Compiled by Julieanne Horsman
An impressive field including stakes race winners and group place-getters will line up in the $160,000 Grafton District Services Club Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) on Wednesday. Each trainer gave an assessment of their horse leading into the race.
The Monstar “He’s trained on really well and his last run suggested he will tough it out, he’s in for the fight. It’s a suitable race, he’s drawn well and he’s the topweight for a reason. The track is firmer than what he is used so I’d be happy with an overnight shower.” – Brett Cavanough.
Boss Lane “I would have liked him to have drawn a tad closer but I don’t think it will worry him too much. He’s in a good space at the moment and will be competitive. He is worthy of taking his place.” – Ron Quinton.
Flippant “With the good draw, we are looking to place her in the first four or five on Wednesday. She is a big mare who gets fitter with every race and is a solid chance.” – Paul Snowden.
Someday “He’s going really well. He’s first up off a long spell, had two jump outs and I am really happy with where he is at. There looks to be a lot of speed in the race and from the 1 alley he should get a nice quiet run and hopefully work home.” – Desleigh Forster.
Steel Zip “I don’t think he realizes his age. He’s 9 but thinks he is still 3. I specifically set him for the Ramornie because he did so well in it last year (finished 3rd). He ran a respectable race in the Group 3 Healy Stakes and the way he has worked since, I am sure he will give us a nice genuine performance.” – Pat Duff.
Badajoz “He’s going very well and is in extremely good form. Things will need to unfold favourably for him from the wide gate (17) though.” – James Cummings.
Lucky Tom “He had a few hard runs and then kicked his hock so we had to give him a little break. He’s bounced back now and is going good. It would have been better if he had drawn a good alley. He’s a front running horse and there’s a fair bit of speed inside him.” – Harold Norman
Londehero “He’s been going good and his last couple of starts have been really nice. Hopefully with the quick tempo that’s expected in the race he can make a late run and get them on the line.” – Toby McIntosh, Stable Foreman for Matthew Dunn Racing.
Mogador “He was luckless in this race last year but he needs to lift to be a chance tomorrow.” – James Cummings.
O’Reilly’s Revenge “He’s resuming so he might need the run but I am confident he will be up there. Barrier 13 isn’t ideal but he does have a bit of gate speed which will hopefully be enough to get him midfield or better with cover. He’s got the master Robert Thompson on and he knows the track better than anyone.” – Paul Murray.
Calanda “The decision to come up was performance-based. He has drawn well and the conditions on Wednesday suit, so there is no reason why he can’t keep up the momentum.” – Paul Snowden.
Free Standing "He's improved physically and mentally and is right where he should be. Look what happened when they underestimated him in the Country Championships." - Steven Thompson, owner.
Evangelist “I’ve only had him for three weeks and this will be his first start for me. I’m happy with his work but I haven’t tested him yet as he is best fresh. 1200m is short of his best and he often misses the start but he is up to the class, having won a Listed race before.” – Lea Selby.
Red Bowers “He steps up in the race but gets in with a light weight. With quick tempo up the front, I expect him to be running on at the end as well.” - Toby McIntosh, Stable Foreman for Matthew Dunn Racing.
Three Sheets “He pulled up fine from the John Carlton. It’s a six-day turn around but he has been up here since last week. The draw is fine because he is a horse who gets back and runs on. It’s a far superior field to John Carlton but I am happy with the horse’s progress. We’ll have a crack.” – Jeremy Sylvester.