Winners of four of the nine heats feature among the nominations for the Listed Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday, including the former New Zealand-trained Romancer, who has earned his shot at the $160,000 contest with his last-start win at the track.
The 25 nominations also include promising import Mr Marathon Man, Spanner Head and Tan Tat Trusting, all of whom have won one of the nine heats during the series.
Romancer earned a ballot exemption for the weekend’s assignment when he won on a soft track at Flemington on June 22 – his second start since joining the stable of Grahame Begg.
“He hasn’t disappointed me the whole time he’s been with me,” Begg said. “I thought he ran quite well first-up at Caulfield and obviously he won second-up for us. I think he’s quite a useful horse and he’s probably in his right grade at this time of year because you’ve got to take advantage of horses who can handle soft ground. His rating is still low enough to get him into a race like this on the lighter side.”