Australia’s best staying types run in the 2019 Ranvet Stakes, which includes the well-backed Avilius and some notable internationally-performed types.
There has been plenty of talk around the NZ trained runners and it should add some spice to a quality 2000m race.
We have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie for this Saturday’s Group 1 feature.
2019 Ranvet Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Ranvet Stakes 2019
Avilius @ $3.30 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Danzdanzdance @ $7.50 Bet Now
Ace High @ $21 Bet Now
Ranvet Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Almandin ($26) Bet Now
Former Melbourne Cup winner which is past his best as a nine-year-old and he ran 13th in the Australian Cup last start.
Always a fan favourite but can’t have him here.
Avilius (Best Bet – $3.30) Bet Now
Pulled up with a minor injury after running fifth in the Australian Cup but his form prior was excellent and if he’s anywhere near his best, they’ll find it tough to beat him.
Trained by James Cummings, the imported stayer doesn’t have any experience on heavy tracks but his breeding suggests he should handle it and he has handled soft in the past.
Better on the dry ground but he’s a serious winning threat in this.
Ace High (Best Roughie – $21) Bet Now
Has a notable win on this track and although disappointing since, he has the ability to cause an upset at double-figure odds.
The winner of over $2.2 million finished sixth in the Australian Cup but was only 1.6 lengths behind the winner.
Wet track hurts but he has upset material.
The Taj Mahal ($26) Bet Now
Backed in from an opening quote of $31 and that’s a solid move. The four-time winner will need to improve on a last start ninth at Flemington and we’re not sure he has ability to take this out.
Always has his supporters.
He’s Eminent ($8) Bet Now
Interesting runner which was a former European star which is now with Mark Todd in New Zealand. He was considered good enough for Todd to come out of training retirement and that adds some intrigue.
He was relatively awful last campaign but his 2017 campaign was full of quality. Punters will be taking a risk and hoping he brings his best form.
Night’s Watch ($15) Bet Now
Didn’t make any headway in the Australian Cup and he has returned from a spell well below his best.
That’s concerning for the son of Redwood, which had been a consistent type and running for the first time at Rosehill is unlikely to help his chances.
$15 is a touch short of value.
Libran ($51) Bet Now
Has one rain-affected track win but is unplaced in all three starts on the heavy.
Hasn’t been running well this season and it’s safe to overlook his chances.
Sikandarabad ($23) Bet Now
Defied a betting drift when scoring two back at Caulfield and ran only 2.6 lengths behind Harlem last time out.
Should be suited to Rosehill and there have been some long-range bets placed on this runner in the Sydney Cup.
Keep an eye on betting.
Auvray ($61) Bet Now
Nice type which battled on well last time out in the Randwick City Stakes, but he doesn’t handle wet tracks and that should be his undoing.
Would take a big effort to win this.
Danzdanzdance (Best Each Way – $7.50) Bet Now
Kiwi mare which went down fighting to Melody Belle in the New Zealand Stakes last time out and she’s a dead-set swimmer.
The daughter of Mastercraftsman has had eight starts on rain-affected ground for four wins and four placings. That’s some record and the Kiwis love coming over and winning in the wet.
Inside draw isn’t ideal but she will get back and hit the line with purpose.
Shillelagh ($12) Bet Now
Former New Zealand runner which always has an upset result on the cards, but three starts in the heavy for no placings doesn’t read well.
Save for a better race back in Melbourne.
Unforgotten ($7) Bet Now
Has been running fair races behind Winx this preparation but we did expect more from the quality mare.
The Waller-trained runner finished 5.6 lengths behind Winx last start when third in the Chipping Norton and although she was always going to need time, she hasn’t been finishing off her races with purpose.
Chance but $7 is too short.
Egg Tart ($13) Bet Now
Out of form and the $11 is miles too short of where she should be priced. Resembles a $26 chance with the way she’s racing currently.
Likes heavy tracks with three wins from four starts and that could be her only saving grace.
Savvy Coup ($81) Bet Now
Has performed horribly since arriving with Chris Waller and her best form could be back in New Zealand.
Unlikely to trouble these.
Nettoyer ($21) Bet Now
Won by 1.5 lengths on this track last start but took on inferior horses to this group. Happy to overlook in this grade.