The South Australian Derby 2015 in Adelaide this coming May could turn out to be the long term goal for the promising Nigel Blackiston-trained gelding Manapine who won at Ballarat on Thursday.
The Manhattan Rain three-year-old broke his maiden status at career start number two with an excellent three and a quarter length victory over the Russell Cameron-trained The Thug ($26) and race favourite Quarry Rock ($2.50) in the $17,5000 Evergreen Turf Maiden Plate (1400m).
Dwayne Dunn was aboard for the ride with Manapine displaying a scintillating late burst when powering down the centre of the track in his barnstorming win to impress his hoop.
“Coming off the back of them with a nice tow in three-wide, he really hit the line solid,” Dunn, who won the race before aboard the Team Hawkes-trained Karigara, said post-win.
That followed on from his second on debut over 1426m at Sale in August last year and has the Flemington-based Blackiston confident of a good autumn to come from the young gun.
“He’s a very nice horse,” Blackiston told Racing Victoria.
“He ran a nice race first-up, we gave him time out and he’s come back bigger and stronger.”
A $200,000 buy at the 2013 William Inglis and Son Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the Arrowfield Stud-owned Manapine looks to be living up to his expensive purchase price from two years ago.
According to Blackiston, the blueblood could shape up to be a nice type for the $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on May 9 during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.
“I think he could possibly measure up to the South Australian Derby, if not something a bit better,” he said.
Connections also made an early entry for him in the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7 as well as nominating him for the $2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick a month later during Sydney’s The Championships.
Futures Australian Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have Manapine listed as a $101 roughie shot while in the Australian Derby betting markets he is half that price paying $51 for the mile and a half classic.
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