The year’s opening Group 2 race is next on the agenda for Doug Harrison’s impressive Chester Manifold Stakes winner over the weekend with Tudor to target the 2016 Australia Stakes next Saturday.
In a bold front-running ride by jockey Darren Gauci, Cranbourne-based Strategic four-year-old Tudor was spot on for his all-the-way win in Saturday’s $120,000 Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington Racecourse.
It was the stallion’s third career win at start number 23 and his first since September of 2014 breaking a lengthy winning drought for the Group 1 performer.
Tudor caught the eye last May in Adelaide when runner-up to Nicoscene in the Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.
His then ran eighth behind Flamberge in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) when beaten 3.2 lengths as a $101 roughie from the outside barrier 17 draw.
Improving on his earlier summer form including a ninth on Boxing Day at Caulfield in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m), Tudor’s Chester Manifold Stakes success over Tried And Tired has him on track for a step back up in class but down in distance.
On the line Tudor ($14), who enjoyed a gun run up front after a good jump from gate three, had a half-length to spare over the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained favourite Tried And Tired ($3.80) while Kylie Vella’s flying six-year-old Zupacharged ($4.80) finished a further length away in third.
“He gave a good kick on the turn and was strong to the line,” Gauci said post-win.
“It’s good to see him back in form.”
Harrison named the $200,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on January 23 as the next assignment for Tudor who he hopes can keep on firing on the quick back-up and improve on his fifth to Mourinho in the same race last season.
“We’ll see what takes place,” Harrison told AAP.
“He ran in it last year as a three-year-old and got buffeted around by Mourinho and then he came out and ran second to It Is Written in a Listed race.
“He just wants that little bit of luck to go with him.”
Harrison believes much of the improvement in Saturday’s race was due to the removal of blinkers on the advice of Gauci.
“He’s a lovely horse to do anything with,” Harrison said of Tudor, a winner of $370,675 in prize money to date.
“He’s still a stallion but if you get horses like him, it makes training a delight.”
Looking to further boost his future value at stud, Harrison hopes to get Tudor back into Group 1 company chasing a coveted elite level win possibly in this year’s The Goodwood back in South Australia.
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2016 Chester Manifold Stakes Results
Flemington Race 7 – 16/01/2016
|1||9||TUDOR||Doug Harrison||Darren Gauci||–||2||54kg||$14|
|2||2||TRIED AND TIRED||Leon & Troy Corstens||Mark Zahra||0.5L||8||58.5kg||$3.80F|
|3||8||ZUPACHARGED||Kylie Vella||Harry Coffey (a)||1.5L||5||54kg||$4.80|
|4||1||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Damien Oliver||2.5L||7||59kg||$8|
|5||6||NOELA’S CHOICE||Peter G Moody||Regan Bayliss (a)||2.8L||4||54kg||$10|
|6||3||DECIRCLES||Danny O’Brien||Nicholas Hall||3L||6||55.5kg||$31|
|7||5||GENERAL GROOVE||Leon & Troy Corstens||Dwayne Dunn||3.1L||3||55kg||$8|
|8||7||SARAJEVO||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||4.35L||9||54kg||$5.50|
|9||4||KAREEMING||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||7.1L||1||55.5kg||$101|