Cambridge Trainer Ralph Manning posted an extraordinary result at Ruakaka this week

Cambridge trainer Ralph Manning posted an extraordinary result at Ruakaka this week when he made two go into one.
He lined up Cachucha and Civics Rock in the Rating 75 sprint and they crossed the line locked together.
“I couldn’t be happier — a dead-heat would be the perfect result though,” Manning had said after the judge had signalled a close call, but had named Civics Rock first. After further deliberation the trainer’s dream came true and a dead-heat was announced.
Cachucha turned in a game performance after making all the running and a shared victory preserved his unbeaten record for the season. “He hadn’t raced for a year before his last start after he had chips on both knees,” Manning said.
The four-year-old is by Captain Rio and is out of the Senor Pete mare Merengue, who won six times from Manning’s yard. “The mother was a good mare, but she bowed a tendon,” he said.
Manning also has a high opinion of Civics Rock, a colt he shares in the ownership of. “He’s not very big, but he’s a very good galloper,” he said.
The three-year-old is the third winner from the oldest crop of the Danehill stallion Civics, a dual winner in Australia, who stands at the Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge.
Civics Rock has put together the smart record of four wins and three placings from his 12 starts and was also a commendable sixth behind Burgundy in the Listed Mr Tiz Trophy at Ellerslie.
Meanwhile, the Cambridge stable of Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue also enjoyed a successful day at Ruakaka with a winning double courtesy of the lightly-tried Camelon and juvenile Sacred Falls.
Co-bred and part-owned by Windsor Park Stud, Camelon is a daughter of resident stallion Falkirk and the Irish-bred Fairy King mare Guinevere, who is a half-sister to the Gr 1 Hong Kong Cup winner Eagle Mountain.
O’Reilly colt Sacred Falls, who had beaten Shaune Ritchie’s subsequent race winner and stakes performer Saturn Rock in his trial win, also looks to have a bright future after victory at the first time of asking.
A $160,000 yearling raced by Raffles Dancers, he is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Iguazu’s Girl who is a half-sister to the Gr 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes winner Splashing Out.
It is the same family as Sacred Falls’ stablemate Aspinal, who is an acceptor in the open sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday.
“She (Aspinal) will probably have this start and then have a short spell as she’ll be going to stud next season so we’ll get her back early and try to pick up another one with her before Christmas,” Pike said.