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Defending Ranvet Stakes champion Zavite again has a chance to cause a surprise upset victory when he runs in the feature 2012 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
The Anthony Cummings trained gelding surprised nearly everyone when he took out the Group 1 $400,000 (2000m) event ahead of Descarado and Hawk Island in 2011.
He crossed the line a nose in front of his nearest rival and was paying extraordinary odds of $101.00 with most bookmakers.
The nine-year-old is again a $101.00 outsider with bookmaker.com.au this Saturday but remains a chance of causing a boil over after receiving a favourable barrier five draw for the stayer’s race.
The son of Zabeel is unlikely to be given a much of a chance by the punters after experiencing some horrible form since the upset victory last March.
Following the Ranvet Stakes victory, Zavite attempted two more Group 1 races last Autumn but could not manage better than eighth.
He was then spelled but has been even more disappointing so far in 2012, finishing dead last behind a quality field in the Peter Young Stakes before again finishing at the back in the Canberra Cup.
Apart from undergoing a complete form reversal, Zavite will also have to beat a who’s who of quality stayers to earn a second Ranvet Stakes title this weekend.
Chipping Norton Stakes winner Shoot Out is the headline act but there is plenty more talent in the field including Australian Cup winner Manighar and runner up Southern Speed.
Southern Speed will be looking to exact revenge on French gelding Manighar and they will start next to each other in barrier three and four.
Zavite is one more gate along and will come out of barrier five with Peter Robl in the saddle.
If Zavite is to cause a shock victory on Saturday he will take his career record to 12 wins from 65 starts and will have won over $2 million in prize money.
Zavite is a huge long shot this Saturday and the best value odds on him and the rest of the Ranvet Stakes field can be found at bookmaker.com.au.
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