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Kerryn Manning creates more history

07:51 PM 10 Nov 2015 NZDT
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Kerryn Manning today became the first woman driver to win a New Zealand Trotting Cup
Kerryn Manning became the first woman driver to win a New Zealand Cup
Arden Rooney

Australia’s first lady of harness racing has done it again.

Kerryn Manning today became the first woman driver to win a New Zealand Trotting Cup with an allthe-way victory aboard reigning Hunter Cup champion Arden Rooney in the Group 1 feature.

Manning drove the perfect race aboard the Merv Butterworth-owned star at Addington in front of an enormous crowd, the Great Western pacer outgunning the might of Mark Purdon’s stable – who had won nearly everything else on the day – and the best Australasia had to throw at her over the two mile journey.

Arden Rooney stepped perfectly from behind the tapes to find the lead early and was never troubled in the run, holding off the race favourite Smolda in second and Mossdale Connor in third at the finish.

Manning, last year’s HRV Gordon Rothacker Medal recipient, was the first person ever to win 300 races in a single season in Australia or NZ and the first woman to drive a winner in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

She has driven 3529 winners and today’s was her 41st Group 1 victory. 

Harness Racing Victoria

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