2017 Razor Sharp Handicap Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

The bookmakers are having a tough time separating the best three sprinters in Razor Sharp Handicap 2017 betting at Royal Randwick this Villiers Stakes Day.


Calanda is a key chance in Razor Sharp Handicap 2017 betting on Villiers Stakes Day in Sydney on the weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 5:00pm (AEDT) on Saturday afternoon, this season’s Listed $125,000 Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) field is down to 15 starters after the early withdrawal of Machinegun Jubs (13).

Three of the remaining chances are battling for top spot in Razor Sharp Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with I Thought So ($4.80) narrowly heading the markets.

Drawn a treat in gate three and carrying the 53kg minimum, David Pfieffer’s in-form So You Think four-year-old ticks plenty of boxes.

The gelding has run top three in his three latest starts, most recently finishing a close third behind Ocean Embers down the Flemington straight on Melbourne Cup Day in the Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m).

A subsequent Warwick Farm barrier trial win at the start of the month brings the well-bred I Thought So on fitness wise for the weekend’s sprint showdown as the up-and-comer chases his first win under race conditions since March.

Hot on his heels in the latest Razor Sharp Handicap betting markets at $5 for the win is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Calanda, one of three in the race for the stable.

Jumping from a midfield gate seven draw with Kerrin McEvoy aboard, the Snitzel four-year-old was last seen racing in Brisbane when finishing a devastatingly close second as the beaten favourite in Doomben’s Group 3 $200,000 George Moore Stakes (1200m).

The Darryl Hansen-trained George Moore Stakes winner Monsieur Gustave continues on the hunt for the $400,000 Summer Crown bonus contesting the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes at Doomben this weekend, while Calanda returns home to Sydney.

Prior to George Moore the gelding was fourth in the Melbourne Cup Day race that produces I Thought So, while his only previous Randwick start produced a win in the Inglis Sprint (1100m) in the mud last December.

Since then he has posted three subsequent wins, most notably winning the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton in the winter.

Team Snowden’s other Razor Sharp hopefuls are outside chances Snippets Land ($26) racing for the first time since July and Nancy ($18) out to atone for a ninth in the MSS Security Sprint.

The other best in betting at $6 is the Razor Sharp Handicap equal-top weight Chetwood (59kg) who also has the outside barrier draw to overcome.

Prepared by James Cummings for the powerhouse Godolphin stable, Exceed And Excel five-year-old Chetwood hasn’t raced since March but has looked solid producing two recent November trial wins in Sydney leading-up to his return.

See below for the full Razor Sharp Handicap 2017 field, barriers, jockeys and weights before checking out all the latest summer racing odds for the weekend online through Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Razor Sharp Handicap Field & Odds


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