Ramornie Handicap Tips & Preview
Looking for Ramornie Handicap Tips? Our feature race expert previews the 2020 Grafton sprint showpiece and gives his best bets and predictions.
Here is our Ramornie Handicap Tips for Wednesday, July 8, 2020:
RAMORNIE HANDICAP 2020 PREVIEW
Wednesday’s Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton is set to be run on a Soft 5-rated track and has attracted a capacity field of 16 plus two emergencies.
In-form trainer Matthew Dunn saddles up the favourite, Snitz, from barrier 6, and just three other runners are under double figures.
Peter and Paul Snowden have two live chances in the $200,000 race, with second favourite Hightail at $6.50 and Signore Fox around the $17 quote.
The ultra-consistent Southern Lad is on the third line of betting at $7, while James Cummings’ Haunted drops back in trip following two runner-up efforts over 1400m at Flemington.
HOW TO ASSESS THE LEAD-UP FORM?
The form is a nightmare to try and line up with the 18 acceptors coming through 14 different form races.
Of those races, and handful rated very low for a race of this nature, so I’m willing to risk the runners coming through them as they would need to improve by 10 lengths or more to be competitive.
Sandbar recorded the strongest last start BM performance but has been scratched.
Another six runners posted strong last start figures, and each of them have career best runs around 1200m – this is where I want to focus.
Hightail, Haunted, Bandipur, Boomtown Lass, Snitz and In Good Time are the runners in question.
WHO WILL WIN THE RAMORNIE HANDICAP IN 2020?
Hightail maps extremely well and comes off a cracking performance in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) where he was beaten 3.6 lengths.
He loomed at the top of the straight but couldn’t match motors with most, and while he did look a bit disappointing, this was the strongest rating performance of his career going 7.8 lengths quicker than standard.
He did only carry 50kg and now has to carry 56.5kg, but he carried 55.5kg first-up over 1250m at Kensington and went 6.8 lengths quicker than standard when defeating subsequent Civic Stakes winner Trumbull.
I don’t think he ran the 1400m right out last start, and the super quick early speed didn’t help his cause.
Fourth-up and rock-hard-fit as he drops back to 1200m, I think he’s the one to beat from barrier 4 with Glen Boss in the saddle.
2020 Ramornie Handicap Tips
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