Chester Manifold Stakes Field & Preview 2012

Flemington Racecourse will host its latest summer stakes race this Saturday with the 2012 Chester Manifold Stakes, a quality final field of 13 engaged for the middle-distance galloper.

Danzylum

Danzylum will vie for his third straight win in the Chester Manifold Stakes at Flemington this Saturday

Scheduled as Flemington Race 6 on Saturday at 3:55pm (VIC time), the $150,000 Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) will be a chance for Peter Snowden’s undefeated three-year-old Pied A Terre to extend their career record to four-from-four.

In an early blow for the Ad Valorem gelding, however, Pied A Terre has come up with the ‘visitor’s draw’, jockey Mark Zahra to ride them from gate 13 of 13.

Still camp Snowden is keeping their hopes up after Pied A Terre showed their class first-up on New Year’s Eve when winning the Sportingbet Premium Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley by one and a half lengths over Smokin’ Joey with 57kg; they drop to 54.5kg on Saturday.

Saturday will be the youngster’s first time against an open-age field, but stable foreman Paul Snowden believes Pied A Terre is deserving of the assignment.

“I think he deserves a chance in this,” Snowden said.

“It’s early January and the strength of the main horses isn’t there yet so it’s a perfect time to tackle this grade of horse.

“If he didn’t win as well as he did first-up he was going to be running in the three-year-old race on Saturday (the Elms Handicap).

“It was either way but I think he deserves a crack.

“If he can overcome it (the wide barrier) he’s good enough (to win).”

Another in-form galloper that has an awkward double-digit gate for the Chester Manifold this year is Peter Moody’s There’s Only One who will vie for their sixth consecutive victory from barrier 12 with Luke Nolen aboard.

A four-year-old daughter of Testa Rossa, There’s Only One is as yet untested in black-type company, but she has form over the distance and track and is not out of it.

Moody will also be represented in the Chester Manifold Stakes field this year by Commands five-year-old Mr Make Believe who is second-up after running sixth to Zedi Knight in the Listed Xmas Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Boxing Day and Xmas Stakes failure Shout Out Loud.

Horses that fared better in the Chester Manifold Stakes barrier draw include 60kg topweight Danzylum (barrier five) who is seeks an unprecedented third straight victory in the feature, Clinton McDonald’s Second Effort (barrier two) who comes off a close fourth beaten less than a half-length by winner Chasm in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last weekend, and Horsham mare Let’s Be Happy who won over the track and distance on January 2.

See below for the full 2012 Chester Manifold Stakes field, barriers, weights and jockeys.

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2012 Chester Manifold Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 6 – 14/01/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 8X036900X8 DANZYLUM Robbie Griffiths Steven King 5 60kg 99
2 21211116X6 MR MAKE BELIEVE Peter G Moody Michael Walker 10 59kg 97
3 2X4110X420 SHADOWFAX (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Damien Oliver 8 59kg 97
4 131X2081XP SHOUT OUT LOUD Peter G Moody Dwayne Dunn 6 58.5kg 96
5 214X5X83X1 BIG SLICK Dennis O’Leary Steven Arnold 11 58kg 95
6 7311117X54 SECOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Danny Nikolic 2 57.5kg 94
7 8210111121 LET’S BE HAPPY Mick Clark Chris Symons 1 56.5kg 96
8 664250X012 BY THE WAY Mark Lewis Jason Benbow 7 56kg 91
9 45X141325X ECHOES OF HEAVEN Mick Price Craig Newitt 3 55kg 89
10 44X21111X1 THERE’S ONLY ONE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 54.5kg 89
11 3626X79X25 AT THE HEADS (NZ) Danny O’Brien James Winks 9 54.5kg 87
12 11X1 PIED A TERRE Peter Snowden Mark Zahra 13 54.5kg 84
13 13442230X5 SEDUCED Michael Kent Dean Yendall 4 54.5kg 77