The last Group 1 race of the season in Australia...
The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained mare Real Of Flowers is into the $8 million Melbourne Cup field on the first Tuesday of November following her impressive victory in the 2021 The Andrew Ramsden at Flemington.
Jockey Mark Zahra enjoyed back-to-back victories in the Listed $400,000 The Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at HQ after his victory on Oceanex (2020) last season.
This year he did it aboard progressive four-year-old So You Think mare Realm Of Flowers who was the fit stayer in the field off her lead-up fifth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
Dropping in grade and distance off that Randwick run from April 17, Realm Of Flowers settled towards the tail-end in The Andrew Ramsden as the Lindsay Park-trained Constantinople led the field around.
Once on the home straight, Zahra really got going on Realm Of Flowers ($3.20) who was quick to respond, the mare flying late down the outside to take up the lead 300m out from the line.
She was too good the closing stages absolutely trotting home by four and three-quarter lengths to defeat the on-pace Grand Promenade ($15) who did well to hold on after travelling second throughout.
Making up all the late ground coming from last to third to round out The Andrew Ramsden trifecta was Danny O’Brien’s former VRC Oaks champion, the heavily-backed favourite Miami Bound ($3.10F) who came off back-to-back Group 1 thirds in the Tancred Stakes and Sydney Cup.
It was the second Andrew Ramsden Stakes win in three years for the Freedman stable following their 2019 victory with Steel Prince.
Real Of Flowers has firmed into $19 second favouritism in the all-in 2021 Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au – available in full here – that are led by last year’s Irish-trained runner-up Tiger Moth ($17).
2021 The Andrew Ramsden Results & Finishing Order
|1||6||REALM OF FLOWERS||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Mark Zahra||5||56kg||$3.20|
|2||2||GRAND PROMENADE (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Harry Coffey||4.75L||1||58.5kg||$15|
|3||5||MIAMI BOUND (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Ben Allen||6.25L||9||56kg||$3.10F|
|4||3||PERSAN||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Dee||6.45L||3||58kg||$4.60|
|5||9||THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Poy||9.45L||2||54kg||$12|
|6||4||MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE)||Chris Waller||Luke Nolen||11.45L||8||58kg||$15|
|7||8||LION’S SHARE||Steven Pateman||Will Price (a)||26.45L||6||56kg||$101|
|8||1||CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Dean Holland||38.45L||7||58.5kg||$41|
|9||10||SALTO ANGEL (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Thornton||50.45L||4||52kg||$26|
|7||NEVER LISTEN||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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