was a contributing factor - to be honest, I don't think so - however, he had his eye closed and that's the only thing that wasn't normal about the horse.

"(Also), I probably would have preferred him not to be leading, he goes much better up the straight when he can get a bit of a tuck-in and can follow them.

"Hopefully that can occur tomorrow and we can see him bounce back to where he normally is.

"It's got to be because the horse worked super on Tuesday morning and he's given me no indication that he's trained off."

Malibu Style, who gains the services of Damien Oliver for the first time this campaign, is a $14 chance in the market, which is headed by the horse who won his last-start outing, I Am Someone ($5).

Malibu Style

Trainer N.D.Parnham
Age 8YO
Sex Gelding
Colour Chestnut
Prize Money $1,001,965
Last 5 34411
Career 67-11-10-11
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