Shoreham Heads Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2014 Field

This Saturday in Melbourne punters are treated to a double shot of Black Type racing action including the 2014 Andrew Ramsden Stakes where local hope Shoreham is the top rated acceptor.


Shoreham is a top chance in Saturday's 2014 Andrew Ramsden Stakes over the two miles. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Reset four-year-old is one of a dozen stayers facing off in this year’s $150,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) which, like the famous Melbourne Cup, is run over the two miles at Flemington Racecourse.

Drawn well in barrier three with Chris Symons to ride Shoreham will carry the hefty 60kg top weight, two kilos more than they had thanks to an apprentice claim last start when second to Ancient King in a 2800m handicap here on May 10.

Before that the up-and-comer ran third on a Heavy (10) track in the Listed Warnambool Cup (2350m) behind Akzar, how they handle the step up in distance key to their chances.

A bred stayer, Shoreham has been ultra-consistent throughout their career and hit headlines this time last year when third to Escado in the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m).

They were also runner-up to Precedence in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) when blocked for a run last October, top Group form they’re out to return to this year.

The horse that beat Shoreham home last time out in the Momentum Energy Smilepower Trophy, the Peter Moody-trained Ancient King has also been accepted for Saturday’s rematch.

A fellow four-year-old, Ramonti gelding Ancient King carried 56.5kg to win with Daniel Stackhouse in the saddle but also go up two kilos (58.5kg) this weekend with Stackhouse staying on.

There are then four other last start winners in the mix, the most notable being the Darren Weir-trained hurdler Gotta Take Care out in barrier 11 with the second biggest weight (59kg).

A rising 10-year-old, Rubiton gelding Gotta Take Care is a definite veteran but they’re racing as well as ever having won their past two on the trot.

The first was here over 2600m on Anzac Day in a race Ancient King ran third in, and then they went to Warnambool on April 30 over the 3200m to post a smart three and a quarter length win in jumps race with 69kg on their back.

They get the distance again on Saturday, drop 10 kilos and are back on the flats.

Also coming off back-to-back wins is Nigel Blackiston’s Oasis Dream five-year-old Ominous.

The local gelding has raced in Adelaide for their past two starts, successful firstly over 2000m and then up over 2500m in the Listed Port Adelaide Cup three weeks ago for a big three length victory.

Other notable hopes then include the David Hayes-trained Unchain My Heart coming off a fourth to Ancient King, winner of the Bagot Handicap here on New Year’s Day McNulty for Michael Kent, and Moody’s other hopeful Vatuvei drawn in gate two and coming off a Warnambool Cup fifth form May 1.

The full Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and handicaps are detailed below.

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2014 Andrew Ramsden Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 5 – 2:22pm (AEST) – 24/05/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 6462×75532 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan Chris Symons 3 60kg 100
2 11338×0711 GOTTA TAKE CARE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 11 59kg 98
3 x1323x8531 ANCIENT KING (IRE) Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 6 58.5kg 97
4 6212059105 GOTTINO (NZ) Dan O’Sullivan Steven Arnold 1 56.5kg 93
5 x2059x8711 OMINOUS (GB) Nigel Blackiston Dwayne Dunn 8 55.5kg 91
6 x084347824 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes Craig Newitt 7 55.5kg 95
7 7x07987x95 VATUVEI Peter G Moody Ms Linda Meech 2 55kg 90
8 438834×054 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek Chad Schofield 10 54kg 88
9 176x990x67 BUXTED (IRE) Sam Pritchard-Gordon Jason Benbow 4 54kg 87
10 7646182711 LUCKZAT (NZ) Wayne Walters Stephen Baster 5 54kg 86
11 2121Fx0903 WELLS Kathryn Durden Luke Currie 12 54kg 82
12 432320×621 MCNULTY Michael Kent Harry Coffey (a), (late alt) 9 54kg 72


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