Nominations for the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) closed this morning with a small field size of just 10 middle-distance runners declaring their interest in the $500,000 race.
The Ranvet Stakes is one of five Group One races running at Rosehill this Saturday and its nominations have been extended until 11:00am tomorrow morning in an effort to attract a larger field of runners.
Headlining the current list of nominations is defending champion Silent Achiever. The Roger James-trained six-year-old mare took out last year’s edition of the race amid three consecutive Group One wins. She rolled forward to be allowed to work over and sit second before having to cart field up to Carlton House. She nearly struck the front turning but the leader gave another surge. The mare lost touch but picked up the bit again and put her nose down when it counted to win by a short half-head.
Silent Achiever has failed to win another race since her Group One treble, which also included winning the New Zealand Stakes (2000m) and The BMW (2400m). In fact the mare has run unplaced in six of her seven subsequent starts, all but a minor placing in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 25.
Joining Silent Achiever in the 2015 Ranvet Stakes nominations is the John O’Shea-trained Contributer, who beat the mare in both the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) this preparation.
Chris Waller has nominated three of his stable stars – Foreteller, Hawkspur, and He’s Your Man. Both Foreteller and Hawkspur would be backing up with just a week between runs with the former running ninth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday and the latter scoring a minor placing in the Group 2 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) winner He’s Your Man was last seen running third to Contributer in the Chipping Norton.
Other horses nominated for the Ranvet Stakes include Hong Kong-based Dominant, Kris Lees’ classy and popular mare Lucia Valentina, and Listed CS Hayes Stakes (1600m) runner-up Mouro.
Check out the complete list of nominations below, which could grow tomorrow morning.
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2015 Ranvet Stakes Nominations
|1||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||113|
|2||DOMINANT (IRE)||John Moore||112|
|3||FAST DRAGON||Bruce Wallace||97|
|4||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||111|
|6||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||110|
|7||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||111|
|8||MOURO (USA)||Tony McEvoy||104|
|9||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||116|
|10||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Yasutoshi Ikee||107|