Ready To Rip Leads 2014 Christmas Stakes Field

11 sprinters are set to run in the aptly festive Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Sandown Racecourse this Friday.

Lord Of The Sky is one of three horses running for Robbie Laing in the Christmas Stakes this Friday.

Lord Of The Sky is one of three horses running for Robbie Laing in the Christmas Stakes this Friday. Photo by Adrienne Bicknell.

The $120,000 black-type race is one of eight events that make up the Boxing Day meeting on Friday, headlined by the Peter Moody-trained Ready To Rip.

While the seven-year-old gelding will carry the hefty top weight of 60kg, he has the advantage of jumping from barrier four with Vlad Duric in the saddle.

Ready To Rip hasn’t scored a win since the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) back in March 2013 – ten starts ago. The gelding just missed out on a placing in the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) and Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) during the autumn but failed to impress in the Tony Beddison Cup (1000m) on November 29, his only start this campaign.

The gelding was midfield on the fence at halfway before getting held up approaching the turn. He could only battle after that, finishing three lengths behind winner Kaiser Sun in tenth place.

Robbie Laing will deliver a triple-pronged attack on the race after accepting with Lord Of The Sky, Mr Make Believe, and Boomwaa. The trainer still needs to find jockeys for all three rides.

Four-year-old Lord Of The Sky scored the ideal inside run from barrier one, which will help the entire as he carries 59.5kg. While the horse won the Group 3 John Monash Stakes (1100m) back in July, he has unfortunately just missed out on a placing in his last three outings.

He missed out on the Bletchingly Stakes by three and a half lengths and both the United Refrigeration Handicap (1000m) and Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) by less than two lengths.

Mr Make Believe will jump from barrier five while Boomwaa will have to overcome a wide start from barrier 10, luckily the three-year-old gelding will carry the minimum weight of 54kg.

Eight-year-old Mr Make Believe was runner-up in the Doveton Stakes on December 6 before finishing fourth in the Red Tempo Handicap (1000m) on Saturday.

Check out the complete 2014 Christmas Stakes final field and barrier draw below to get a comprehensive guide of the race before the betting market opens at Ladbrokes.com.au.

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2014 Christmas Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 3x4557x5x0 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 4 60kg 100
2 10x21144x4 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing 1 59.5kg 99
3 0302x142x9 GO THE KNUCKLE Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 8 58kg 96
4 4112818×45 TRIED AND TIRED Leon & Troy Corstens Chris Parnham (a) 11 56.5kg 93
5 4116x4670x ANLON Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 6 56kg 92
6 3×22415272 SOLSAY Michael Kent Ms Jackie Beriman (a) 3 56kg 92
7 2531118×31 DANGER CLOSE Jason Warren Michael Walker 2 55.5kg 91
8 x4465x8924 MR MAKE BELIEVE Robbie Laing 5 55.5kg 91
9 x12438x40x SUMAKARAY Brian Cox Stephen Baster 9 54kg 87
10 x50203317x SUCH HOPE John Moloney 7 54kg 77
11 054x330x48 BOOMWAA Robbie Laing 10 54kg 72

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