Triple Group 1 winner Manighar will be given the chance to redeem a his first-up Chipping Norton Stakes failure in the Group 1 2013 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday week.
The Peter Moody-trained gelding was never in the hunt in the Chipping Norton at Warwick Farm on Saturday, beating just one horse home in the 12-horse field.
While Moody wouldn’t have had the seven-year-old at peak fitness for the hit-out, it is a worrying sign as he has finished first and second at his past two fresh runs.
OTI’s Terry Henderson, who race the former French galloper, told Racing Victoria the performance was a “bit lacklustre” but is confident he will take improvement out of the race.
“It would have been nice to see him pick the bit up and at least follow Shoot Out to the line,” Henderson said.
“But he’ll take a lot of benefit from the race and go into the Ranvet a far more competitive horse.”
Henderson said Manighar will have to show “a lot more” if he is to press on to the $2.25 million 2013 BMW next month.
Both the Ranvet Stakes and BMW formed part of Manighar’s Group 1 treble last autumn along with the Australian Cup in Melbourne.
Injury cut short his spring campaign where he managed a runner-up finish in the Makybe Diva Stakes and a sixth in the Underwood Stakes.
Also heading to the Ranvet for OTI is Gatewood who also performed below expectations when sixth in the Chipping Norton.
The Chris Waller-trained entire is in his second Australian campaign after winning the Geelong Cup under former trainer John Gosden in the spring.
Gatewood is $12 in the BMW market while Manighar is at $14.
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