Sonntag Heads 2015 Andrew Ramsden Stakes Nominations & Weights

Henry Dwyer’s last start Flemington winner Sonntag is the top-rated and weighted of the Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2015 nominations taken for the two mile clash in Melbourne this weekend.

Sonntag

Sonntag is the heaviest weighted of the 2015 Andrew Ramsden Stakes nominations for Saturday at Flemington. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

There are a total of 18 stayers making up the early entries for this year’s $200,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m), Flemington’s other two mile showdown one of two black types on the program for Saturday.

Sitting top of the ballot and weights for the handicap clash with a hefty 60kg allocation is Teofilo four-year-old Sonntag who took out a 2800m handicap at the track on May 9 with 57.5kg on his back.

He’s yet to step up over the 3200m but the winning form over 2800m bodes well leading into Saturday’s showdown, which was won 12 months ago by Unchain My Heart.

Last year’s Andrew Ramsden Stakes runner-up Vatuvei is nominated for the feature race again this weekend, Peter Moody’s now six-year-old son of Reset allocated the 54kg minimum.

His form has been off this time in however including at Warrnambool in a hurdle race over the 3200m on May 5 when he lost his rider Tom Ryan.

Moody has also nominated for Ancient King (54.5kg), the Irish import also in pretty poor form of late including a last start ninth to Sonntag in the 2800m lead-up at Flemington.

The next best over the line in that same race was the Bryce Stanaway-trained Crafty Cruiser, the Good Journey seven-year-old nominated to back-up in a rematch this weekend.

Crafty Cruiser was beaten only half a length last start but goes up from 56kg to 58kg if accepted into the Andrew Ramsden Stakes where he’ll be chasing his first win since backing up from his Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) success at Flemington on March 7 with another win at the track over 2500m on April 11.

Following Sonntag in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes nominations and weights meanwhile are the likes of the now Mick Cerchi-trained Galileo eight-year-old Tanby (59kg) and Shoreham (58kg).

Tanby won the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) over this distance back in early March and gets back up over the distance here on the back of a sixth to Sonntag making him a livewire chance to add to his $1.09 million in prize money.

Saab Hasan’s Reset gelding Shoreham meanwhile was runner-up behind Martinvast over 2600m here back on Anzac Day and was last seen finishing a credible fifth in the mud behind Tall Ship in the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on May 7.

Also coming off nice lead-up form include the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Chilean import Sabor A Triunfo, Jileks Spur coming off jumps form in Melbourne and Warrnambool Cup third placed mare Lucciola.

A six-year-old daughter of Verglas, Lucciola won the Stony Creek Cup over 2100m in March before her third in the Pakenham Cup and Warrnambool Cup.

Prepared at Mornington by David & Coral Feek, the mare is in her final season of racing and there are concerns for Saturday and how she will handle the two miles.

“She’ll go to the Andrew Ramsden. The other race is too tough,” Feek told AAP.

“I still maintain her ultimate trip is 2000m but based on the nominations we’ll go to the Andrew Ramsden.

“I hope I’m proven wrong about the distance and with that in mind we’ll probably ride her a bit more quietly.”

See below for the full Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2015 nominations, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au.

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2015 Andrew Ramsden Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 23/05/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x18x000871 SONNTAG G 4 Henry Dwyer 1 60kg 99
2 9422465106 TANBY G 8 Mick Cerchi 2 59kg 97
3 7673×63425 SHOREHAM G 5 Saab Hasan 3 58kg 95
4 0637201142 CRAFTY CRUISER G 7 Bryce Stanaway 4 58kg 95
5 374023×876 LA AMISTAD M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 55.5kg 94
6 2170×60434 SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 54kg 91
7 x80075x009 ANCIENT KING (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 7 54.5kg 88
8 32243×9005 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) G 6 Leon & Troy Corstens 8 54.5kg 88
9 0547458133 LUCCIOLA (IRE) M 6 David & Coral Feek 9 54kg 86
10 9523x0577L VATUVEI G 6 Peter G Moody 10 54kg 85
11 x004721112 JILEKS SPUR G 6 Ciaron Maher 11 54kg 82
12 x072x06642 ARCH FIRE (USA) G 7 Robert Smerdon 12 54kg 82
13 21×3572161 THUBIAAN (USA) G 7 Eric Musgrove 13 54kg 74
14 0001575491 BELIVEAU G 5 Clinton McDonald 14 54kg 73
15 7×80984623 SPACE G 5 Michael Moroney 15 54kg 72
16 0880122823 SAVVY HENRY (NZ) G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 16 54kg 68
17 323×214203 PRIOR (NZ) G 6 Todd Balfour 17 54kg 62
18 9615555483 GOLD A PLENTY G 4 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 18 54kg 57

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