New Zealand horse Precedence will be out to end a 17 month winless drought when he starts as favourite in the Listed 2012 NE Manion Cup (2400m) at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
The $100,000 stayer’s event gives a quality field of 12 horses a chance to push their claims for a Sydney Cup berth and the Bart Cummings trained gelding currently sits at $3.80 at the top of the betting market.
A Group 2 winning horse, the six-year-old had a horror run in 2011 but looked as though he may have turned the corner earlier this month when he ran fourth behind some high-class horses in the Australian Cup.
British gelding Permit is next best in the betting ($5.00) and he will be out to build on a promising 2012 campaign which includes a third-place effort in the Randwick City Stakes last start.
He will have high profile Sydney rider Hugh Bowman in the saddle but will have his work cut out coming from the widest barrier in the field (12).
The ever improving Herculian Prince, another New Zealand gelding, is at $6.00 and has signalled plenty of potential in his 2012 campaign.
Trained by Gai Waterhouse, the six-year-old finished fifth in the competitive Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes before producing a runner-up effort in the Randwick City Stakes on March 17.
Another Waterhouse trained horse, Older Than Time, joins Herculian prince at $6.00 in the betting market and the five-year-old mare has also been in good form.
She finished third in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes on a heavy track before again running third in the Listed Aspiration Quality at Randwick two weeks ago.
Canberra Cup third place getter Coliseo ($11.00) will continue his push to become a metropolitan runner after finishing a respectable fifth in his first race in Sydney in the Randwick City Stakes.
Other horses set to run in the 2012 NE Manion Cup include Kinnersley ($8.50), Nextanix ($19.00) and Jimmy Fortunes ($26.00).
The NE Manion cup sits as the eighth race on a bumper Rosehill card this Saturday which is highlighted by the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas.
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