Ranier backed to deliver
Godolphin trainer James Cummings admits Ranier will have to be at his best if he is to emerge victorious in Saturday's Australian Guineas.
In his only run over 1600m, Ranier got home narrowly to win the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup carnival, and returns to the same track and distance on Saturday.
In the lead up to the Guineas, Ranier worked home fairly in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) first-up before finishing fourth to Australian Guineas rival The Inevitable in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m).
Cummings says those two runs have him in top shape for but admits he will have to raise his game again if he is to win pm Saturday.
"He's been set for the Australian Guineas and in two unplaced runs this preparation he's been building towards a very strong third-up effort," he said.
"He'll be required to deliver nothing short of his very best effort to be a winning chance in this prestigious race, but he is the type of unassuming character who looks capable of delivering such a performance on his day."
Drawing barrier 15 looks a concern for Ranier on paper but jockey Craig Newitt said the gate is unlikely to be a major factor for his mount.
"He gets back and I'll probably have to ride him for a bit of luck, but he's got a good finish on him," he said.
"Hopefully he can wind up and have the last crack at them because he can certainly rip off some sectionals late. I think there will be enough speed on with Hawkshot bowling along. He should get his chance at some stage."
Ranier is 40/1 to win the Australian Guineas while Extra Brut can be backed at 15/1.
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