German import Mawingo has overcome a protest to score an upset victory over heavily-backed favourite Manighar in the Group 1 $500,000 2012 Doomben Cup (2000m) today.
Three-time Group 1 winner Manighar was backed into $1.70 prior to the race but it was the Anthony Freedman-trained $10.00 chance that was far too strong at the business end of the race, finishing half a length in front of Lights Of Heaven and the favourite.
Manighar’s trainer Peter Moody lodged a protest after the race, saying that Mawingo’s jockey Nash Rawiller interfered with Manighar’s run as they passed the first post.
“Rawiller took my horse’s rightful running and then enabled his horse to get the gun run,” Moody said.
Racing Queensland chief steward Wade Birch said given the incident occurred 1700 metres from the finish line the stewards could not be satisfied that had the interference not occurred Manighar would have beaten Mawingo.
It was just the third start on Australian soil for the promising Mawingo who improved remarkably on a dry Doomben track after running third in a wet Hollindale Stakes last start.
It was the first Group 1 win for trainer Freedman who up until today was not sure whether Mawingo was a genuine contender under weight-for-age conditions.
“I don’t think you really know with these horses until you get training them,” Freedman said.
“I wasn’t convinced he was a weight-for-age horse but he’s done a good job today.”
Since joining Freedman’s stables Mawingo has won two of three starts but is now likely to be spelled until the spring which could potentially see a titlt at the Melbourne Cup.
“I’m inclined to probably give him a break now and concentrate on the spring.”
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