Baby Black Caviar

Black Caviar’s fifth foal, Invincible Caviar, will make her debut at Flemington.

Flemington Finals Series kick into gear this Saturday

VRC Members Race Day this Saturday 5 June will be run behind closed doors in line with current health advice but will feature plenty of action on the track, as well as celebrating long-standing VRC members via race names and in the digital race book. 

The nine-race card will feature seven heats of the popular winter race series set to culminate on Flemington Finals Day. The structure of the series has evolved this year to provide ballot exemption in the final to the winner and runner up of each heat. There are nine series in total, including the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series for open milers, the All Victorian Sprint Series for open sprinters, the Banjo Paterson Series for open stayers, the Taj Rossi Series for two-year-old milers, the Leilani series for mares, the Rivette Series for three-year-old fillies, the Silver Bowl Series for three-year-old milers, the Mahogany Challenge for three-year-old stayers, and the Next Generation Sprinters Series for two-year-old speedsters. 

Progressive stayer Grand Promenade will feature in the opening race, the VRC Member Emma Sargeant Plate (2500m), Heat 4 of the Banjo Paterson Series, with Jamie Kah in the saddle. He comes off a second placing in Listed The Andrew Ramsden last start and has not finished outside of the top two in all starts this campaign, contributing to his very short starting price (currently $1.60 with TAB). 

Black Caviar’s fifth foal, Invincible Caviar, will have her first race start in Race 4, the VRC Member Philip Jacobsen Sprint (1100m), Heat 2 of the Next Generation Sprinters Series, following in the footsteps of her famous mum who also debuted at Flemington. Invincible Caviar is the first progeny of Black Caviar to race for her trainer Peter Moody. She will have to contend with last start winners Commands The Field and Moon Over Alice in a wide open race. 

Race 5, the VRC Member Thorold Gunnersen AM (1400m), is Heat 4 of the VRC-CRV Winter Championship. More than half the field in this race are stakes winners including last year’s Group 2 TAB Kewney Stakes winner Rubisaki, Listed Lord Stakes winner Odeon and 2020 Listed Seymour Cup and Sale Cup winner All Too Huiying. Favourite in this race is last start Flemington winner Yulong January.

Race 7, the VRC Member Maureen Salter Plate (2000m), is Heat 4 of the Mahogany Series, and has attracted a capacity field of promising three-year-old stayers. Current TAB favourite is Reuber, who finished second at Flemington last start to Queensland Derby aspirant Horrifying. Also fancied in this race are Redwood Shadow, Marcolt, Our Lone Star and Sweet Karolina.

Last-start Flemington winner All of Brighton lines up in Race 8, the VRC Member William Capell Sprint (1100m), which has attracted a quality field of three-year-old sprinters. Current TAB favourite is the filly Sugartown who has won her last two races and not finished any further back than second in four career starts. Just behind her in the betting is Curran who has only been unplaced once in six career starts.

Superstar jockey Jamie Kah rides the current favourite Excelman in the last race, the VRC Member Otto Kohn Trophy (2000m), which is Heat 3 of the Banjo Paterson Series. The flashy grey gelding won his last start at Caulfield under Jamie and looks a good chance to repeat his performance on Saturday. He will have to contend with recent UK import Fifth Position and last start Flemington winner Declares War amongst a full and competitive field. 

Jamie Kah has a full book of rides on Saturday as she attempts to become the first jockey to notch up 100 metro wins in Victoria, as well as securing her first metropolitan jockey’s premiership. She currently has 89 metro victories, well clear of her nearest rival Damian Lane on 57 wins.