Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Pat Scala

The disappointment of missing a guaranteed start in the Caulfield Cup has swung the connections of Skelm to look at a richer race instead.

Skelm is one of 15 horses nominated in the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m) at Flemington on Saturday, a race that provides the winner a ballot exemption into November’s Melbourne Cup.

Trainer Terry Kelly said he and the owners of Skelm had planned winning the Mornington Cup, run in March, which would have provided a ballot-free entry into October’s Caulfield Cup.

A $26 chance, Skelm charged home to finish third behind Aktau in the 2400m race.

Kelly did not let that disappointment worry him for too long and began work on getting Skelm ready for the Andrew Ramsden instead.

“When we won at Caulfield in January we were in the winner’s bar after the race and the Mornington Cup was mentioned,” Kelly said.

“We thought we’d have a go at it, but unfortunately we just missed out.

“We brought the horse home and he was in such good order to put away for a spell, so we thought we’d head to the Andrew Ramsden.

“You never know, it would be an unbelievable story if he got there.”

Kelly has been trying for the best part of 50 years to have a runner in either of Victoria’s biggest Cup races, but until Skelm has not had a horse good enough.

An ex-Godolphin-owned horse, Kelly purchased Skelm for $12,000 unraced.

Skelm is trained on a private farm at Coghills Creek, about 10 minutes from the Ballarat racecourse.

The property has two straight uphill tracks of 1600m, one turf, one heavy sand, as well as different areas set out on 700 acres to work on and not get bored.

“We’ve never got to the bottom of him him yet but he gives the indication that he will run a strong two miles,” Kelly said.

“He’s a unique character and shows you all the signs that he’s a happy horse.

“He gets to do something different every day and we can take him to Ballarat occasionally to give him a bit of a bit of a change.”

The Andrew Ramsden will not have a capacity line up this year with only 15 nominations that includes Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance, last start Warrnambool Cup winner Too Close The Sun along with recent Adelaide winner Oceanex.

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Horse Racing Big Collects, Bets and Moves – Saturday’s Races 16/1/2021

Australia’s leading bookmaker the TAB gives an overview of today’s betting markets from the feature races and race meetings from around the...

Magic Millions Classic results and replay – 2021

View the results and replay for the 2021 Magic Millions Classic. The Magic Millions Classic was raced at Gold Coast...

Magic Millions Guineas results and replay – 2021

View the results and replay for the 2021 Magic Millions Guineas. The Magic Millions Guineas was raced at Gold Coast...

Watch 📺 Another Rockhampton rocket unearthed

Back in October 2012, at Rockhampton over 1100m, a horse flew around the course in a Class 1 and bolted...

Horse Racing Big Bets – Saturday’s Races 16/1/2021

We take a look at the big bets the online bookmakers have taken on Saturday’s horse racing around the country...

Magic Millions Classic

The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is a Restricted Listed race held at in Queensland each year and is one of...

Magic Millions Guineas

The Magic Millions 3YO Guineas is a Restricted Listed race held at in Queensland each year and is one of...

Exciting stallion dies due to liver failure

Sadly 13-year-old Coolmore stallion Zoffany was euthanised today owing to liver failure. “Zoffany was a great servant and he’ll be...

Star Singapore sprinter headed for Australia

Star Singapore sprinter Inferno is set to make the move to Australia ahead of a possible racing career if he...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.