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Danny O’Brien’s smart local galloper At The Heads scored their debut black-type triumph at Flemington on Saturday running away to take out the 2012 Chester Manifold Stakes.
Backing up from a close fifth to Let’s Be Happy at the track less than a fortnight ago, Hussonet five-year-old At The Heads ($10) showed good improvement to beat home the previously undefeated Peter Snowden-trained three-year-old Pied A Terre ($2.35F) by one and three quarter lengths in the $150,000 Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m).
Clinton McDonald’s Second Effort ($9.50) ran a brave third only a neck further away while Peter Moody’s mare There’s Only One ($7), who was shooting for their sixth consecutive win, crossed in fourth just a nose ahead of their stablemate Shout Out Loud.
At The Heads has now won five of their 19 career starts to date earning $305,725 in prize money for connections, Saturday’s winning jockey James Winks very happy with the ride.
“He gave me a lovely ride,” Winks said.
“He bounced and he just idled nice.
“He got to the front and actually switched off but he got a little bit of a whiff that they were coming and he kicked in again and hit the line good.”
The horse’s only other stakes assignment to date was in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley back in February 2010, a race At The Heads managed to finish a brave two lengths away fourth to Linton in.
After their strong performance in the Chester Manifold Stakes 2012, they could be given a shot at Group level again during the upcoming autumn carnivals.
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2012 Chester Manifold Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 6 – 14/01/2012
|1||11||AT THE HEADS (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||–||7||54.5kg||$10|
|2||12||PIED A TERRE||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||1.75L||10||54.5kg||$2.35F|
|3||6||SECOND EFFORT||Clinton McDonald||Danny Nikolic||1.95L||1||57.5kg||$9.50|
|4||10||THERE’S ONLY ONE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2.05L||9||54.5kg||$7|
|5||4||SHOUT OUT LOUD||Peter G Moody||Dwayne Dunn||2.15L||4||58.5kg||$31|
|6||8||BY THE WAY||Mark Lewis||Jason Benbow||2.55L||5||56kg||$10|
|7||13||SEDUCED||Michael Kent||Dean Yendall||2.65L||2||54.5kg||$41|
|8||2||MR MAKE BELIEVE||Peter G Moody||Michael Walker||4.65L||8||59kg||$15|
|9||3||SHADOWFAX (NZ)||Mark Kavanagh||Damien Oliver||4.85L||6||59kg||$10|
|10||1||DANZYLUM||Robbie Griffiths||Steven King||7.85L||3||60kg||$26|
|–||7||LET’S BE HAPPY||Mick Clark||Chris Symons||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||BIG SLICK||Dennis O’Leary||Steven Arnold||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||ECHOES OF HEAVEN||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||–||0||–||–|
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