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A ballot free ride into November’s $8 million Melbourne Cup field is up for grabs at HQ on Saturday with a class field of stayers engaged in The Andrew Ramsden Stakes 2021.
Due to run as Flemington Race 6 at 2:50pm (AEST), this year’s Listed $400,000 The Andrew Ramsden (2800m) features a line-up of runners led in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au by the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Realm Of Flowers ($3.80).
Mark Zahra partners the four-year-old So You Think mare in Melbourne’s feature race of the weekend coming back aboard her for the first time since a close second in last November’s Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) over the mile and a half.
Realm Of Flowers has been good over the autumn including a Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) second at Rosehill and her last start fifth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 17 at Randwick.
This shapes-up as an easier grade of rival for her and over the distance with a bit of luck she could be hard to beat.
It’s a close affair in The Andrew Ramsden betting this season with the danger being the Danny O’Brien-trained Group 1 winning Miami Bound ($4.20).
Jumping from barrier 10 with Ben Allen in the saddle, the former VRC Oaks champion chases her first victory since last October’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).
She contested the 2020 Melbourne Cup running 14th and gets the chance to earn another shot at the world’s richest handicap race via a win in The Andrew Ramsden.
The now four-year-old Reliable Man mare has been very strong in Sydney in the lead-up coming off back-to-back Group 1 thirds in the Tancred Stakes and Sydney Cup, plus she’s a two-time winner at Flemington.
The bookies are having a hard time separating the best from the rest in The Andrew Ramsden odds with a host of other runners also at single-figures including the Ciaron Maher & Daivd Eustace-trained trio of: Persan ($4.80), therails-drawn stablemate Grand Promenade ($6) and three-year-old VRC St Leger winner last time out Through Irish Eyes ($6).
Pierro four-year-old Persan is the shortest-priced of The Andrew Ramsden acceptors in the current all-in Melbourne Cup 2021 odds online paying $26, a price sure to firm should he win on the weekend.
He’s a Flemington specialist having won four from seven at the track including last October’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings that led into his credible fifth in the Melbourne Cup behind Twilight Payment when under three lengths beaten at 40/1.
2021 The Andrew Ramsden Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||0x90x0x055||CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Dean Holland||8||58.5kg||94|
|2||14x844x221||GRAND PROMENADE (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Harry Coffey||1||58.5kg||85|
|3||121215×124||PERSAN||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Dee||4||58kg||105|
|4||30x0x86112||MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE)||Chris Waller||(late alt)||9||58kg||91|
|5||6107×87833||MIAMI BOUND (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Ben Allen||10||56kg||105|
|6||58862×6225||REALM OF FLOWERS||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Mark Zahra||6||56kg||95|
|7||34612x9x77||NEVER LISTEN||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2||56kg||80|
|8||410x212x47||LION’S SHARE||Steven Pateman||Will Price (a)||7||56kg||65|
|9||633121||THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Poy||3||54kg||77|
|10||2252×82302||SALTO ANGEL (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Thornton||5||52kg||75|
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