IRISH import Our Ivanhowe took out the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes in style on Saturday at Rosehill in its first start since last year’s Melbourne Cup.
The seven-year-old was ridden patiently at the tail end of the field by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who unleashed the horse just before the corner and it responded by torching the field to win by over three lengths and return $8.50 at WilliamHill.com.au.
McEvoy said Our Ivanhowe enjoyed the slop of the Heavy 10 track.
“Today was the first time he has got his ground, the first time since coming to Australia there has been some rain around and he just loves it.” McEvoy said.
The gun jockey said the other horses could not find the kick his elect found effortlessly.
“They couldn’t quicken and he quickened up the last 500m and i went from six/seven lengths off them to controlling the race and the horse did the rest,” McEvoy said.
The win was Our Ivanhowe’s fourth win from nine first up attempts and second group one glory since coming to Australia back in 2015.
Hartnell came from last to snatch second and deliver $1.90 to investors at Crownbet.com.au while the United States had a great run in transit but failed to find when it mattered to round out the placings.
British superstar William Buick believes a firmer track would have seen Hartnell salute.
“He went really good,” Buick said after the race.
“He doesn’t like that ground and the winner loves that ground. He was just beaten by the ground really.
“He’s run a good race, better than last time, so hopefully he will be better on fast ground.”
Our Ivanhowe’s trainer Anthony Freedman said the Doomben Cup winner was suited perfectly by the Heavy 10 surface at Rosehill.
“The agent in Germany who sold him said this is the best wet tracker in the world.” Freedman said.
“Now we just have to find him another one.”
The race is not an unfamiliar one to Freedman, whose runner Star Impose took out the 1991 Ranvet Stakes.
Repeating the feat was no less special for Freedman, who was happy for connections especially with Our Ivanhowe’s victory.
“Good thrill, we’ve won it in years passed. It is the first one officially together though and I couldn’t think of a nicer horse to do it with,” he added.