Our Ivanhowe (GER) and Kerrin McEvoy brought up a second Australian Group 1 win for the Lee and Anthony Freedman trained seven-year-old when taking the $700,000, Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday, but it may have come at a cost after Our Ivanhoe tripped after the line and may have pulled up lame according to McEvoy.
Our Ivanhowe made the most of the Heavy 10 track that had received a rain downpour shortly before the race. Racing at the rear of the field with only Hartnell (GB) and William Buick behind them until the turn for the final straight McEvoy peeled Our Ivanhowe wide off the turn and set off after the leader Antonio Giuseppe (NZ) and Tye Angland.
Buick chased Our Ivanhowe on his outside, but Our Ivanhowe was too strong with a sustained run from the 400m that saw them reach the front with 100m to travel. Hartnell tried hard to chase but as much as the leader found the ground to his liking the $1.90 favourite struggled but still managed a brave second, albeit with the margin 3 1/4L.
The United States (IRE) (Galileo) and Ben Melham were third with the margin 3/4L with Antonio Giuseppe fourth.
The time was 2.10.62 with the final 600m in 37.02. Our Ivanhowe paid $7.50 on fixed odds and $8.20 on the tote.
“It panned out beautifully for us. The horse deserves his day in the sun. He is a gentleman, an absolute pleasure to have and we’re very grateful to have a horse who is so genuine," said Anthony Freedman.
“Even on hard tracks when he is feeling the ground he still gives everything. I am so proud of the horse today. He got his ground and did the job. He is an older horse. He likes a bit of room, he gets a paddock, we spoil him and he responds well to it.
“Good thrill, we have won it in years passed. It is the first one officially together (with lee) though and I could not think of a nicer horse to do it with,” he said.
“He is a big heavy horse and has taken a bit of mending and patching up but all credit to the owners and Lee and Anthony (Freedman) they have got him here in great shape,” said McEvoy.
"They could not 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,” he said.
Our Ivanhowe, by Soldier Hollow out of the Sternkoenig mare Indio Girl, won two Group 1 races in Germany before his transfer to Australia. Raced by Mr A Kheir, Mr P Mehrten, Mr F Palazzo, R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Horseshoe Investments Pty Ltd, Mr J O'Neill, J and M Kheir Builders, Mr T J Day and Mr T G A Casso he has earned stakes of $1.8 million from his seven wins and three placings from 24 starts.
Kerrin McEvoy salutes, picture Sportpix.com.au
What the beaten jockeys said:
William Buick (Hartnell): “He went really good. 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.”
Damian Lane (Stratum Star): “Very heavy track and he got bogged.”
Ben Melham (The United States): “He ran well. His wheels just span when they put the foot down before the corner there. It just took him till they straightened to balance up and hit the line.”
Dwayne Dunn (He's Our Rokkii): “He likes soft tracks but not that heavy. It’s a different type of heavy out there today.”
Tye Angland (Antonio Giuseppe): “Really good run. He travelled well, he quickened well through it, but it’s just so heavy it’s really hard to get a guide to how he really does go over that trip. Backing up from last week, to do what he did today, massive effort.”
Blake Shinn (Sofia Rosa): “Very plain for mine. Thought she travelled well but when the sprint when on she was left flat footed.”