Howmuchdoyouloveme 2013 Ramornie Handicap Top-Weight

The Tina Cotiopoulos-trained Howmuchdoyouloveme has been asked to carry the hefty 60.5kg top-weight for their title defense in next week’s Ramornie Handicap 2013 at Grafton.


Defending champ Howmuchdoyouloveme has been handed a hefty 60.5kg for the 2013 Ramornie Handicap. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Twelve months ago the honest Written Tycoon gelding below their rivals away in the $150,000 WHK Ramornie Handicap (1200m) when prepared by Con Karakatsanis with a four length victory, their third on the trot.

For that effort however they carried only 54kg.

It is then a dramatic increase up to 60.5kg which they’ve been slapped with for next Wednesday’s showdown.

The now four-year-old has since their Ramornie win last winter won a Group 2 at Caulfield last October as well as back-to-back black types this time in at Eagle Farm.

Two back they put two lengths on Delago Bolt to take out the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m).

Showing an affinity for the Brisbane course Howmuchdoyouloveme then posted their third win from as many starts at Eagle Farm on June 22 overcoming barrier 11 of 11 in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m).

They held on by a long neck to beat home River Lad carrying 60kg in doing so, a very impressive effort that didn’t go unnoticed by Racing NSW handicappers for the Ramornie.

There are then three horses following Howmuchdoyouloveme in the Ramornie Handicap weights and ballot on 57kg.

The first is the Desleigh Forster-trained Group 3 Rubiton Stakes winner Adebisi who hasn’t raced since their failed effort beating home just one other runner in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on March 30.

Bribie Handicap winner the Sunshine Coast-based River Lad is also on 57kg, Natalie Mccall’s Top Echelon five-year-old last seen finishing second in the WJ Healy Stakes.

The third is then Peter Snowden’s Lonhro seven-year-old Skytrain, seventh in the Healy, whose last win was in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) in the mud at Warwick Farm on February 23.

Other Ramornie hopes weighted above the 54kg minimum then include the Kevin Moses-trained eight-year-old veteran News Alert (56kg) who hasn’t won a race since December 2011, and Taree-based Youthful Jack (55kg) resuming after a disappointing last ate Newcastle in March.

Sue Grills’ Tamworth galloper Border Rebel, fourth in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) two back, and the Rob Heathcote-trained Falvelon seven-year-old Gundy Son are then on 54.5kg.

Gundy Son is sure to be one of the top fancies in the mix too following a number of good runs this time in including their fourth in the WJ Healy when defeated just over a length.

Notable hopes getting in with just 54kg then include Port Macquarie mare Pentasia, WJ Healy Stakes third placed Delago Bolt from just north of Brisbane, recent Glasshouse Handicap runner-up Celtic Dancer, the versatile Big Bonanza and Toby Edmond’s Gold Coast-based War Ends who is equal first on the ballot with the reigning winner.

Redoute’s Choice six-year-old War Ends secured their Ramornie Handicap start on Thursday with a nice win in the John Carlton Handicap (1215m) at Grafton which gave them a ballot free ride into the grand final on Wednesday.

The full 2013 Ramornie Handicap nominations, weights and latest order of entry are detailed in the table below.

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2013 Ramornie Handicap Weights & Ballot

Grafton Racecourse – 10/07/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Tina Cotsiopoulos 1= 60.5kg 108
2 ADEBISI Desleigh Forster 3= 57.5kg 102
3 RIVER LAD Natalie Mccall 3= 57.5kg 102
4 SKYTRAIN Peter Snowden 3= 57.5kg 102
5 NEWS ALERT Kevin Moses 6 56kg 99
6 YOUTHFUL JACK Ross Stitt 8 55kg 97
7 BORDER REBEL Sue Grills 9= 54.5kg 96
8 GUNDY SON Robert Heathcote 9= 54.5kg 96
9 BANDIT QUEEN Mark Lynch 30 54kg 59
10 BARDIYA Gwenda Markwell 24= 54kg 77
11 BIG BONANZA Don Robb 14= 54kg 88
12 CASSIE’S FAVOURITE Jeff Brasch 27= 54kg 70
13 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle 13 54kg 90
14 CRAZY MAMMA Bruce W Hill 27= 54kg 70
15 DELAGO BOLT James Lyons 11 54kg 95
16 EMOTIONAL CIRCUS Kris Lees 12 54kg 91
17 IDEAL POSITION Jeff Brasch 22= 54kg 78
18 LIESELE Liam Birchley 16= 54kg 87
19 NORMA BETTY’S BOY David Pfieffer 22= 54kg 78
20 PENTASIA Marc Quinn 7 54kg 98
21 PRIVATE EXPRESS Tom Pratt 24= 54kg 77
22 SKATING ON ICE Les Kelly 16= 54kg 87
23 SOLEDAD Peter Snowden 14= 54kg 88
24 SPOT ON TARGET Toby Edmonds 20 54kg 81
25 TEN TO ZERO Ray McCall 27= 54kg 70
26 THE JACKAL Kane St Vincent 18 54kg 86
27 UPSHOT Joseph Pride 19 54kg 84
28 USAIN PRINCE Sue Grills 26 54kg 75
29 VINTAGE MOSS John M Fitzgerald 21 54kg 80
30 WAR ENDS Toby Edmonds 1= 54kg 88