Pinwheel top draw for Ramornie
DARLEY Australia head trainer Peter Snowden was delighted after Pinwheel drew barrier one in tomorrow’s $130,000 WHK Ramornie (1200m) at Grafton.
“A great draw. You can’t do much better. All is well,” Snowden said.
NSW TAB fixed odds have installed the four-year-old, a Danny Nickolic mount, as $3.60 second favourite behind Border Rebel ($2.90).
In contract, the Sue Grills-trained Border Rebel drew barrier 11 in the 16-horse field. He will at least come in one if reserve Blue Jupiter doesn’t get a run.
Local hope Forestreno, tackling his fifth Ramornie, drew barrier 10 and dual winner The Jackal, barrier 12.
Snowden said Pinwheel worked stylishly last Tuesday.
“He’s a good trackworker and pleased us with what he did on Tuesday,” Snowden said.
“He’s in good order; as good as I can get him.”
Snowden, unlike Grills, suggested Border Rebel’s wide gate “wouldn’t stop him”.
“He’s a very good horse,” he said.
“It’s been my experience with horses like him weight doesn’t stop them.
“He doesn’t get beat very often; look at his record. He’s a winner, the one to beat.”
Grills took a different tack.
“He’s got the job ahead of him with 60 kilos and barrier 10,” the Tamworth horsewoman stated.
“Pinwheel has drawn barrier one and with 54.5 kilos it makes it nearly impossible for Border Rebel to beat him.
“Rebel is as good as ever, super, the owner wants to run, I don’t.”
Phil McLeod, Forestreno’s trainer, is adamant the gelding will figure in the finish.
“He’s got a lot of advantages this year,” he said.
“I know it’s his fifth go but he’s drawn perfect. There’s plenty of speed under him, got the right jockey (Glen Colless) and I’m very happy with him.
“He’s at 17 dollars. In my opinion he’s a 2-1 chance.”
One lucky punter jumped in early on the David Kelly-trained mare Tryptanol (barrier 7), Tab Fixed odds betting $20,000 to $1000.
Kryptelon was tightened into $15.
A field of 11 accepted for Thursday’s $150,000 Grafton Cup (2350m), Gerald Ryan‘s Caloundra Cup winner Ironstein, a pronounced $2.50 favourite.
Ironstein drew barrier 6.
“I’d prefer there than the extreme outside but at the end of the
day, it won’t make a real lot of difference,” Ironstein’s jockey Michael Cahill said.
“They haven’t missed him at the weights, obviously he’s paying the penalty for winning, but he’s a big strong type and the weight shouldn’t worry him.
“He’s a horse on the way up; he could measure up to the top grade next season, that’s the good thing.”
Glen Colless, aboard Alan Bailey‘s Ipswich Cup runner-up Frozone, said he expected the gelding to prove a big chance.
“If the tracks good, that’s what he needs, he can be there somewhere,” Colless said.
Corey Brown has been booked for the Mike Moroney-trained Beatboy.