Affirmation Kicks Off Autumn in 2015 Manfred Stakes

January 16, 2015

Affirmation Kicks Off Autumn in 2015 Manfred Stakes

While the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) is the “sky high” target for Affirmation during the autumn, the gelding will resume at Sandown Racecourse with the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1400m) on January 26. This means he could have dual autumn carnivals in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Affirmation will resume in the Manfred Stakes at Sandown on January 26.

Affirmation will resume in the Manfred Stakes at Sandown on January 26. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Tony McEvoy-trained gelding won two of his three starts last year but has not been seen on the track in six months.

Affirmation debuted in the Inglis Classic (1200m) at Royal Randwick last January, finishing six lengths behind winner Peggy Jean in fifth place before travelling to Adelaide and Melbourne to win his maiden as well as the Frankston Handicap (1400m), which he won three lengths clear of Club Star.

“He could almost be unbeaten,” McEvoy told TVN.

“Nash Rawiller rode him on debut and said he should have just about won.

“He was very unlucky after being slowly away.

“He is a progressive horse and I still think his coat isn’t quite there yet.

“There is good improvement to come from him, we gave him a soft trial at Hawkesbury and today was much more of a solid test.”

The gelding went out on a barrier trial at Randwick on Thursday morning, finding the line strongly back along the inside rail in a hotly contested heat with Sarajevo.

McEvoy plans to run Affirmation in Melbourne first-up but the gelding could return to Sydney if his form holds up for the 2015 Randwick Guineas via the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 21.

The trainer favours the 1400 metre distance of the 2015 Manfred Stakes for Affirmation, who would have to be kept to 1000-1200 metres in Sydney first-up.

“At this stage the plan is to go to Melbourne and run in the Manfred Stakes at Sandown on Australia Day,” McEvoy said.

“I feel he would probably get run off his legs if I kept him in Sydney and ran first-up in a 1000m or 1200m race, I just don’t want to do that to him early in the campaign.

“Going to Sandown on a bigger track over 1300m should be much more to his liking, there is a big straight and it will be a nice starting point for him.

“If his form warrants it, then we could come back to Sydney and run in the Hobartville Stakes and then Randwick Guineas.

“The Guineas is the sky high target, there is a long way before we get there but his preparation will allow it if he proves he is good enough.”

The 2015 autumn racing carnival is heating up, with all the top horses returning to work. Open your online betting account to get started early and you’ll receive a bonus match worth up to $250 on your first bet. Just quote code: BETBONUS.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

McDonald to team up with Care ...

Santa Ana Lane to chase Stradb...

Santa Ana Lane to chase Stradbroke Handicap after 2018 Goodwood win

The Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane has earned a start in the 2018...

2018 Doomben Cup winner Comin&...

2018 Doomben Cup winner Comin’ Through beats stablemate Egg Tart

The Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through claimed his first Group 1 victory when...

Leicester Top 2018 SA Derby Ti...

Leicester Top 2018 SA Derby Tip for Weir to Make History

Victoria’s leading horseman Darren Weir is out to emulate the late, great Bart...

A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2018 Be...

A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2018 Betting update: Comin’ Through the solid pick

The Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through remains the firm favourite for the...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field