Nine runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Hauraki has returned to racing in slick form this time and has cut into tied $3.80 favouritism with the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Dibayani with leading online bookie [labdrokes].
Posting three wins and five minors through thirteen career starts so far, Hauraki capped a strong autumn campaign second in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in 2015, but required a couple of runs to find form upon resuming in spring.
Placing seventh in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 19th, the Reset gelding ran a close second to stable mate Complacent in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) before ending his campaign a credible eighth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17th.
Having run third in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) first-up, Hauraki savaged the line for third behind Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) last time out and will relish a step-up to 2000m on Saturday.
Dibayani has stamped himself as a serious racehorse through his short Australian career so far and will also enjoy a step up to 2000m for the Ranvet Stakes.
Resuming this time for fourth in the Apollo Stakes, Dibayani was strong to the line for second in the Chipping Norton Stakes last time.
Allocated the rails draw, the Shamardal gelding has been confirmed to be partnered by last start hoop Blake Shinn for his run in the Ranvet Stakes.
Criterion is yet to herald much interest in 2016 Ranvet Stakes betting markets but undoubtedly offers punters the best value for money at a current quote of $5 for success.
Resuming in 2015 for third in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), Criterion progressed to second in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) before charging home to win the featured Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
Posting a number of credible results during a trip abroad, the Sebring entire returned to Australia in spring for success in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) before finishing second in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and third in the Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for seventh in the Canterbury Stakes, Criterion will be hard to beat from barrier 3, with Michael Walker aboard.
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