A trio of smart stayers are currently battling for top spot in the markets for one of the Flemington features running in Melbourne on Saturday – the Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2014.
Due to jump at 2:22pm (AEST) as Flemington Race 5, this year’s $150,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) features a field of 12.
Three of those are within a nose of each other in the current Andrew Ramsden Stakes betting markets including Shoreham and Ancient King who are equal $4.20 favourites.
Drawn in gate three and set to get the run of the race is the Saab Hasan-trained local Shoreham who will lump around the 60kg top weight.
A four-year-old son of Reset, they were allocated the same weight for their last start over 2800m here on May 10 but got in with 58kg thanks to a two kilo apprentice claim.
They won’t get that on Saturday though so will need to be at their best to improve on their second in that race, before which they ran a nice third behind Akzar in the Listed Warnambool Cup (2350m).
The Darren Weir-trained Akzar franked that form when running a brave fourth in last Saturday’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) giving connections of Shoreham they can do the same this weekend.
The horse that beat them home last start however, Ancient King is again their biggest threat.
Drawn in barrier six and carrying 58.5kg, the Peter Moody-trained Ramonti four-year-old also rises in the weights after their 56.5kg here for their win a fortnight ago.
The other major player in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes odds at $4.60 is then Ominous in barrier eight carrying 55.5kg with Dwayne Dunn booked for the ride.
Nigel Blackiston’s Oasis Dream five-year-old has been in career best form this prep winning their past two on the trot with Dunn in the saddle.
After a 2000m handicap win at Morphettville at the end of April they returned to the Adelaide track on May 10 and caught the eye with their big three length victory over former SA Derby winner Zabeelionaire in the Listed Port Adelaide (2500m).
The other single fancies are then the David Hayes-trained Al Maher mare Unchain My Heart ($8) and Gotta Take Care ($8.50).
A rising eight-year-old, Unchain My Heart was runner-up to Gotta Take Care two back over 2600m in an Anzac Day showdown before her fourth to Ancient King last start.
Even older though is Weir’s in-form Rubiton nine-year-old Gotta Take Care who, after getting the better of Unchain My Heart last month, backed up to win a hurdle at Warnambool over the two miles in the mud carrying 69kg five days later.
Also in the mix at more generous prices are the likes of market mover I’m Jake into $12 for dual Group 1 winning jockey Chad Schofield and Wells at the same price who ran third to Ancient King in the lead-up.
Check out the complete Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2014 betting odds below, fixed win prices provided by our preferred online betting agency Ladbrokes.com.au.
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