Ramornie Preview and best bets

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Time to look at the Ramornie Handicap 1200m. I will give my rundown of the race and then a few others who should be respected over the days racing.

When this track is hard and fast is can be a massive bonus to race on pace as you can run time and be very hard to catch. The Ramornie however has a stack of pace this year and a handful of runners drawn awkwardly who are likely to push forward, this should give most horses their chance to win.

Really interested to see where HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME ends up? I would be surprised if he had the speed to cross horses like ADEBISI, BIG BONANZA and co. Does he get posted wide? I think that is a genuine concern here. However if you have backed him his last couple he owes you nothing!

The race is set up for RIVER LAD who will get a gun run 4th-6th somewhere just off the pace smoking his pipe till the corner. He will probably sit one off the fence with BORDER REBEL inside him. If he gets on the back of a good horse to take him into the race at the right time he will be very hard to beat. On top of the ground, over a fast run 1200m is his cup of tea and at $8.50 on www.tatts.com that seems a good price.

The best of the leaders should be ADEBISI who has a touch of class and is a bomb fresh with 4 wins and a placing from 7 attempts. Many will question his ability at a hard run 1200m, but he can run time on top of the ground and this is not a tough 1200m circuit. If he is going to do it then it may well be here. He is also $8.50 and will be my other bet in the race.

Outside of them GUNDY SON $15 looks value as he will be as strong as anything late, it is just a matter of what sort of run Hammersley gets from the gate and how far back he has to go. PENTASIA would be in my top few from a good gate but (13) is a big question, they either burn early and risk getting posted wide or go way back…. Neither look great options.

*Happy to take $8.50 both ADEBISI and RIVER LADTattsBet

2013 RAMORNIE Selections:






****Other runners to watch at Grafton Wednesday***

Race 1 On Top  2- RETUNE

Prices all important here. RETUNE is a QLDer who ran well behind Mr Testa in Brissy and then ran 2nd in the Cup prelude. He is definitely the one to beat here but not sure what price he opens up at. ‘The Prophet’ followers would have noted he tipped PHRASES in Syd last week at big odds. It’s run on that occasion was very good and I love the way it stuck on first time at a staying trip. This is very suitable and if e/w odds are available it could well be worth another go.


Race 3 No. 3 GIDS-

Comes of a win over Westbrook who then come to town last weekend and ran 2nd in the Saturday maiden behind Southerly. I think that will stack up here and this horse is an improver. Add to that the decent gate to get a nice run and if odds allow I will be having something on.



Race 6 No. 1- CASINO CARD

This is far from a one horse race. HUNTER JACK, AL NOVA, HARADA BAY and even CHEVAL DE FEU can have claims made for them but I can’t go past the Lucky Hussler and Eximius form that CASINO CARD brings in. He also won a race at the Sunny coast last month and beat Mr Testa who has won twice since and Thirsty For Blood who has won also. He would love a drop of rain but effective on dry also.



2,3,4,5,10,16 —– 1 —– 1,2,3,6  —– 1,2,10,11


We also have two BLACKBOOK RUNNERS which I have mentioned: