Flemington’s other two mile race, the Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2016, is one of the highlights in Melbourne this Saturday with a bumper field of 17 stayers accepted to face off in the Black-Type clash.
Due to run as Flemington Race 7, the same as the iconic Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November, this year’s $200,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) is shaping up as another testing feature.
Andrew Ramsden Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au feature four single-figure hopes, the early favourite of which at a current quote of $4.40 being Master Zephyr jumping from barrier four with John Allen in the saddle.
Prepared by last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir, the Shirocco four-year-old is as yet untested over the 3200m but does have winning form up to 2500m.
He won the Listed Terang Cup (2156m) two back before a last start fourth in the wet in the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on May 5 carrying 55.5kg.
Rising to 57.5kg on the weekend, the punters are rallying behind the European import who has the right trainer to win a two mile showdown at Flemington Racecourse.
Hot on Master Zephyr’s heels the Andrew Ramsden Stakes betting markets this season is early mover De Little Engine backed in from $7.50 to $5.
He carries a hefty 59.5kg in the handicap clash from barrier five with Ben Melham booked to ride the Danny O’Brien-trained Encosta De Lago gelding.
A winner over 2800m at the Flemington track, De Little Engine was last seen running third behind Lucky Lucky Lucky also over that distance at the same famous Melbourne course on May 7 with the same weight as Saturday.
The other two current single figure fancies are De Little Engine’s last start conqueror Lucky Lucky Lucky ($750) shooting for back-to-back Flemington wins and Glorious Sinndar ($8) after three consecutive wins.
Tony McEvoy prepares Lucky Owners six-year-old Lucky Lucky Lucky whose 1.5 length win here over 2800m suggest he can handle the extra metres of the Andrew Ramsden.
He does cart 3.5kg extra than his 56kg winning weight from last time out, but has form against some nice types including his third in April’s Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) and jumps from barrier six with Luke Currie in the saddle.
Glorious Sinndar meanwhile is another Weir-trained hope in the mix getting in on the 54kg minimum with apprentice Harry Coffey booked to ride the French import.
A winner of five of his 15 starts to date, the Sinndar five-year-old saluted on a Heavy (10) at Warrnambool two back before another victory this time carrying 58.5kg to victory over 2580m at Cranbourne last Friday.
The Robert Hickmott-trained English import My Bantry Bay ($11) having just his third run down under and Empire Maker stallion from Japan The Bandit ($11) now trained by John Sadler follow in the markets just ahead of the 60kg top weight Swacadelic ($13).
Warrnambool’s Aaron Purcell prepares German expat Swacadelic, the five-year-old having had one previous 3200m run when fifth to Purple Smile in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup back in March.
Since then he has run seventh in the Mornington Cup, won over 2530m defeating Big Memory at Flemington on Anzac Day and crossed third in the Warrnambool Cup at the start of the month.
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