Just nine sprinters were nominated for the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday, with Racing NSW extending the nominations until 11:00 am (AEDT) Tuesday morning to attract a larger field.
Leading the current nominations is the Con Karakatsanis-trained Howmuchdoyouloveme. The six-year-old gelding has not been seen for six months after being spelled throughout the spring. He ran second last in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) on June 21, unable to hold on to his defending title.
Howmuchdoyouloveme was straight up on the speed to be second but forced to chase the pack a long way out with his big weight of 60kg. He couldn’t sprint fast enough and weakened right out at the finish.
The gelding returned in a barrier trial on November 25, cruising along in second position and too strong over the concluding stages, finishing first.
Not far behind Howmuchdoyouloveme in the 2014 Razor Sharp Handicap nominations is Gerald Ryan’s Dothraki, who finished runner up in the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) on Saturday.
The four-year-old is one of five horses backing up from the Rosehill Gardens race, including winner Our Boy Malachi, Fare Well (4th), Cradle Me (9th), and Testarhythm (11th).
Dothraki is in-form after finishing in the first two in all three of his starts this campaign.
Gerald Ryan has also nominated Red Excitement for the Razor Sharp Handicap, which means the trainer could be delivering a dual-pronged attack on the race. The five-year-old gelding has finished in the first three in seven of his past eight starts but has not been seen since February, which means Saturday’s race will mark 10 months off the track for the gelding.
Red Excitement won his three last starts in a row, all handicaps, but this will be his first black-type race since 2012.
Hawkes Racing’s Our Boy Malachi has so far won his two starts this campaigns, which means the gelding has won four of his last five total starts. He won the Spring Fly Handicap (1100m) first up on November 1 before claiming the Starlight Stakes. Both were easily won with a margin of over one length.
His impressive winning record remained intact on Saturday, winning a total 15 of his 17 career starts.
Check out the full list of 2014 Razor Sharp Handicap nominations below before the final field and barrier draw is released on Wednesday.
While the race looks set to be a small one, it will undoubtedly be action packed and exciting.
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2014 Razor Sharp Handicap Nominations
|1||CRADLE ME||David Pfieffer||93|
|3||FARE WELL||Clarry Conners||83|
|5||INDEX LINKED (GB)||Chris Waller||95|
|6||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||99|
|7||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||99|
|9||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Peter & Paul Snowden||99|