Flemington tips and race preview, Andrew Ramsden Stakes, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Welcome to our Flemington preview and racing tips for Saturday, May 16, 2020.
The feature event on the card is the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, a race formerly known as the Duke Of Norfolk Stakes and which is run at listed level.
The race boasts $321,000 in prizemoney but even more importantly for some it offers the winner exemption from the ballot for the Melbourne Cup in November.
Flemington was rated a soft 5 on Thursday but with no rain forecast it should present a perfect racing surface by raceday on Saturday.
The support races to the Andrew Ramsden feature some capacity fields and excellent betting races for the canny punter. We have been through the card with particular attention to the feature race to find some value bets for our followers.
Read on for our free Flemington tips and preview of the feature race, the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, plus other tips from the nine-race meeting being run on May 16, 2020.
Flemington race 4, Kennedy Mile, 1.30pm local time (1600m)
A bit of ragtag bunch contesting this but the early favourite is the promising gelding 9.Sikorsky which flashed home to just miss at Caulfield four weeks ago. We a little concerned about the gap between runs as he was a late scratching a couple of times due to deteriorating tracks. 10.Diplomatic Measure has been consistent in his career so far with four wins and two placings from only eight starts and he should race right on the speed. We like the ex-Kiwi 7.Duke Of Plumpton, which is now in the stable of rising trainer Patrick Payne, a former top jockey. He was second at Sandown last start behind Shot Of Irish, which has since won again at Caulfield last Saturday in great style.
Flemington race 6, Andrew Ramsden Stakes, 2.50pm local time (2800m)
This will be a real test for the 12-strong field over 2800m at WFA and that means we are looking for the true stayers to step forward. 7.Too Close The Sun won the Warrnambool Cup last start over 2350m and his breeding suggests the extra distance won’t be a problem. The former Perth galloper has an impressive record with seven wins and five placings from 13 starts and seems certain to roll along in front. 2.King Of Leogrance won the 3200m Adelaide Cup last start and the only query is he has not started since that race on March 9. If trainer Danny O’Brien has him spot on we think he will win and win well. 6.Norway is a 25-1 chance but he hails from the Chris Waller camp and should not be underestimated.
Flemington race 8, Seppelt Wines Handicap, 4.10pm local time (1400m)
A trick affair in which 1. Achernar Star is likely to start favourite but we are keen on the chances of 2.Iconoclasm, which should get the ideal run for veteran superstar jockey Damien Oliver. Iconoclasm has drawn gate three and has already won twice at this track and distance, among his nine wins and five placings from only 26 starts. That’s an impressive winning strike rate in this field.12.More Than Exceed looks suited and gets the 1.5-kilo claim for apprentice jockey Michael Poy, while 16.Heptagon is certainly capable of winning and looks over the odds around the $16 mark.
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