Last year’s winning trainer Chris Waller returns with a three-pronged attack on the NE Manion Cup 2016 field on Golden Slipper Stakes Day this weekend in Sydney.
Twelve months ago Waller took out the $150,000 Group 3 Irresistible Pools & Spa N E Manion Cup (2400m), running on Saturday as Rosehill Gardens Race 2 at 1:15pm (AEDT), with Permit (2015).
He is back with three hopes in the NE Manion Cup field this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival including last start Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) winner Libran.
The imported Lawman five-year-old improved on a Parramatta Cup fourth to take out the Randwick black-type on March 5 and goes up to the mile and a half on Saturday shooting for his third win from four starts over the distance.
Jockey Brenton Avdulla retains the ride, Libran drawn in barrier one and rising from 54kg last time out to 56kg in Saturday’s handicap clash.
Waller has also accepted for the 59kg top weight Beyond Thankful in barrier four for Hugh Bowman and 54kg lightweight hope Another Cocktail jumping from one wider in gate five.
It has been a while between drinks for Whipper six-year-old Beyond Thankful whose last victory was in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) last September carrying 58kg.
He was a well beaten eighth when beating just one home for a distant finish behind Libran in the Randwick City Stakes last time out, and has won just one of his 10 previous Rosehill assignments.
Another Cocktail is another six-year-old, the son of Dalakhani up in class after a fourth to Ghost Protocol in a Benchmark 85 over 1900m at Rosehill on last weekend.
He is on the quick back-up but should handle the distance having been defeated only one and a half lengths, and drops from 56.5kg to the minimum on Saturday.
Following Beyond Thankful in the NE Manion Cup weights this season are the John Thompson-trained Auvray (58.5kg) and Gallante (57kg) for Robert Hickmott drawn in the outside barriers nine and eight respectively.
Le Harve gelding Auvray won back-to-back races in Group company in France last campaign before his eye-catching fourth as a $31 outsider on debut down under in the Randwick City Stakes.
The French import has winning form up to 3000m and is two-from-four over Saturday’s distance, which he sees with the same kilos he carried first-up a fortnight back.
The Lloyd Williams-raced Gallante is also an imported stayer, the Montjeu five-year-old out to atone for an 11th in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) in mid-February at Caulfield.
Other notable hopes include David Vandyke’s Randwick City Stakes third placegetter Maurus who has a top Rosehill record (3-1-2-0) and the Gai Waterhouse-trained four-year-old Dee I Cee who ran fourth to subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan in the 2015 NZ Derby.
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2016 NE Manion Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 2 (1:15pm) – 19/03/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||114110×588||BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||59kg||103|
|2||11150311×4||AUVRAY (FR)||John P Thompson||Tye Angland||9||58.5kg||102|
|3||6x0x0069x0||GALLANTE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||James McDonald||8||57kg||99|
|4||74x1x6x341||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||1||56kg||97|
|5||3x300x93x0||DO YOU REMEMBER (SAF)||Peter G Moody||TBA||6||54.5kg||98|
|6||7x8x900x77||CAFE SOCIETY (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||2||54.5kg||94|
|7||221x120x23||MAURUS (GB)||David Vandyke||Craig Williams||7||54kg||92|
|8||0x62x34434||ANOTHER COCKTAIL (GB)||Chris Waller||TBA||5||54kg||76|
|9||211246×32||DEE I CEE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||3||54kg||74|