PREVIEW: Your guide to the 2020 GDSC Ramornie Handicap
RACING: A capacity field of sixteen runners are set to line up in a very competitive 2020 Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Listed level at Grafton on Wednesday.
The field for the Ramornie Handicap is made of quality sprinters from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne as well a host of runners from country New South Wales.
Team Snowden will saddle up two runners, Hightail and Signore Fox while James Cummings will send up Haunted who has been runner up at his last two starts at Flemington.
We have analysed the entire field of 16 plus two emergencies and our complete 2020 Ramornie Handicap tips can be found below!
Bandipur was back among the minor prizemoney last start with a second in the Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 13. The Gold Coast trained five year old's pattern of racing is to settle midfield or worse and he will need plenty of luck in the straight with the equal top weight of 59kg on his back.
Snitz found the winner's stall at his first two runs this campaign, including a win in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on May 9 before finishing third in the Listed Bob Charley AO Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on June 6. Also has plenty of weight to contend with but can race on the pace and is a two times winner on the track. Has each way claims.
Boomsara has been out of the winner's stall January 2019 and is facing a tough first up task here. Boomsara hasn't raced since finishing eleventh in the 2020 Magic Millions QTIS Open (1300m) at the Gold Coast in January and has been fitted for his return with a second in a recent 840m Doomben barrier trial.
The James Cummings trained Haunted has been runner up at Flemington at his last two starts over 1400m and 1420m but won't mind the drop back to 1200m with three wins over that distance on his record. Haunted is a genuine chance in the Ramornie Handicap.
The Team Snowden trained Hightail has worked his way up through the grades with a win in a 1250m Benchmark 88 Handicap on the Kensington Track at Randwick followed by a win in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) at the Gold Coast on May 16. The Written Tycoon three year old has since finished twelfth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm and will appreciate the drop in class. Has claims.
Signore Fox has been struggling to find his best form and was always well back when twelfth in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on May 23. Has finished second in a recent 1045m Randwick barrier trial but has to improve to be competitive.
In Good Time
In Good Time was back in the winner's stall at the juicy odds of $61 with her victory in the Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm but then raced on the pace before finishing fifth in the Listed Bright Shadow (1200m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday. No easier here.
Southern Lad has been most consistent of late without a win with four placings from his four starts this campaign. The John O'Shea trained gelding was sent out as the favourite last start when third in the Winter Dash (1200m) at Randwick on June 20 and has to be given an each way chance again.
Boomtown Lass is fitter for two runs back from a spell in Listed company, the latest a fifth, after leading, in the Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 13. Will likely go forward from the outside gate but is facing a tough task.
Jonker looks tested on his last start fifth in the Winter Dash (1200m) at Randwick on June 20.
Will get a nice run from the inside gate but will find this harder than his latest fifth in an 1110m Doomben Handicap on June 20.
Exclusive has won three of his last four starts, two on this track, but will find this tougher than his latest win in the John Carlton Cup (1215m) at Grafton on June 28.
First emergency Tarbert made up some ground last start when fifth in the John Carlton Cup (1215m) at Grafton on June 28 but this is tougher.
What Could Be
What Could Be looks out of his class coming off a last start eighth in a 1200m Randwick Benchmark 78 Handicap on June 20.