Big Money Heads 2014 Ramornie Handicap Field & Barriers

After a brave late effort to nab a Group 3 win in Brisbane last start, Rodney Northam’s Scone-based galloper Big Money travels to Grafton on Wednesday for the Ramornie Handicap 2014.

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WJ Healy Stakes winner Big Money backs up in Wednesday's Ramornie Handicap 2014. Photo: Daniel Costello.

One of two lucrative black-types held over the two day Grafton Cup Carnival, this year’s $150,000 Listed Crowe Horwath Ramornie Handicap (1200m) features a final field of 13 hopefuls.

The sure to be favourite of those is Choisir four-year-old Big Money, the gelding after their fourth win from their past five stars.

Super consistent boasting a record of six wins and four seconds from their 10 starts to date, Big Money stepped up to Group 3 class on June 21.

The country’s most prolific jockey Robert Thompson rode them in the Eagle Farm feature and the duo made up lots of late ground to run down the leaders and defeat Cape Kidnappers by a long neck in the WJ Healy Stakes (1200m).

They had plenty of work to do there after jumping from a wide barrier 10 of 10 draw, so are set to relish the inside alley in the Ramornie coming up with barrier one.

Their only disadvantage will be the step up from 54kg in the Healy to 56kg on Wednesday, Thompson retaining the ride.

Heading the Ramornie Handicap field and weights with 59kg this year then is the Gordon Yorke-trained Hidden Warrior.

The Coffs Harbour-based Hidden Dragon four-year-old is second-up for this prep after running fourth with 58kg at Randwick on June 7 in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) in the mud.

There are plenty of in-form gallopers meanwhile coming off an excellent lead-up including equal 58kg second top weight Testarhythm.

Drawn nicely in barrier three with Tim Clark to ride, Benjamin Smith’s Testa Rossa six-year-old won the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) first-up at Scone in May and was last seen running a close third to Oakfield Commands carrying 57.5kg in the Winter Dash (1200m).

Others who ran well last start include Toowoomba-trained Mr Favulous coming off three seconds place finishes including behind Excellantes in the Ascot Handicap last weekend, David Kelly’s Gold Coast galloper Cheval Du Feu who ran third at Grafton on July 3 and runner-up in that same race Bandit Queen.

Peter Ball’s Villamill meanwhile beat home Cheval Du Feu and Bandit Queen in the John Carlton Cup and will be after back-to-back wins at the track and distance when they jump from gate 11 in the Ramornie.

See below for the full Ramornie Handicap 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2014 Ramornie Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Grafton Race 7 (3:42pm) – 09/07/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 48518928×4 HIDDEN WARRIOR Gordon Yorke 2 59kg 99
2 1135x68x13 TESTARHYTHM Benjamin Smith Tim Clark 3 58kg 97
3 12178x790x UNDER THE SUN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Paul King 5 58kg 97
4 4625311×57 TERRITORY Jarrod Austin Tye Angland 13 56.5kg 94
5 x1122x1121 BIG MONEY Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 1 56kg 93
6 1211515×38 ROCKY KING Tom Bourke Tegan Harrison (a) 9 56kg 93
7 89368×7576 STARTSMEUP Bruce W Hill Paul Hammersley 6 54.5kg 90
8 6x17973x09 LIESELE Liam Birchley Glen Colless 8 54kg 90
9 4461418222 MR FAVULOUS Donald Baker 12 54kg 84
10 23616×3191 VILLAMILL Peter Ball Matthew Paget 11 54kg 83
11 42117×4660 JET STYLE Sue Grills Andrew Gibbons 7 54kg 82
12 16290×1852 BANDIT QUEEN Mark Lynch Matthew Bennett 4 54kg 73
13 31x6x25813 CHEVAL DU FEU David Kelly Glenn Lynch 10 54kg 72


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