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The bets continue to roll in for today’s 2014 Ramornie Handicap betting favourite Big Money who is at a firming price to complete the WJ Healy Stakes – Ramornie double this season.
Rodney Northam’s Scone-based galloper has been in red hot form over their 10 start career to date yet to finish worse than second.
They’ve enjoyed three wins from four starts this current prep, their most recent effort being a Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) win at Eagle Farm over Cape Kidnappers on June 21.
The four-year-old son of Choisir will be out to repeat that performance then this afternoon as the punters pick in the $150,000 Listed Crowe Horwath Ramornie Handicap (1200m).
There are 12 left in Ramornie Handicap contention this year after the early scratching of Mr Favulous.
Big Money is drawn on the rails and will again be ridden by the country’s most successful jockey Robert Thompson who has ridden over 4000 winners over his career.
There’s plenty of money on the favourite in the Ramornie Handicap betting markets too with Big Money firming in from $2.70 to $2.60 to win.
Their breeder and part-owner Phil Gunter won’t be trackside to cheer them on, but believes them a big chance with all reports from the trainer being that they are spot on for the run.
“I’m still looking forward to it,” Gunter, 65, told The Daily Examiner.
“I wish Rodney and Robert all the best. All we can do is try.
“The horse is going good. Rodney’s happy. We’re just hoping for a bit of luck.”
Also coming in from their opening price is the next best in betting, Testarhythm in from $5.50 to $5.
Tim Clark’s mount has drawn barrier three, the six-year-old having won the Listed Ortensia Stakes two back before their close third in the Winter Dash over this distance at Randwick on June 21.
Gordon Yorke’s 59kg top weight Hidden Warrior coming off a first-up fourth from June 7 and Lonhro six-year-old Territory has then eased out from $7 to $7.50.
Flown in on a private jet by connections from Hong Kong for the Grafton Cup Carnival, top Sydney-based hoop Tye Angland has the mount on the Jarrod Austin-trained Territory.
The horse has finished out of the money in their two lead-up races on Dead – Heavy tracks, but Angland rates them a top chance on top of the ground today.
“I don’t think the bigger (Randwick) track or the way I rode him suited him last start,” Angland told The Daily Telegraph.
“I’ve watched his runs at Warwick Farm where he was held right up and gets out late. That’s the best way to ride him. He has a really good turn of foot when you do that.
“The other day he was back, and he spotted daylight way too early. I still held him together, and when I let him down he went well for a furlong, but by the time he flattened out, there was still another 100m to go, and he looked dour.
“Grafton they should go hard, which will suit him, hopefully we can get into a good position where I don’t have to push him around the corner, and we can get one last crack at them.”
The last of the single figure hopes at $9, out from $8, is the Gai Waterhouse’s No Excuse Needed gelding Under The Sun who hasn’t raced since a dead last in the National Sprint (1400m) in Canberra back in early March.
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2014 Ramornie Handicap Odds
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