Ramornie Handicap 2013 Field & Barriers Announced

This Wednesday the first of the Grafton Cup Carnival majors will light up Grafton Racecourse with the 2013 Ramornie Handicap, final acceptances for which have now been taken.


Howmuchdoyouloveme has a big weight and wide gate to overcome in Saturday's Ramornie Handicap 2013. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Due to run as Race 7 at 3:41pm (AEST) on Wednesday’s Grafton race card the lucrative $150,000 Listed Crowe Horwath Ramornie Handicap (1200m) has drawn a final field of 15 gallopers.

Heading the field and weights is the defending champion Howmuchdoyouloveme who will carry a hefty 60.5kg from barrier 10 with Brenton Avdualla in the saddle.

Tina Cotiopoulos’ Written Tycoon four-year-old will be vying for their third win on the trot following two nice Eagle Farm runs for their new trainer during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

After putting two lengths on Delago Bolt in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) from barrier 16 of 17 they carried 60kg from gate 11 of 11 to win the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m).

The weights and gates are against them again on Wednesday but Howmuchdyouloveme is likely to still jump the top fancy in the markets, the Group 2 winner having had it much easier last Ramornie Day when carrying just 54kg to victory from the inside alley.

Following Howmuchdoyouloveme in the line-up are then the Desleigh Forster-trained Rubiton Stakes winner Adebisi (barrier eight) and Natalie McCall’s Sunshine Coast galloper River Lad (barrier three) both on 57.5kg.

Top Echelon five-year-old River Lad was last seen running a brave second to Howmuchdoyouloveme in the Healy Stakes when defeated only a long neck.

They missed a run in the Glasshouse Handicap on their home track a couple of weeks back however due to the wet weather but McCall remains confident of a good run at Grafton.

There are three other last start winners vying for back-to-back wins along with Howmuchdyouloveme meanwhile including the Toby Edmonds-trained Redoute’s Choice six-year-old War Ends drawn wide in gate 12 coming off a John Carlton Handicap win at Grafton from last week.

The others are then Wyong galloper Big Bonanza who relished a Heavy (10) Rosehill track at the start on the month, and the in-form Tom Pratt-trained Murwillumbah winner Private Express.

Other notable hopes then include Sue Grills’ Johannesburg seven-year-old Border Rebel with the inside alley which Howmuchdoyouloveme won from 12 months ago, another veteran in the Rob Heathcote-trained Gundy Son coming off a close Healy Stakes fourth and recent Chief De Beers winner Pentasia.

Check out the full 2013 Ramornie Handicap field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2013 Ramornie Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Grafton Race 7 – 3:41pm (AEST) – 10/07/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x185x30711 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Tina Cotsiopoulos Brenton Avdulla 10 60.5kg 108
2 40x151150x ADEBISI Desleigh Forster Michael Cahill 8 57.5kg 102
3 27×4113262 RIVER LAD Natalie Mccall Eddie Wilkinson 3 57.5kg 102
4 84x876100x YOUTHFUL JACK Ross Stitt Robert Thompson 6 55kg 97
5 009×504348 BORDER REBEL Sue Grills Timothy Bell 1 54.5kg 96
6 826214×524 GUNDY SON Robert Heathcote Paul Hammersley 11 54.5kg 96
7 7112211×15 PENTASIA Marc Quinn Christian Reith 13 54kg 98
8 690×883802 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle Jim Byrne 4 54kg 90
9 33×9012001 WAR ENDS Toby Edmonds 12 54kg 88
10 518321×281 BIG BONANZA Don Robb Peter Robl 7 54kg 88
11 222x23943x SOLEDAD Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5 54kg 88
12 1x80x03050 LIESELE Liam Birchley Glen Colless 15 54kg 87
13 x272300120 SKATING ON ICE Les Kelly Chad Lever 2 54kg 87
14 0x767465x2 IDEAL POSITION Jeff Brasch Terry Treichel 14 54kg 78
15 3×94617121 PRIVATE EXPRESS Tom Pratt Matthew Bennett 9 54kg 77