Peter Moody and Luke Nolen combined for another Group 1 with Manighar.
Manighar’s Australian renaissance continued this afternoon when the adopted Victorian registered another Group 1 win in the $400,000 Ranvet Stakes at Sydney’s Rosehill.
The European import backed up his win in the Australian Cup at Flemington earlier this month when he defeated Rangirangdoo and Shoot Out in the 2000-metre event.
The victory made it back-to-back Group 1 wins for the grey gelding, who has won three of his four starts for champion Victorian trainer Peter Moody, who was thrilled to see Manighar win again after some pre-race nerves.
“I was a little bit apprehensive before the race, I thought he was too well and I told Luke to give him a good bowl to the barriers,” the Caulfield horseman said.
“I just thought he was a bit too much above himself, but he just continues to thrive. He really enjoys our conditions and he’s racing in great form.”
Manighar benefitted from a top Luke Nolen ride to register the ninth win of his 26-start career and lift his career earnings beyond $2 million.
Nolen and Manighar were worse than midfield in the early stages, but found themselves one horse back in the three-wide line at the halfway mark when Shoot Out pushed forward to sit outside leader Zavite.
Shoot Out assumed the lead on the point of the turn, but was quickly passed by Rangirangdoo and Manighar who engaged in a stirring duel. Rangirangdoo veered out over the final 250m, but it didn’t deter Manighar who got home by a half head.
But instead of ruing Rangirangdoo’s waywardness, Nolen said it might have assisted his chances.
“He gave me a good bunny to follow for a long way,” he said. “They said he was back (to his best) on his last run and he carted me to the place I needed to be.”
A further length behind Rangirangdoo in third spot was Shoot Out, marginally in advance of Niwot, who hit the line hard to claim fourth just in advance of Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed.
Manighar will now strive to complete the big dual-state treble of the Australian Cup-Ranvet-The BMW treble when he contests the $2 million The BMW at Rosehill on 7 April.
“We look forward to two weeks’ time now,” Moody said. “That’s the race we’ve aimed at since the start of the prep, so hopefully we haven’t bitten off more than we can chew along the way.”
Moody and Nolen were also the first Victorians home in the day’s other Group 1, the $600,000 Coolmore Classic, with King’s Rose finishing a close third in the 1500m event.
The former Kiwi mare was beaten only a half-length, upstaged by under-rated Sydneysider Ofcourseican, who presented Kathy O’Hara with her maiden Group 1 success, and two-time Group 1 Secret Admirer.
Another Victorian, the Stuart Webb-trained Yosei was a fast-closing fourth and her jockey Michelle Payne protested against the winner for interference between the 900m and 400m but that was quickly dismissed by stewards.