Last start Auckland Cup winner across the Tasman Sangster is back down under this weekend vying for their fourth straight win in the 2013 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.
One of three Group 1 features on the Sydney program this Saturday, the $400,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) has this year drawn a final field of 13 hopefuls including the talented Kiwi raider Sangster.
Winner of the 2011 Victoria Derby during the Melbourne Cup Carnival the now four-year-old Savabeel gelding has been in flying form back home this time in.
Prepared by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, Sangster enjoyed a breezy three length victory in the Group 1 International Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last month before going on to take out the Group 2 Gold Cup (2400m) and then the Group 1 Auckland Cup over the two miles on March 6.
“He didn’t come up for whatever reason in the autumn last year,” co-trainer Busuttin said.
“His form didn’t warrant going to Melbourne in the spring so we decided to give him a long break and he’s obviously come back very well from it.”
While they drop right back down to 2000m on Saturday they are still one of the top chances in the Ranvet Stakes, drawn in gate seven with their New Zealand hoop Opie Bosson travelling over for the ride.
“He knows the horse, he’s ridden in Australia with success and he’s an international rider,” Busuttin said of Bosson.
If they run well in the Ranvet there is a chance Sangster’s connections will pay the imposing $60,000 late entry to get them into the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2500m) back at the track on April 6.
“If he runs well enough … in the first three or four, we’ll pay the late nom for the BMW and head there,” Busuttin said.
“You are a good chance of getting your money if you pay the late entry,”
Another New Zealand-trained Group 1 winner seeking the Sydney riches on offer in the Ranvet is then Roger James’ four-year-old O’Reilly mare Silent Achiever in barrier eight with James McDonald in the saddle.
Winner of the NZ Derby last autumn Silent Achiever boasts a number of smart runs in Australia including her Rosehill Guineas third, Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) win at the Valley and her last-start fourth when defeated just over a length by the defending champ Shoot Out in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes over the mile at Warwick Farm on March 9.
It is an ace Ranvet Stakes field in 2013 with a whole host of other Group 1 winners in the mix including the Peter Moody-trained champion import Manighar in gate 10 looking to improve on their disappointing first-up run.
The rising eight-year-old, winner of the Australian Cup – Ranvet Stakes – The BMW treble last autumn, resumed in the Chipping Norton but could only manage to beat home one of their 11 rivals.
Other elite level winners in the race include Doomben Cup champ Mawingo (gate five) who was a distant 10th in the Australian Cup over this distance last time out, and the Anthony Cummings-trained winner of last year’s Victoria Derby Fiveandahalfstar (barrier four) who gets in nicely with 54.5kg under the weight-for-age conditions of the race and who came within a short half-head of Super Cool when second in the Australian Cup.
Fiveandahalfstar is sure to jump near the top of the Ranvet Stakes betting markets this weekend as they currently hold $5 favouritism in the futures The BMW odds ahead of Silent Achiever ($6.50).
Also in the mix are then the likes of reigning Sydney Cup winner Niwot, and the Chris Waller-trained duo of Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Kelinni and Gatewood who were ninth and seventh respectively in the Chipping Norton.
Check out the full Ranvet Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.
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2013 Ranvet Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 6 – 3:30pm (AEST) – 23/03/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11123x26x0||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||59kg||117|
|2||309×002111||SANGSTER (NZ)||T Busuttin & N Young||Opie Bosson||7||59kg||110|
|3||x0649x2517||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||3||59kg||107|
|4||313x08x240||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Hugh Bowman||5||59kg||107|
|5||1x00800x64||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||9||59kg||107|
|6||1141214×59||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||1||59kg||105|
|7||8x80250x56||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||12||59kg||104|
|8||1132716×67||GATEWOOD (GB)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||13||59kg||103|
|11||12×1||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||David Vandyke||Jay Ford||2||58.5kg||80|
|12||136x414x24||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||James McDonald||8||57kg||110|
|13||655111×222||FIVEANDAHALFSTAR||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||4||54.5kg||110|