Peter & Paul Snowden’s class mare I’ve Got The Looks has opened clear favourite to take out the Ramornie Handicap 2015 at Grafton Racecourse on Wednesday.
The first major of the Grafton Cup Carnival, this year’s $150,000 Listed Crowe Horwath Ramornie Handicap (1200m) features a full field of sprinters with the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au led by Choisir five-year-old I’ve Got The Looks.
The chestnut mare won her opening two starts in Queensland this time in taking out the Listed Silk Stocking – Juanmo Stakes against her own kind before a disappointing Doomben run on May 23.
Stepped up to 1350m and into Group 3 company she could only manage to cross three lengths away eighth behind the winner Peace Force in the Glenlogan Park Stakes.
She’s back down to a more suitable 1200m distance this week, over which she boasts a solid record (14-7-1-2), and after impressing with a Randwick track gallop on Saturday is deserving of her current $4 price to win the Ramornie from gate 11 with veteran hoop Robert Thompson in the saddle.
Despite the capacity field there are just two other runners under double figures in the Ramornie Handicap betting markets with Thump ($7) and Barbed ($8) also drawn for a win in barriers three and two respectively.
Glen Colless has the ride on the Kris Lees-trained Red Ransom four-year-old Thump, the Newcastle-based mare last seen running under a length away fourth behind Excellantes in the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1200m) in Brisbane on June 6.
She’s had four weeks between runs then and drops from 57kg to 56kg this week as she shoots for her first win since taking out Randwick’s Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) back in mid-February.
The John O’Shea-trained Barbed meanwhile has Christian Reith riding second-up on Wednesday after the four-year-old Canny Lad gelding ran a below par 10th behind Wouldnt It Be Nice in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Randwick early last month.
That was from a wide barrier (12 of 14) so the inside alley should suit better, the galloper having most recently been seen in the winner’s stall when beating the consistent Ball Of Muscle in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m) from barrier three back in late December.
The next best in betting are then Tony Newing’s last start Winter Dash winner on a Heavy (10) Sydney track from June 20 Timeless Prince ($10) who will appreciate any rain around and the Tony Gollan-trained Rocket To Glory ($11) carrying the second heaviest weight (57.5kg).
Visiting Brisbane galloper Rocket To Glory is after his first victory since a black-type over 1110m at home at Doomben back in April, the six-year-old’s lead-up into the Ramornie being a third behind Dothraki in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Tattersall’s Tiara Day.
Following closely are then two $13 hopes in Gold Coast-based mare Bound For Earth coming off a string of ace runs including her Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara fourth over 1400m last time out and market mover Le Cap who opened at $18 before the big firm.
Also from Queensland, the Sunshine Coast-trained Le Cap has come up trumps with the inside alley for this week as the Exceed And Excel five-year-old shoots for his third straight win.
See below for the full Ramornie Handicap 2015 betting odds, fixed win prices open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au who will offer punters an exclusive Bonus Bet for 2nd or 3rd in the sprint feature!