Ararat has always been a happy hunting ground for nearby Great Western trainer Peter Manning and the Manning family and it certainly was on Wednesday October 23 when Peter chalked up three winners and daughters Michelle and Kerryn one training winner each, while Kerryn drove a winning double.
The first of Peter’s treble was former Kiwi bred 7-Y-0 Sundon/Cherourwishes mare Sunnyandcher in the G. Ferguson Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres.
Driven by Kerryn, Sunnyandcher starting outside the front row possied three back in the moving line, with The Final Cut leading from gate three.
When Safe Leone another Manning runner surged past the leader in the last lap, Sunnyandcher was in hot pursuit making the final bend three wide, with Gavlenn Sunset (one/one) in the centre.
Finishing best, Sunnyandcher scored by 6.6 metres from Gavlenn Sunset in a rate of 2-06.1, with Candy Digger (three back the markers) third.
It was Sunnyandcher’s 4th victory in 51 outings.
Iron 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque having his 7th start for the season and 56 overall, was once again a tough winner when successful in the Spiller Family Sprint Series Final for C1 class over 1790 metres which qualified in the heats held at the same track on October 13.
Driven by Terang young gun Jason Lee for Peter, Boys Torque was trapped three wide out of gate three, before parking outside the leader Big Gorilla.
Keeping the pressure on throughout, Boyz Torque outstayed Big Gorilla to record a 8.5 metre victory in advance of Big Gorilla who is probably better off with a sit. Peter Manning’s second stringer Additallup (three wide last lap from the rear) finished third. The mile rate 1-59.6.
Five year old Union Guy/Miss Incline gelding Garabaldi Union made it three for the stable when victorious in the Benson Catering Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres with Terang’s Matt Craven in the sulky.
Bred and raced by former HRV Board member Peter Bourke, Garabaldi Union was sent forward from gate five, working hard to park outside the 10-Y-0 pacemaker Vinnies Jet.
Taking over approaching the home turn, Garabaldi Union showed tremendous fighting qualities to come again after being headed by the more fancied stablemate Armbro Speedster halfway up the running to gain the day by 1.6 metres in a rate of 2-01.8, with Graceful Affair 18.8 metres away in third place after always being handy.
Kerryn Manning snared the Bill Sutton Claiming Pace over 2195 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Chipover gelding Waterhorse in a rate of 2-00 even.
Restrained from outside the front row to settle closer to last than first, Waterhorse ran home strongly wide in the last lap to defeat a game Cowboy Cadillac which moved to face the breeze mid-race by a neck in a punishing finish. Keeper Of The Fire (one/one) finished in third place.
Michelle Manning’s smart 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Tarlilia entire Jackabeams made it two from two when successful in the Mark Smith Pace Final for C0 class over 1790 metres.
A winner of his heat on debut, Jackabeams driven by Kerryn led virtually throughout from gate three, accounting for a death-seating Modern Chic which went down fighting by 1.5 metres in 2-00.2, with Xbolt (one/one) third.
On a night of multiple victories, Matt Craven continued his stellar season by driving a treble and Burrumbeet trainer Ashleigh Herbertson prepared a double.
Matt’s other winners were Citysneak in the C. Dunn Vicbred Platinum Country Series F (1st Heat) for C0 class over 2195 metres and BlissfulKisses in the Life Members Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1790 metres, both trained by Herbertson.
Citysneak a 4-Y-0 Metropolitan/Sneak Peak mare starting from the pole, broke her maiden status at start number eleven after using the sprint lane from three back the markers to blouse Michelle Manning’s Aheadofhistime which led by a head in 2-01.4, with Susie Badland third after following the pacemaker.
Six year old Blissful Hall/Ebony And Ice mare Blissful Kisses was given a lovely passage one/one from inside the second row following the favourite The Red Opal, before being switched down to the markers approaching the home turn and using the sprint lane to score by 2.5 metres in 1-59.7 over The Red Opal which battled away gamely. Peter Manning’s Valentino Rustler (one/three) finished third after looking a big chance out wide approaching the final bend.
By Len Baker