THE RANVET STAKES
2000m, $700,000, Group One standard weight-for-age for three-year-olds and up at Rosehill
*Originally named after Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson, the Governor of NSW from 1902-1909.
* The race was first held in 1903 and won by Great Scot; The United States won in 2016.
* In 1921 Richmond Main and Poitrel dead-heated.
* High profile past winners include Grand Armee (2005), Tie The Knot (2000-2001), Super Impose (1991), Better Loosen Up (1990), and Beau Zam (1988-1989).
* The 1999 Ranvet Stakes ended in controversy when Tie the Knot was demoted in favour of New Zealand horse Darazari following a protest.
* Gai Waterhouse has a superb record in the race having prepared seven winners; Glen Boss is the most successful jockey with four winning rides.
* Since 1987 only four three-year-olds have won: Myocard (1987), Beau Zam (1988), Stony Bay, and Gold Guru (1998).
WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING
“We just need to get him back in the game and get a good positive run leading into the Queen Elizabeth and hopefully he does that on Saturday” – Hartnell’s trainer John O’Shea.
“I reckon he just peaked a bit late the other day and was looking for wet ground also, so I’m looking forward to riding him. I think the back-up will suit him on the wet ground and I expect him to run really well” – The Unitd Stakes’ jockey Ben Melham.