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The second of five Group 1’s at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday kicks off over 2000m, with the running of the $1m Ranvet Stakes. Whilst only eight runners are set to go head-to-head in the time-honoured weight-for-age feature, there are a host of different form lines, both local and international, to assess, making it an intriguing contest.
Looking at the market, Dabble has last year’s Melbourne Cup winner, Gold Trip, favourite at $4.00, just ahead of Mo’unga at $4.20 and both Dubai Honour and Hinged at $4.40. Montefilia is also given a hope and is currently $8.00.
However, we know with horse racing that anything can happen and as the market suggests, it looks a tough little race for punters. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you and provided our horse racing tips! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2023 Ranvet Stakes along with The Shark’s best tips.
1. Gold Trip (8) – $4.00F
Jockey – Mark Zahra 59kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
Finished second in last year’s Caulfield Cup, before having no luck in the Cox Plate and taking out the Melbourne Cup. Resumed in very good style at Sandown three weeks ago, when running Steinem to 0.3L over 1800m. Ran well at his only go at here Rosehill and is a winner second up. Looks hard to beat.
2. Mo’unga (6) – $4.20
Jockey – Nash Rawiller 59kg
Trainer – Annabel Neasham
Covered ground and was good first up in the Apollo Stakes before again chasing Anamoe home into third place last time out. Is unbeaten here at Rosehill and is a Group 1 winner this track/ trip. Racing consistently well at the highest level and no reason he won’t do the same again here. One of the main hopes.
3. Dubai Honour (2) – $4.40
Jockey – Ryan Moore 59kg
Trainer – William Haggas
The William Haggas trained Dubai Honour warms up for Saturday’s Group 1 Ranvet Stakes with some light work at Canterbury. 👀 pic.twitter.com/qt2SgGPY3V
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) March 14, 2023
Newmarket-trained gelding who is having his first go in Australia. Recent form around Bay Bridge and Baaeed is strong and he’s a three time winner over ten furlongs. As always for international gallopers, a market watch is advised, but on form alone has to be given a winning hope.
4. Raise You (4) – $18
Jockey – John Allen 59kg
Trainer – Joseph O’Brien
Irish-trained galloper who is also having his first go down under. Finished midfield in the Irish St Leger last start at Curragh, which is strong enough form for any race around the world. Is a three time winner fresh and has won over 2000m. Ticks plenty of boxes if he puts his best foot forward.
5. Bankers Choice (7) – $51
Jockey – Michael Dee 59kg
Trainer – Michael Moroney
Sound return in the Elms Handicap first up at Flemington before a fast finishing third behind Nonconformist last start. Steps up to 2000m third up here which suits and he gets that man, Michael Dee, in the saddle. Can get home hard and finish in the placings if there’s some tempo about early.
6. El Bodegon (3) – $18
Jockey – Hugh Bowman 58.5kg
Trainer – Chris Waller
Former international who finished a close up third, at his first go in Australia, in last year’s Cox Plate. His two runs this prep in the Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton have been just fair. He now gets to a trip which is suitable and gets blinkers on for the first time. Could be a big improver.
7. Montefilia (5) – $8.00
Jockey – Dylan Gibbons (a) 57kg
Trainer – David Payne
Talented mare who rattled home first up in the Chipping Norton Stakes. Caused a big boilover in this race last year when she destroyed Verry Elleegant and co. History suggests she goes well second up and off the strength of her fresh run, she has to be considered a big chance of making it back-to-back wins in this race.
8. Hinged (1) – $4.40
Jockey – James McDonald 57kg
Trainer – Chris Waller
On the quick back up here after finishing down the track in the Coolmore Classic last Saturday. She uncharacteristically got a long way back on that occasion and the run was far better than it reads on paper. Form prior around Anamoe was very good. Should get a good run on speed from the inside draw and certainly isn’t here to make up numbers. Big show.
Despite only eight runners lining up here, it’s a rather fascinating contest. Speed on paper looks moderate, which could well suit those up on the bunny.
Protagonist firms from $26👉$7 in the Ranvet Stakes. 🏇💨
— bet365 AUS (@bet365_aus) March 11, 2023
Mo’unga has returned in good order this preparation, finishing just 1.4L behind Anamoe in both the Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton last start. The step up to 2000m looks ideal and he shouldn’t be too far away in the run. He’s unbeaten here at Rosehill and feel he can keep that record in-tact here.
If you read the form guide alone, you’d probably be wondering why Hinged is so well respected in the market after her last effort. As mentioned above, her run in the Coolmore Classic was far better than it appears on paper and her prior form behind Anamoe was good. She’ll roll forward from the inside gate and take plenty of running down.
Melbourne Cup champ, Gold Trip, returned in good style, as did quality mare, Montefilia. Both will improve second up out to a more suitable trip and can easily give this a shake.
And respect has to be given to the international gallopers, Dubai Honour and Raise You. Both bring quality form lines from their respective jurisdictions and will give strong accounts of themselves, providing they handle the Australian conditions.
Ranvet Stakes Tip
2. Mo’unga – Win ($4.20)
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*Odds correct at time of writing, courtesy of Dabble.