2018 Ranvet Stakes Nominations Feature Harlem

March 19, 2018

2018 Ranvet Stakes Nominations Feature Harlem

Lindsay Park’s upset Australian Cup winner Harlem is set to head to Sydney on Golden Slipper Day this weekend featuring as a standout in the Ranvet Stakes 2018 nominations.

Harlem

Australian Cup winner Harlem is among the 2018 Ranvet Stakes nominations for Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Also nominated for the Group 3 $150,000 NE Manion Cup (2400m) on the same Rosehill card, the six-year-old Champs Elysees gelding is more likely to shoot for a second elite level win on the trot in the Group 1 $700,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

Ranvet Stakes nominations have been extended until 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday morning with 14 current early entries for what is one of a bumper five Group 1 races on Slipper Day on Saturday.

A nice lead-up into the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on April 14, the Ranvet Stakes is shaping-up as a star-studded affair this autumn.

Harlem jumped at big odds third-up in Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March 10 but was too good for his Super Saturday rivals scoring a half-length upset.

The import will face another notable test should he accept for the Ranvet Stakes field heading to Sydney for the first time since a sixth in the Sydney Cup over two miles last April.

The Australian Cup – Ranvet Stakes double was most recently achieved by Manighar (2012), while the following year’s Ranvet Stakes winner Foreteller improved on a lead-up seventh in the same Flemington race.

Harlem could chase the Australian Cup – Ranvet Stakes interstate double most recently completed by Manighar in 2012

Beaten Australian Cup favourite was the Darren Weir-trained French import Gailo Chop who is also nominated for a rematch at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The Deportivo seven-year-old won back-to-back Caulfield races in February and jumped the short-priced favourite at Flemington.

The winning streak came to an end however when he finished runner-up and he could get the chance to atone and turn the tables in the Ranvet Stakes in his Sydney debut over his pet distance (12:6-1-0).

The other best out of the Australian Cup is Harlem’s stablemate Ventura Storm who placed third for the Lindsay Park stable last time out.

A five-year-old son of Zoffany, Ventura Storm is a Group 1 winner over the mile and a half in France but is yet to win down under.

His best result since coming over at the start of 2017 was a second to Winx in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last October.

Seeing Sydney for the first time if accepted on Saturday, Ventura Storm is the other chance to hand co-trainer David Hayes with a second Ranvet Stakes success following that with Better Loosen Up back in 1990.

No three-year-old has won the Ranvet Stakes since Gold Guru (1998) but there are two youngsters nominated this season with Terwilliker and Levendi.

Terwilliker is a three-time nominee across the Slipper Day program also entered for the Group 1 $600,000 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and NE Manion Cup.

Levendi, also 2018 Rosehill Guineas-nominated, meanwhile is the better known three-year-old who could race on the quick turnaround after his second to runaway winner Cliff’s Edge in last Friday night’s Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at The Valley.

Other standout Ranvet Stakes nominees include the Gary Moore-trained Classic Uniform coming off a third to Winx in the Chipping Norton Stakes, stablemate Egg Tart who ran a disappointing 14th as the beaten favourite in last Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Nick Olive’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Single Gaze.

The final Ranvet Stakes 2018 field and updated odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are set for release on Wednesday.

2018 Ranvet Stakes Nominations

Extended until 20/03/2018 @ 11am (AEDT)

Rosehill Gardens – 24/03/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1141124×32 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 95
2 0222511×73 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 5 Gary Moore 109
3 40×2842442 CONSENSUS (NZ) M 6 Stephen McKee
4 111x270x40 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 104
5 143150×112 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 115
6 515867×281 HARLEM (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
7 1x1661x502 LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis 85
8 02720×2426 PRIZED ICON H 4 Kris Lees 107
9 1412x3x50x SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Richard Freedman 98
10 90×5611103 SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees 102
11 054420×225 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 109
12 85×6144332 TERWILLIKER G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 62
13 46925041×8 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Liam Howley
14 5x76200x43 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

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