Premier Melbourne trainer Peter Moody continues to get the best out of French import Manighar with another Group one win at Rosehill today.
Manighar made it three wins from four starts for Moody with another fighting finish to take out the Group 1 $400,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) after winning the Group 1 $1m Dubai Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 10.
The six year old gelding arrived at Moody’s stable with the reputation of being a dour stayer but has been transformed into a top weight for age horse.
Manighar’s main target in the Autumn has always been the Group 1 $2.25m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on April 7 and Moody has picked up two bonus Group 1s along the way.
“I thought he was a bit too much above himself but he just continues to thrive and he really enjoys our conditions and he is racing in great form,” Moody said.
“I think Luke won it at the 1700m when it looked like for a minute that he might be driven into the fence and he eased and came out three deep and got to follow Shoot Out and Rangirangdoo through the race.”
“We didn’t want to be buried inside from the four gate and he made a decisive move there and gave him every chance.”
Moody said the trick to keeping Manighar focused was to keep changing his surroundings and it was the right time to bring him to Sydney.
After the initial scrimmage, jockey Luke Nolan was able to keep Manighar out of trouble bringing him wide on the home turn to challenge for the lead.
Rangirangdoo on Nolen’s inside stuck with him all the way down the straight boring out and the pair wound up almost on the outside fence.
Nolen was able to get enough out of Manighar ($6.50) to score by a head over the Chris Waller trained Rangirangidoo ($17) with $3.10 favourite Shoot Out a length away third.
“Rangirangdoo gave me a good cart into the place I needed to be,” Nolen said.
“He will be better for his experience at Rosehill and I’m really looking forward to getting to the BMW.”