One of the early favourites for the 2011 Sydney Cup, Gai Waterhouse’s Once Were Wild leads a quality field of stayers in this Saturday’s $100,000 Listed N E Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens.
The 2011 Exponet N E Manion Cup is one of nine black-type features set to run for Rosehill Guineas Day this year and features a capacity field of 14 runners plus one emergency.
Leading the list of acceptors for Rosehill Race 8 on Saturday is Johannesburg mare Once Were Wild.
Waterhouse’s classy four-year-old, a Group 1 winner during the autumn last year in the AJC Oaks, sits as the $9 third favourite behind stablemate Descarado ($4.60F) and the Lloyd Williams-owned Linton ($7.50) in the Luxbet odds for the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) set to run at Randwick on Saturday April 23.
Once Were Wild has had two starts this season most recently finishing a well-beaten 11th in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on March 5.
Stepping up to 2400m on Saturday, however, will suite but she must contend from a wide barrier 15 draw and carry a heft 58.5kg with Nash Rawiller in the mount.
Waterhouse will also be represented in the N E Manion Cup by Lorne Dancer, the six-year-old drawn in gate nine and coming off a gallant fourth to Saint Encosta in the Group 3 Randwick City Stakes (2120m).
John Thompson’s Saint Encosta is also backing up in the N E Manion Cup on Saturday, the Encosta De Lago four-year-old drawn ideally in barrier four which is the gate they won the Randwick City Stakes from last start.
Other top horses in the 2011 N E Manion Cup field include:
- Above Average (Lee Freedman) – High Chaparral five-year-old was second in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) and Sandown Cup (3200m) during the spring, drawn well in barrier five with Corey Brown booked for the ride
- Bid Spotter (Graeme Rogerson) – Redoute’s Choice five-year-old won the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m) two starts back before fading to finish 14th in the Launceston Cup last start, has a wide barrier 14 draw to overcome
- Sandberg (Guy Walter) – Only other last-start winner in the field along with Saint Encosta, has come up trumps with barrier one for Saturday after a smart win over 2000m at Canberra on March 13 where they carried a huge 60.5kg to victory, drops down to 53kg this start
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2011 Exponet N E Manion Cup Field, Barriers & Weights
|#||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||LORNE DANCER||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||9||59||105|
|2||ONCE WERE WILD||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||15||58.5||108|
|3||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||2||58||103|
|4||ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE)||Lee Freedman||Corey Brown||5||56.5||100|
|5||BID SPOTTER||Graeme Rogerson||Michael Rodd||14||54.5||96|
|6||SOLID BILLING||Craig Ritchie||–||7||54.5||96|
|7||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||4||54||95|
|8||STRIKE ONE (GB)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||6||54||95|
|9||TABULATE||Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||10||53||93|
|10||IRONSTEIN||Gerald Ryan||Christian Reith||3||53||88|
|11||STAND TO GAIN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||11||53||84|
|12||SANDBERG||Guy Walter||Kathy O’Hara||1||53||76|
|13||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||Craig Williams||13||53||73|
|14||MR PONZI (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Tim Clark||8||53||73|
|15e||THE PATRIOT||Luke Price||Josh Adams (a)||12||53||67|