2016 Ramornie Handicap Nominations Feature Mount Nebo

Allan Denham’s last start Winter Dash winner Mount Nebo is one of the headline nominations taken for next Wednesday’s Ramornie Handicap 2016 sprint during the Grafton Cup Carnival.

Mount Nebo

Winter Dash winner Mount Nebo is nominated for the 2016 Ramornie Handicap at Grafton next Wednesday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The first of the carnival’s two Black-Type events, this year’s $160,000 Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) runs on July 13 and has attracted a bumper 40 early entries.

Included in the list of nominees vying for a spot in the capacity 16-starter field is the Wyong-trained Mount Nebo, a six-year-old son of Dubawi coming off the Winter Dash (1200m) win at Randwick on June 25.

That victory, his seventh at career start number 38, followed from a first-up second behind Danish Twist in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) and while he has no Grafton race experience is in flying form ahead of the stakes’ showdown.

Winter Dash runner-up Decision Time is also among this winter’s Ramornie Handicap nominations, the Clarry Conners-trained Foreplay eight-year-old defeated under half a length as a $51 roughie.

Along with Mount Nebo other notable last start winners entered for the Ramornie this season include the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained El Sasso and Kelso Wood’s class Queenslander Into The Red.

A five-year-old son of Snitzel, El Sasso enjoyed a first-up victory over 1100m at Rosehill last Saturday by a runaway two and a quarter lengths.

He has plenty of place form second-up (5-0-3-1) and also a stellar record over the Ramornie distance (18-5-5-3) that he is sure to enjoy getting back up over next week.

Into The Red is another rising six-year-old, the Brisbane-trained son of Not A Single Doubt having been restricted to just three runs in the past 12 months.

He has won two of those in stakes class however including a last start Eagle Farm victory in the Group 3 WJ Healy stakes (1200m) from June 25.

A Brisbane raider took out last year’s edition and the Liam Birchley-trained Rock Royalty is back for a second crack this season.

The now seven-year-old has been unable to finish in the money since and comes off a sixth in the WJ Healy at home last start.

If he does trump his recent form and return for back-to-back Ramornie Handicap wins he will be the first dual champion of the race since The Jackal (2007-08).

Last year’s winning horseman Birchley has also nominated for his Showcasing three-year-old Hardline who has won four of his eight career starts to date.

The only other three-year-old nominated for a shot at the older sprinters in the Ramornie next week is the John O’Shea-trained Mogador, the Lonhro colt coming off a third in the WJ Healy Stakes.

His other latest run was a second at Doomben in the Listed Queensland Day Stakes (1200m), so his form from the winter is solid.

Also out of the WJ Healy Stakes, form that could stack up in Grafton, is fifth-placegetter Final Crescendo who has previous winning form at the Ramornie track and who ran sixth to Rock Royalty in the race 12 months ago.

Last year’s runner-up Barbed is also back for a second shot at the title, the Godolphin-raced Canny Lad five-year-old coming off a disappointing 11th when beating home just one other runner in the Winter Dash.

His form in Sydney prior to that was solid with two close fourths at Rosehill in March in the Group 3 Maurice McCarton Stakes (1100m) and Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) defeated around two lengths in both races.

Gai Waterhouse has nominated for her Stratum mare Echo Gal who is out to atone for a 13th behind Miss Cover Girl in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) as a $41 roughie last start in Brisbane, while fellow mare Bells Of War has a good Grafton record.

The Con Karakatsanis-trained War Pass five-year-old has had two runs at the track for two second place efforts, but hasn’t won a race since September last year.

Other notable nominees include the Gary Portelli-trained recent Chief De Beers winner in Brisbane Straturbo, and in-form veteran Steel Zip who ran second in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich and fourth in the Glasshouse Handicap at the Sunny Coast this campaign.

See below for the full Ramornie Handicap 2016 nominations, the final field and barrier draw due for release on Monday July 11.

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2016 Ramornie Handicap Nominations

Grafton Racecourse – 13/07/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 52x133x007 ALL ASSURED M 4 Kim Wildman
2 4192342214 APPLE THIEF G 5 Bryan Guy
3 28x70044x0 BARBED G 5 John O’Shea 91
4 791x4223x4 BELLS OF WAR M 5 Con Karakatsanis 76
5 07x3310x60 BIG MONEY G 6 Rodney Northam
6 5354x17x38 BLACKBOARD SPECIAL G 5 Wayne S Lawson
7 4238×36106 CHOICE BRO G 6 Tony Sears
8 1x44613x07 CROOKED BLAZE G 4 Leon Davies 80
9 388×011013 CROSSROAD G 4 Paddy Cunningham 76
10 0525900902 DECISION TIME G 8 Clarry Conners 91
11 2x409x0630 ECHO GAL M 4 Gai Waterhouse
12 34x92821x1 EL SASSO G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 87
13 20x131223x EVER SO NATURAL G 4 Cliff Bashford 72
14 x722311151 EXECUTED G 4 Krystle Johnston
15 856x5669x5 FINAL CRESCENDO G 6 David Kelly
16 4x0019306x FINISHING CARD G 9 Brett Dodson 85
17 0019113211 FREE BILLY G 5 Peter Sinclair 77
18 171x119x39 HARDLINE (NZ) G 3 Liam Birchley
19 252621153x HILL SPY G 5 Luke Pepper 77
20 96x2111x70 HOTEL DRIVE G 4 Scott Henley
21 29x136x151 INTO THE RED G 5 Kelso Wood
22 x2556x3421 LONDEHERO G 5 Matthew Dunn
23 52x3451x49 MANA MANU G 6 Marcus Wilson
24 x125x75423 MOGADOR C 3 John O’Shea
25 x31524536x MORAL VICTORY G 6 Tim Martin 83
26 486x990x21 MOUNT NEBO G 6 Allan Denham 94
27 x1x041819x OCEAN GRAND G 4 Cliff Bashford 72
28 x3276x6448 OFFICE BEARER H 6 Jason Coyle 88
29 157654×393 PRINCE MAYTED G 4 Colt Prosser 75
30 383x37209x QFIGHTER G 6 Matthew Dunn 80
31 00×8840576 ROCK ROYALTY G 7 Liam Birchley
32 200135×416 ROYAL OCCASION G 5 Matthew Dunn
33 21927×7309 SLOTS M 6 Grant Marshall 95
34 80362x70x7 SMART VOLATILITY G 7 John Sargent 100
35 9x59400x12 SPECIFIC CHOICE G 6 Cody Morgan 76
36 2111036×34 STEEL ZIP G 8 Pat Duff
37 5×47554215 STRATURBO G 6 Gary Portelli 90
38 2601131×94 TINA MELINA M 4 Tony Gollan
39 13340×0763 TOTAL AUTHORITY M 5 Con Karakatsanis 69
40 1111×13487 TRUBIA H 4 Michael Lakey

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