Peter Moody-trained pair Manighar and Lights Of Heaven head into to Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 2012 Doomben Cup (2000m) with form and good preparation behind them.
Fresh off a a highly successful autumn campaign, French gelding Manighar is currently a short-priced $2.20 bookmaker.com.au favourite to add another Group 1 title to his impressive resume.
The star import produced a Group 1 treble earlier this year in the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes and the BMW before running second to More Joyous in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Moody has allayed fears that the six-year-old may have not had enough rest, saying he had been enjoying the Queensland weather for the past three weeks and would head into the Doomben Cup in similar shape to the horse that proved one of the stars of the autumn carnival.
Regular jockey Luke Nolen missed the Queen Elizabeth Stakes when in Adelaide on Black Caviar duty but returns to ride Manighar from the inside barrier this Saturday.
Despite being on board the short-priced favourite, Nolen is cautious of his rivals and believes Lights Of Heaven is one of the major threats.
“His stable mate is a good horse. Her run in the Hollindale Stakes was very good,” Nolen said.
Lights Of Heaven produced an excellent run when second by a head in the Hollindale Stakes on a wet track and is likely to improve on top of the ground on an expected dry track at Doomben.
The Zabeel four-year-old has a solid record of four wins from 11 starts and will be ridden by experienced jockey Damien Oliver from a favourable barrier six position.
Also set to run in the Saturday feature race is New Zealand mare Shez Sinsational who has drawn poorly in barrier 11 but is chasing a fourth consecutive victory.
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