Flemington on Saturday hosted the Final of several racing series that had been conducted over the Winter months. The most prominent of these being the $200,000 (Listed) Winter Championship Final over 1600 metres, which was won super impressively by the Peter Moody trained Doubtful Jack. This Not A Single Doubt 3 year old gelding was burdened with a high weight for a 3 year old - and having his first start over the longer 1600 metre trip - yet he lived up to him market domination (a $1.70 favourite) with an equally dominant racetrack performance to win effortlessly by 6.5 lengths. His winning margins at his past three starts have been: 4.3 lengths; 5.5 lengths; and the 6.5 length stroll on Saturday. Behind him in 2nd placing was the brave Pinnacles - similarly poorly weighted - who got through traffic to give futile chase to gain second prize. In third position came Riceman - proving once again his zest for the battle of the racetrack.
The Silver Bowl Series Final (for 3 year olds) of $100,000 was also run over 1600 metres. The winner was the impressive Redoute’s Choice gelding Exclusive Choice who narrowly held out the brave Supercheap. This race highlighted the vagaries and uncertainty of yearling purchases with the two horses battling to the line coming from opposite ends of the price spectrum - and expectation. Exclusive Choice comes from a family of racing elite and was purchased for $500,000 at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. While the well-named Supercheap fetched just $1,000 at the NZ Bloodstock Festival Yearling Sale. Supercheap’s sire - Occidental Tourist from the US - is also at the other end of the spectrum from Exclusive Choice’s Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice. Occidental Tourist had his first crop of horses going through Australasian sales in 2007. Up to this point in time he has had 3 runners - and just one winner - that winner being Supercheap.