The Ranvet Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race of 2000 metres run by any gender of Thoroughbred provided that they are at least three years of age. The race jumps at Rosehill Gardens during the month of March.
Prize money for the race has been boosted to $1 million in recent years, all the way from $700,000, so an already appealing race for trainers and owners with better middle distance horses became more appealing.
Ranvet Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 2000m
Prize Money: $1,000,000
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When Is The Ranvet Stakes: 23/3/24
What Time Is The Ranvet Stakes: TBA
Where Is The Ranvet Stakes: Rosehill Racecourse
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The 2023 edition of the race was won by Dubai Honour, an international foaled in Ireland that has raced in France and England before coming to Australia to win as a five-year-old in the Ranvet Stakes and the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.
To win the Ranvet, Dubai Honour sat just off the leaders until the last 200 metres before unleashing a kick that left the others sucking dirt.
The talented gelding has earned over £3.2 million from 18 jumps for six wins and five placings. He beat the 2022 winner of the race, Montefilia.
More Details About The Ranvet Stakes
The current racing schedule has the Ranvet Stakes jumping on one of the most important autumn meetings at Rosehill.
There are four other Group 1 races on the day – the main attraction is the Golden Slipper Stakes – with the others being the George Ryder Stakes, The Galaxy and the Rosehill Guineas.
Three Group 3 races and one Listed grade race round out the race card.
There is any number of Australian Group grade races where the winner receives a ballot exemption for one of the major Group 1 races, but those are often Group 3 races, so a ballot exemption might be a chance for a lesser galloper to catch lightning in a bottle and supply an upset.
In the case of the Ranvet Stakes, though, the case of a Group 1 race that offers exemption from balloting for the winner, that winner is exempt for not one but three major Group 1 races – The BMW, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Sydney Cup.
History of the Ranvet Stakes
As one of Australia’s true elite legacy races, the Ranvet Stakes was first run in 1903.
It was graded Principal until its first jump following the inauguration of the Group grading system made the race Group 1 grade in 1980.
The race was known and is still registered as, the Rawson Stakes.
Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson, a governor of New South Wales from 1902 to 1909.
For three years spanning 1988 – 1990, the race was called the Segenhoe Stakes. Our speculation is that an Australian horse by that name was somehow worthy of the honour, although what we could determine about the horse suggests that this horse was not worthy, not even in Victoria, where a Group 1 race can be named for a horse that placed in a barrier trial.
Ranvet Stakes came into use in 1991. Ranvet is a company that makes food, nutritional supplements and medications of a veterinary nature.
The trip for the race has varied, something not uncommon for a race of this age. It was 1800 metres from inception through 1954, but was lengthened to 2000 metres in 1955. The next seven jumps saw the trip trimmed to 1500 metres. It was 1500 metres from 1973 through 1978. It was back to 2000 metres in 1979 and has stayed there with the exception of 2008, when the race was shifted to Canterbury Racecourse for that year.
Venue for the Ranvet Stakes
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney has been staging races since 1885.
At last count, the track was overseeing nine Group 1, 13 Group 2 and 14 Group 3 races.
The big race there, in terms of tradition and prestige, is the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes for two-year-olds. In terms of prize money, a special conditions race established in 2019 and called the Golden Eagle, has offered $10 million in prize money to the four-year-old galloper that can cross first.
Rosehill Gardens is just over 2000 metres, 2048 to be exact, so for a 2000-metre race like the Ranvet Stakes, it is just under one full circuit of the track.
Racing History of the Ranvet Stakes
The Ranvet Stakes has always attracted the better types, at least that is the judgement that is natural when the list of winners is examined.
Familiar names that we have seen time and time again grace the list of Ranvet winners. We cannot do complete justice to any of the winners, but here are the ones we considered worth including.
The first winner in the history of the race was 1903’s Great Scot.
He was an 1899 colt by New Zealand’s Lochiel. Much of his lines were unfamiliar, but we did find that Great Scot had one common ancestor that was represented in his sire and dam’s lines, a British horse named Blair Athol that was grandsire to Lochiel and great grand dam sire to Great Scot’s dam Scotch Mary.
The other thing we can say about Great Scot’s lines is that they were complete. Often times, when we examine the pedigree of horses from the early years of the 20th century, there are gaps representing unnamed ancestors.
His big win, in our view, was the Australian Cup at Flemington in 1903. To the people of India, his better wins might have been two consecutive Viceroy’s Cups in 1904 and 1905.
He stood in England beginning in 1908 until he was sold to a Russian government stud in 1913, we suspect to supply cavalry horses to the Russian army.
The same year Great Scot entered stud in England, 1908, Poseidon was the winner of the Ranvet Stakes.
We have written quite a bit about Poseidon. Here, we will say that he was a 2004 inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and that he won the Melbourne Cup In 1906, along with two Caulfield Cup wins in 1906 and 1907.
Poseidon was by the excellent British sire Positano and his dam was Jacinth, an 1894 mare by New Zealand legend Martini Henry.
Poseidon was a desultory stallion after racing. Pedigree records credit him with 13 offspring, all but two of which were fillies.
The years of 1911 and 1912 supplied the first dual winner, a horse named Malt King that also won two All Aged Stakes those same years. He had also won the All Aged Stakes in 1910, but that win was the Victoria version.
Like Poseidon, Malt King had a stud record that was brief, with 10 offspring, but nine of those were fillies.
The race was not held in 1913.
This finds us getting to 1920, when the winner of the Ranvet Stakes was none other than Artilleryman.
Artilleryman is of course famous for winning the 1919 Melbourne Cup in the course of leaving a form line of 26 jumps for 11 wins and 7 placings.
He was spelling in 1921 when he died from internal bleeding, otherwise, he would have made more starts.
He beat Richmond Main in the Melbourne Cup and the AJC Derby, with Richmond Main extracting revenge in the 1919 Victoria Derby.
Richmond Main survived some of his duels with Artilleryman and went on to win the Ranvet in 1921, although he was dead heated by Poitrel.
We can tell that we will run out of time and space before we run out of notable winners of the races, so we are skipping Beauford (1922) and Whittier (1924) two racers that deserve their own articles.
The next dual winner of the race was in 1927 and 1928 in the form of Limerick.
Limerick never won any of the biggest races, but he won the Warwick Stakes (now the Winx Stakes) in 1927, 1928 and 1929. Throw in three straight Chelmsford Stakes win in 1926 – 1928 and you have some inkling of the middle-distance dominance Limerick wielded.
He won the Spring Stakes twice, along with two Hill Stakes.
Limerick won 29 and placed in 14 from 59 jumps.
He beat Windbag to win the race in 1927 and when he won the 1927 Hill Stakes, he was in front of Gothic and Amounis.
To find the next multiple winner, Lough Neagh, from 1933, 1936 and 1937, we neglected Nightmarch (1930), Rogilla (1934) and Peter Pan (1935).
It is not often that we see a three-time winner of any race doing so over the span of five years.
Lough Neagh did a good bit of winning in Queensland, but those same years he was winning the Ranvet at Flemington, he was also winning the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick three times.
For us, the primary reason for appreciating Lough Neagh is his 127 jumps. That, and the fact that when he won the Chipping Norton in 1936, he was beating Hall Mark. When he won that same race earlier, in 1933, Rogilla was one of the ones he beat.
The race was not held in 1942. This was the case for many races as societal attention was focused on the early stages of World War II in the Pacific.
The next dual winner was in 1947 and 1948, when the winner was Columnist. To arrive there, we skipped 1941 winner Beau Vite and 1946 winner Bernborough.
The big win by Columnist was the 1947 Caulfield Cup after running second to Royal Gem the year prior. He actually won more races than he had offspring, but we have often observed it to be the case that the better racers are not always the better sires.
The next dual winner on the list of Ranvet Stakes winners was Sky High in 1962 and 1963. This necessitated ignoring Redcraze (1957), Tulloch (1958) and Wenona Girl (1961).
Sky High is in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, thanks to winning the Caulfield Stakes twice and the Golden Slipper Stakes in 1960, along with a slew of other major races.
Sky High held the Flemington track record for 2000 metres until it was matched by Let’s Elope in 1991 and broken by Makybe Diva in 2005.
Sky High enables us to mention his sire, Star Kingdom. We were in some doubt when we would encounter the name, but there was probably some Star Kingdom in many of the horses we skipped.
Sky High beat Wenona Girl in two races, something few others could claim.
He was a fairly prolific sire, although his best, Autobiography, as U.S. born colt with ties to Bold Ruler, won just $385,000, which was pretty good for a galloper racing in the U.S. in the early 70s.
Wenona Girl won the race again in 1964.
We have written of her often, so we will not here. We are also skipping two-time winner Gunsynd from 1971 and 1973.
We did that to preserve some space for the 1979 and 1980 winner, Marceau.
Marceau is possibly the least of the winners we have examined, but he was good enough to win this major race twice.
He grandsire was Star Kingdom and his sire Kaoru Star. Marceau was a good sire and we would avow that his best offspring was the 1982 New Zealand colt Hula Chief that won the 1986 Group 1 Doncaster Handicap.
The next dual winner on the list was Beau Zam in 1988 and 1989.
He won over $2.3 million from 28 jumps for 11 wins and 7 placings. He was second to Lord Reims in the 1987 Caulfield Cup as a three-year-old.
His best offspring won major races and major money in Japan.
To give some clearer idea on the quality of the fields for the Ranvet Stakes, we report that we are ignoring Better Loosen Up (1990), Super Impose (1991), and Veandercross (1993).
That brings us to the next dual winner, Tie The Knot that won the race in 2000 and 2001.
Tie The Knot won over $6.2 million, thanks to his proclivity for winning major races with big prizes on multiple occasions. In addition to winning the Ranvet twice, he won the Sydney Cup twice, along with two wins in The BMW. He was further enhanced and distinguished by winning the Chipping Norton Stakes for times from 1999 – 2002.
Tie The Knot is the answer to the trivia question, “What horse won the Chipping Norton Stakes in two different centuries?”
Tie The Knot had mostly northern hemisphere lines on the side of his U.S. Sire Nassipour. Much of his Australian dam’s line was also northern hemisphere, but Whisked had a line tying her to Star Kingdom.
Some of his wins came over Doriemus and Jezabeel, but it appears that he never got the better of Might And Power and Sunline, but few were able to beat that pair.
Tie The Knot made 62 jumps for 21 wins and 17 placings.
Tie The Knot had 13 Group 1 wins, but as a gelding, he left no offspring.
The next dual winner was Theseo in 2009 and 2010.
We arrived at this Ranvet Stakes dual winner at the expense of Grand Armee (2005), Eremein (2006) and Desert War (2007).
Theseo won over $3.2 million from 40 jumps for 11 wins and 9 placings. His wins in the Ranvet and the Chipping Norton Stakes in 2010 came over the good racer Rangirangdoo.
Theseo was the last to win the Ranvet Stakes more than once.
Good winners since include Silent Achiever (2014), Gailo Chop (2018), Avilius (2019), Addeybb (2020) and Verry Elleegant (2021).
The final winner prior to 2023’s Dubai Honour was 2022’s Montefilia.
She is currently aged five years, a daughter of the good New Zealand galloper Kermadec.
Her three other Group 1 wins were in the Flight Stakes, the Spring Champion Stakes and the Metropolitan.
She has earned above $3.2 million from 27 jumps for six wins and eight placings. She tried the Ranvet again in 2023 to come in second. Her win in the Ranvet gave her a big scalp from the 2021 winner Verry Elleegant.
There are still people who prefer to call the race the Rawson Stakes, but by either name, the Ranvet Stakes is one of the key races of autumn.
Any of the winners we skipped due to space constraints could have made an entire article without the slightest difficulty.
Even the multiple winners on which we focused represent some of the best middle distance horses that have ever graced the turf.
Ranvet Stakes Past Winners
|2016||The United States|
|2001||Tie The Knot|
|2000||Tie The Knot|
|1992||My Eagle Eye|
|1990||Better Loosen Up|
|1965||Time And Tide|