SA Derby Winner Escado Included in 2013 Andrew Ramsden Stakes Field

Mornington trainer Matt Laurie has backflipped on plans to send South Australian Derby winner Escado to the paddock and has instead accepted with the young stayer in Saturday’s 2013 Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) at Flemington.

Escado will run in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Laurie said the way the three-year-old had come through the race made pressing on to this weekend an easy decision.

“We do believe he’s a nice staying horse in the making and he can run in this race then go for a break,” he told Racing Network.

“He’s fit and well so why not have a go.”

The son of Casino Prince was a surprise winner in the Derby on May 4 which came on the back of a runner-up finish in a benchmark 72 at Geelong.

He lines up to take on the older gallopers in a 19-horse field but has to overcome an early obstacle of a wide barrier 17 draw.

Laurie describes his charge as a “natural stayer” and is hopeful he can feature in some strong long-distance races during the spring.

Escado will carry 57kg, three kilograms less than topweight King Diamond.

King Diamond is a dual black-type winner but will have to turn around his form, with his most recent outing seeing him beaten 9 1/2 lengths in the Warrnambool Cup.

One of the better chances in Saturday’s staying test appears to be Thubiaan from the stable of Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller.

After several narrow misses the five-year-old scored the first win of his campaign last start over 2800m at Flemington.

The former British galloper is a genuine stayer and has won six of 20 starts.

Others in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes field include Aaron Purcell’s German import Val Mondo and consisten Saab Hasan-trained stayer Compound.

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Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 499123×458 KING DIAMOND Jarrod McLean Jamie Mott 6 60kg 95
2 6536×64721 ESCADO Matt Laurie Ben Melham 17 57kg 98
3 8000Px7808 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Bob Challis Craig Robertson 19 56kg 87
4 32Fx792113 GOTTA TAKE CARE Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2 55.5kg 86
5 11×7642221 THUBIAAN (USA) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 7 55.5kg 86
6 0x26643314 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 3 54.5kg 88
7 0335127430 ALTONIO (NZ) Pat Carey James Winks 15 54kg 78
8 x209546230 VAL MONDO (GER) Aaron Purcell Andrew Mallyon 18 54kg 78
9 1911x9x723 WELLS Kathryn Durden Peter Mertens 5 54kg 77
10 0255×11231 BONO VOX David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 10 54kg 72
11 3114×00121 BRUNGLE CRY Robert Smerdon Jack Hill 13 54kg 72
12 433×423133 COMPOUND (NZ) Saab Hasan Chris Symons 12 54kg 72
13 11x95x5465 TAXI JOE Jim Conlan Glen Boss 1 54kg 67
14 53×6079834 COTTONWOOD SKY (NZ) Russell Cameron Jake Noonan 9 54kg 66
15 6711215188 KNUCKLEMANNA Bryce Stanaway Reece Wheeler 14 54kg 66
16 3214915446 PRETTY ADAMANT Brian Turner Brian Werner 16 54kg 66
17 x058653842 HACKETT’S HEART Pat Carey Damian Lane 8 54kg 65
18 2212334×41 LOVE OR GOLD Bill & Symon Wilde Vlad Duric 11 54kg 62
19 2005×47707 RETLAW LAD David McCabe Thomas Sadler (a) 4 54kg 61