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Bookmakers will have some futures market reshuffling to do after beaten Randwick Guineas favourite Manawanui has been ruled out of the remainder of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival 2012.
Winner of the Golden Rose last spring, Oratorio three-year-old Manawanui had three runs for three official losses this autumn, the gelding starting the punters’ pick in all three.
First up he finished just a long neck away second to Hot Snitzel in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm before he crossed the line first in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on March 3.
The Hobartville Stakes victory was taken off Manawanui, however, and they were regulated to second behind Wild And Proud upon protest.
Last start Manawanui was backed to bounce back and post a second elite level victory but they only managed to finish one and a half lengths away fifth by the brilliant filly Mosheen in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 17.
Originally Leemon was setting Manawanui towards the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 21, but those plans have now been shelved with the galloper to head straight to the paddock.
Early 2012 Doncaster Mile odds at bookmaker.com.au, led by Mosheen ($7.50), had Manawanui rated an $11 chance.
No harm has come to Manawanui, but having extended himself fully in his three runs back the young horse is feeling the effects and Leemon has decided not to tax them further and save them for a spring comeback.
“He is a top liner and if he had another hard run like that it could wreck him mentally and physically and I thought it just wasn’t worth the risk,” Leemon said.
“If you look at his runs, he has had three hard runs.
“On Saturday (in the Randwick Guineas) his run was extremely hard, he (Tommy Berry) made a lot of use of the horse early.
“He took off before the turn and I just think it took too much out of him.”
Manawanui will be bought back for the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals where the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October will be his long-term aim.
“Long term I am interested in the Spring Carnival,” Leemon said.
“I would like to give him a really good spell and if I continue on he would have two or three weeks less in the paddock than I would like.
“Since last year his goal has always been the Cox Plate.
“We’ll start off here in Sydney and then probably have one or two runs in Melbourne before the Cox Plate.
“I don’t want to go down there with a flat horse or a horse which has been partly burnt out.”
To date Manawanui has won six of his 12 career starts for $1,357,580 in prize money, including a victory over the Cox Plate track and distance in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day last year.
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