July Winter Racing at Flemington Finals Raceday
The onset of winter may have thinned the racing calendar in Victoria somewhat, as the high-profile meetings move to warmer spots, but Melbournians and Australia’s online betting fans still have enough off-season action ahead to keep them happy. Both Flemington and Caulfield still have some entertaining meetings scheduled.
Saturday, 8 July sees Flemington Finals Raceday at the famed Melbourne track, with all nine races on the card a racing series final. They cover a wide range of divisions and distances, so punters can expect to see some of the season’s top gallopers engaged in some intense contests.
All Victorian Sprint Series Final Among Highlights
The fifth race on the Flemington Finals Raceday card is the 1200m All Victorian Sprint Series Final, an open handicap with a purse of $150,000. It’s limited to a field of 20, and should see some young up-and-coming sprinters pitted against a few established sprint champions.
It’s the perfect distance for a sprint at Flemington, because 1200m is the length of the track’s legendary Straight Six: six furlongs, dead straight. So the All Victorian Sprint Series Final will be a pure test of speed and agility, with no time for racing gamesmanship on any turns.
VRC-CRV Winter Championship Final Another Winner
Race Six on Flemington Finals Raceday should also attract heavy betting: the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final. It will be run over 1600 metres, for a purse of $152,000. The one-miler is nicely poised between sprinters and stayers, so this could be one of the races that produce the most excitement on the day.
The first four races on the Flemington Finals Raceday card are the 1600m Taj Rossi Series Final, the 1200m AR Creswick Series Final, the 1600m Rivette Series Final, and the 1600m Silver Bowl Series Final. Races Seven, Eight and Nine will be the 2000m Country Cup Final, the 2600m Banjo Paterson Series Final, which is the longest race of the day, and the 1400m Leilani Series Final.