Two gallopers are battling for top spot in Saturday’s Ranvet Stakes 2016 betting markets with Dibayani and Hauraki out to improve on the placings in the Chipping Norton Stakes last time out.
Chris Waller’s history making mare Winx won the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on February 27, but finishing off the trifecta behind here where the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Dibayani (2nd) and progressive four-year-old Hauraki (3rd) for Godolphin and trainer John O’Shea.
Now the Chipping Norton placegetters face off again shooting for their own elite level Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival win on Golden Slipper Day in the $700,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
Six-year-old Dibayani opened original favourite in the Ranvet Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au but the rails-drawn son of Shamardal has eased slightly out from $3.70 to $3.80 to break a lengthy drought and his maiden status down under.
He hasn’t won since June of 2013 in Europe, but from barrier one over the 2000m this weekend he is a livewire hope to hand co-trainer David Hayes his first Ranvet Stakes win since Better Loosen Up – who passed away age 30 this week – back in 1990.
From 2006 – 2008 three Chipping Norton Stakes runners-up backed up to win the Ranvet Stakes, so history is on Dibayani’s side.
Hauraki meanwhile is fast closing in on Dibayani betting-wise having been backed in from $4 to $3.80.
He jumps one outside his older rival’s outside from barrier two, which last produced a Ranvet Stakes winner in Foreteller (2013).
Four-year-olds have a poor recent record in the race, the last to win being Gai Waterhouse’s mare Tuesday Joy (2008), but this son of Reset has last year’s Ravent Stakes winning jockey James McDonald in the saddle on Saturday.
The horse looks set to peak third-up after his opening two thirds at Randwick in February and he has winning form at the track and distance as a three-year-old taking out the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) by over two lengths.
Occupying the third line of Ranvet Stakes betting is the other Hayes & Dabernig-trained runner, four-time Group 1 winner Criterion.
He returned to racing running last home in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) when five and a half lengths away seventh to Holler a fortnight ago.
The star Sebring stallion however will be improving second-up (6-2-2-0) at Rosehill (9-3-2-1) over more distance having run second in the Cox Plate and third in the Melbourne Cup during the spring over 2400m and 3200m respectively.
It’s a wide open market in the weight-for-age clash with yet another two other single figure hopes with Robert Hickmott’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) runner-up at Flemington last weekend The United States ($6) on the quick back-up and Waller’s imported stallion Storm The Stars ($8.50) having his second run down under after a Chipping Norton seventh last time out.
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