Kerryn Manning wins group 1 Hunter Cup 2015
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Kerryn Manning races at the Horsham Harness Cup. She has now won the Hunter Cup. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERGREAT Western harness racing trainer-driver Kerryn Manning defied the odds at the weekend to record a stunning win at the group 1 Hunter Cup at Melton’s Tabcorp Park.
Manning drove New Zealand-born gelding Arden Rooney to victory in the $400,000 feature race on Saturday night for the Butterworth Racing Syndicate.
The result came in a track-record mile rate of 1:58.4 with splits of 28, 29.7, 28.4 and 28.6 seconds.
It made a mockery of Arden Rooney’s pre-race odds of $82.90.
Manning has been training the five-year-old since it came to Australia just before last month’s Horsham Pacing Cup.
Arden Rooney finished third in Horsham behind winner Philadelphia Man and runner-up Restrepo, but put them both to the sword in Saturday night’s longer 3280-metre race.
Drawing barrier two, Arden Rooney kicked away early in the race before recovering to sit behind leader Philadelphia Man.
Adore Me, a $2.30 pre-race favourite, galloped away early and ended its chances.
Philadelphia Man set a cracking pace, suiting Arden Rooney’s staying power. With just over 400 metres to go, Manning was able to move off the rails.
Manning said she was confident in the horse during the run home.
‘‘The leader tended to over-race – a few moves came around and he raced a bit, which was in my favour because my horse is strong and loves that sort of thing,’’ she said.
‘‘He went for home fairly early and I knew he’d keep going because when he goes, he really tries his hardest.
‘‘They were coming in the outside lane but we had a big enough gap in the straight to hold them off – it was a long straight.’’
Arden Rooney passed the winner’s post 4.4 metres ahead of runner-up Franco Ledger, with Easy On The Eye finishing third.
Manning said winning the Hunter Cup was a thrill for her and the ownership syndicate.
‘‘He paid about $81 to win, which I think was a little bit long, but there were a lot of good horses in it and he was forgotten a bit, I suppose,’’ she said.
‘‘He hadn’t beaten some of the better horses in it, but the race suited him.
‘‘I think the owner had a little ticket on him so he was very pleased.’’
Manning said she had thoroughly enjoyed training Arden Rooney for the past month since his appearance at the Horsham Pacing Cup.
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