GOING GOOD: Strapper Isabelle Chandler with Ramornie Handicap favourite Big Money at John Shelton’s stables. Photo: Adam Hourigan
GOING GOOD: Strapper Isabelle Chandler with Ramornie Handicap favourite Big Money at John Shelton’s stables. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Ramornie Handicap favourite Big Money the chosen one

NOT long after Ramornie favourite Big Money was born, a venomous snake nearly ended his life.

Instead, it was his mother Lyn's Money who paid the ultimate price trying to protect her foal.

"She (Lyn's Money) got bitten on the lip by a snake, trying to protect her foal," revealed Big Money's breeder and part-owner, 65-year-old Phil Gunter.

"The vets tried to save her but she had to be put down," Gunter said.

Big Money was raised by a foster mother at Gunter's Jerry's Plain property.

Unfortunately Gunter and the owners will miss attending the Ramornie.

"I'm still looking forward to it," Gunter said with enthusiasm. "I wish Rodney (Northam) and Robert (Thompson) all the best. All we can do is try.

"The horse is going good. Rodney's happy. We're just hoping for a bit of luck."

Who will win the 2014 Ramornie Handicap?

This poll ended on 09 July 2014.

Current Results

Hidden Warrior

4%

Testarhythm

14%

Under The Sun

4%

Territory

4%

Big Money

29%

Rocky King

9%

Startsmeup

2%

Liesele

4%

Villamill

4%

Jet Style

2%

Bandit Queen

12%

Cheval Du Feu

4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Big Money has received all the attention for the $150,000 Listed feature.

The four-year-old gelding's number five was first drawn from the pot at the barrier draw on Monday and drew barrier one.

A short time later the markets opened with Big Money favourite at $3.60.

Living up to his name, the big money has since rolled in, with Sportsbet firming into odds of just $2.70 the day before the race.

Big Money won the $175,000 WJ Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm last start on June 21 and will once again be ridden by evergreen jockey Robert Thompson.

Testarhythm ($5), Territory ($7) and Gai Waterhouse trained New Zealand horse Under The Sun ($8) are the other favoured runners.



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