Brent Mangos came within one win of achieving a personal milestone at Cambridge Raceway last Thursday (August 22).
On the eve of his 50th birthday the South Auckland reinsman won four of the nine races at the Waikato Harness Racing meeting.
‘Mango’ drove the winners of the first three races – Te Kawau, Quite Easy Damit, and For Your Eyes Only – as well as nailing the last event with Lambrusco.
He also had two seconds and a third from his seven drives.
“I’ve won four races at a meeting four or five times now. It was a satisfying night because I’ve been quiet the last couple of months. I haven’t been driving as much as I would have liked,” Mangos said.
After the first two races Mangos had driven a double for Palmerston North trainer Stephen Doody, and also won for Graeme Rogerson and Peter Blanchard in the final race.
He was also victorious with the 3-year-old Christian Cullen filly he trains with Hayden Cullen, named For Your Eyes Only.
“She’s quite a tall filly and has needed time. She had enough ability as a 2-year-old but just wasn’t strong enough.
“She’s a nice type but I think her best will come after Christmas,” Waiau-Pa based Mangos said.
Meanwhile Mangos is gearing up for a West Australia campaign for his stable star Better Cover lover.
“She will have two trials, the first at Alexandra Park on September 14 and then at Cambridge the following week.
“I’m taking five to Perth at the end of September or early October depending on flights. ‘Betty’ will have three mares’ races in Western Australia before coming back for the Queen Of Hearts in Auckland.
“Then she will follow a similar programme to last year. After Alexandra Park she’ll compete in the two Group One mare’s races at Addington before heading to Sydney again to take on the mares over there,” Mangos said.
He said Three Blind Mice, Agent Ninety Nine, and The Black Forest were all booked to join ‘Betty’ while Three King’s journey across the Tasman was still to be confirmed.
Mangos hinted that this would more than likely be 6-year-old Bettor Cover Lover’s last year of racing. He said he never really considered the New Zealand Cup option.
“I know she would go a great race in the Cup but you have to be realistic and go where the money is. You don’t get a lot for finishing fourth or fifth in the Cup,” he said.
Mangos is working a team of 20 ain Franklin – a young team comprising mostly two and three-year-old pacers.
“We have a young team and have had to start again, and so far some of the young ones are showing a lot of promise.
“We qualified three at Alexandra Park on Saturday. Cheers Kathy and Bettor Bianca went seven and six seconds under the qualifying mark, while Tout Noir went more than seven seconds under when winning his qualifying trot.
“I’ve got a lot of time for him. He’s a 3-year-old black gelding out of the good Straphanger mare Strapless. One of the Tony Milina breed,” Mangos said.
The vodeos of Brent Mangos winning drives are attached.
By Duane Ranger
Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand