Reykjavik to defend Winter crown

Winter Championship series leaders Heptagon and Vassilator are set to face defending champion Reykjavik in Saturday's final at Flemington.

The $128,000 race has attracted 26 nominations, with last year's winner Reykjavik expected to carry topweight in the quality handicap as the highest-rated runner in the race (104).

Reykjavik, trained by Lindsey Smith, strengthened claims for his title defence by winning the second heat of the series at Flemington over 1600 metres on May 23, ahead of Shot Of Irish and Django Freeman.

The Mick Price-trained Heptagon has won his past three starts, with his victory two starts ago in the $112,000 Swan Hill Cup (1600m) having come in between two heat victories in town over 1400m.

Colin Little's Vassilator has contested three Winter Championship heats, winning the fourth of the six-race series at Flemington on June 6, to join Heptagon with 20 points at the top of standings.

The VRC/CRV Winter Championship Series Final is one of three Listed races at Flemington on Saturday, along with the $128,000 All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) and $120,000 Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) restricted to horses aged two.

Flemington nominations

Finals Day at Flemington on Saturday, picture Racing Photos