Ramsden winner a Cup hopeful

Bouyed by the improvement from autumn to spring of Boom Time last year, the Lindsay Park team are hopeful there is a much bigger 3200-metre race in the future for Saturday's Andrew Ramsden Stakes winner Sin To Win.

Last year, Boom Time was contesting handicap races in Melbourne before appearing in the spring a vastly-improved galloper to win a Caulfield Cup, and co-trainer Tom Dabernig said Sin To Win might be ready to do the same when he reappears in a few months with the Melbourne Cup in mind.

"Potentially he could," Dabernig said when asked if he could mirror Boom Time's improvement.

"He's a horse that has been an improving type and he's clean winded and sound so he's got plenty of good attributes and he's relatively lightly raced.

"It's hard to say but it was certainly a good, strong, tough win today and clearly he was a late-maturing horse."

Sin To Win and Andrew Mallyon against the rails, picture

Times often don't mean too much in staying races, but the Lindsay Park team gained further encouragement from Sin To Win's victory after looking at the clock as he ran 3:21.45 for the 3200-metre trip and six months ago the Irish stayer Rekindling ran 3:21.19 over the same course to win the Melbourne Cup.

Sin To Win clipped heels and fell over 2800m earlier this month and Dabernig said it was the horse's turn for a bit of luck as he had his first attempt at 3200m. He was given a confident ride by Andrew Mallyon and the horse did the rest.

"Today everything went to plan," Dabernig said. "We thought we might have settled a little further back but there was a slow pace heading out of the straight and we just slotted across and he rated it well and left the horse with a kick.

"Now he's a two-mile winner it probably opens up a few doors for him.

"I think he's still got improvement to come and he's a lovely, tough, sound horse."

On the line, Sin To Win ($13) had a neck over Swacadelic ($9.50), with a length to Chequered Flag in third place.

Mallyon said the former Kiwi galloper revelled over the marathon trip and predicted Saturday's win will not be Sin To Win's last over a long journey.

"He loved every bit of the two miles," Mallyon said. "That (3200m) is going to be his go."

Harry Coffey reported the heavily-backed favourite Chequered Flag, who firmed from $5.50 to $4.60, raced too keenly but still toughed it out for third.

Michael Dee reported that Sherlock Holmes ($8 into $6.50) just failed to see out the trip.