Farewell to a NZ Cup winner

Pump Up The Volume, pictured winning the Feilding Gold Cup , will be attempting to give Ralph Manning his third win in the NZ Cup.

Pump Up The Volume, pictured winning the Feilding Gold Cup, will be attempting to give Ralph Manning his third win in the NZ Cup on Saturday.

In Ralph Manning’s countdown to his bid on a third New Zealand Cup win, the Cambridge horseman received news of the death of one of his winners of the Riccarton 3200-metre feature.

Laud Peregine, a son of Laud Eulogy who credited Manning with his second New Zealand Cup in 1997, had to be put down just under a fortnight ago.

“The poor old boy went blind in the end,” said Greg Oldbury, who part-owned Laud Peregrine.

“He was 24 years old and had a good innings, but it was sad to see him go.

“He gave us a few big thrills. I’ll never forget the day he won the New Zealand Cup. That was a big day for us.”

Laud Peregrine beat I’m Excited in the NZ Cup 19 years ago when ridden by Lee Rutherford (now Tiley), who was also aboard in two of his other six wins.

Three years after that NZ Cup victory Laud Peregrine picked up the Gr.3 Rotorua Cup in the hands of Linda Ballantyne.

Nine years before Laud Peregrine’s big Riccarton win, Manning won the NZ Cup with Oak Vue after having his trainers license for just two seasons.

Now 30 years since Oak Vue’s memorable win, Manning has a good opportunity to again pick up the NZ Cup this weekend.

Pump Up The Volume, an eight-year-old Savabeel gelding he also part-owns, rates a top chance on Saturday after his last-start win in the Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup.