View the nominations for the 2015 Bill Ritchie Handicap. The Bill Ritchie Handicap will be run on Saturday 19th September at Royal Randwick racecourse.
|Race 5 – BILL RITCHIE HANDICAP (1400 METRES)|
|Of $125,000.1st $75,000, 2nd $25,000, 3rd $12,500, 4th $6,250, 5th $2,500, 6th $1,250, 7th $1,250, 8th $1,250 GROUP 3
Quality, Three-Years-Old and Upwards, Apprentices cannot claim.Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM NOMINATIONS EXTENDED TO: 15/09/2015 11:00:00 AM
|1||BALLET SUITE||M||4||Chris Waller|
|2||BURNING PASSION||G||4||James Cummings|
|3||DESTINY’S KISS||G||7||Joseph Pride|
|5||HEART TESTA||G||6||Chris Waller|
|6||HIGH MIDNIGHT||G||4||James Cummings|
|7||INDEX LINKED (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller|
|9||MESSENE||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|10||NEVER BACK DOWN||G||5||Jim & Greg Lee|
|11||PUZZLING WONDER||H||4||Anthony Cummings|
|12||REKINDLED POWER||H||4||Paul Messara|
|14||SADLER’S LAKE||G||4||Chris Waller|
Hardline has made a triumphant return to the track with a soft win at the Sunshine Coast.
The winner of New Zealand’s richest race, the $1 million Karaka Million in January, Hardline underwent minor knee surgery after that victory.
Trainer Liam Birchley chose to race him in Sunday’s benchmark race in preference to a sprint at Doomben a day earlier, believing the Sunshine Coast would be more forgiving.
Sent out odds-on, Hardline went to the line under a hold from Damian Browne, cruising to a three-quarter length win over State Of Wealth.
Birchley said he would probably give Hardline another start in Queensland before considering loftier options interstate.
“I’m just glad to see him do what I thought he would,” Birchley told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“I’m happy to stay up here with him for one more run and then we can look at going south.”