The Winter Championship Series Final shapes as a logical next target for the Grahame Begg trained Romancer after he pressed his claims for the Listed race with a victory at Flemington on Saturday June 22.
Five-year-old Romancer is the first horse Begg has trained for OTI Racing and the gelding was having his second start for the trainer in Saturday’s 1400m-open handicap at Flemington.
The race was a heat of the Winter Championship Series in Melbourne and Romancer, who carried 52kg after Lachlan King’s 2kg claim, enjoyed the soft conditions and held off a late challenge by Blazejowski to win by a half-head.
“I think we’ve got to go to the Final. You never know, he might get the same conditions again on that day,” Begg said.
“I reckon he’s a 1400 to 1600-metre horse. He’s in the race and he’s qualified, so why wouldn’t you go there?”
Being trained out of the Pinecliff stables, Romancer loves the environment down there. He loves to get his toe in the ground
The $160,000 Listed Winter Championship Series Final over 1600m is at Flemington on July 6. Romancer had his first 14 starts in New Zealand where he registered four wins including a Listed victory as a three-year-old.
He won the Donald Cup last November during a ten start preparation for Darren Weir before being transferred to Begg earlier this year.