Manawanui Wins 2011 Up And Coming Stakes

August 22nd, 2011

Race favourite Manawanui won his first Group race when he claimed victory in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes at Warwick Farm Racecourse last Saturday August 20, 2011.

The three-year-old gelding was first-up in the 2011 Up And Coming Stakes after taking a short spell following his autumn success.

Trainer Ron Leemon wasn’t surprised when Manawanui won the 2011 Up And Coming Stakes by more than four lengths on Warwick Farm’s Heavy 9-rated track.

Leemon had instructed jockey Glyn Schofield to ride the gelding as a backmarker in the 1,300 metre Up And Coming Stakes.

“I was telling everyone I like to see him back a bit because he has an enormous amount of speed when you let him go,” said Leemon.

“We will now give him a pretty easy week next week and won’t do much at all with him and just try and get him back to normal.”

“It’s good to have a nice horse it’s been a long time since I have had a nice horse and when you can go to the races and compete at this level it’s good.”

Queenian finished a gallant second, while Detours rounded out the placings in third.

Jockey Glyn Schofield believes that Manawanui has immense potential.

“We definitely thought we had a serious horse in the making his first prep because whilst he did it all well he didn’t really know what to do he was just a big baby,” said Schofield.

“This prep he has come back a lot better mentally and he is a bit stronger and wiser animal.”

“His trials he led but purely by circumstances he is not a tearaway by any means and he showed that today that he can switch off and relax beautifully in behind them.”

Manawanui may now be destined for a start in the Group 1 Golden Rose for three-year-olds at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on September 10, 2011.

“It all depends if the owners put their hands in their pockets,” Leemon said.

The Oratorio gelding was purchased for $45,000 as a yearling at the 2010 Classic Yearling Sale and has already won nearly $140,000 in prize money.

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2011 Up And Coming Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon Glyn Schofield 5 55kg $2.25F
2 1 QUEENIAN David Payne Nash Rawiller 4.3L 1 57.5kg $7.50
3 5 DETOURS Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4.4L 3 53kg $3.40
4 8 IRISH TIMES Clarry Conners Christian Reith 5.6L 6 53kg $21
5 4 WIN FOR WILSON John P Thompson Brenton Avdulla 7.4L 7 53.5kg $13
6 7 DOUBLE RANGA Paul Messara Ms Kathy O’Hara 14.1L 2 53kg $6.50
7 10 KUTCHER John P Thompson Craig Williams 32.7L 4 53kg $31