Foote is Brough’s “Man Of Power”

Mannie's Power and Emily Farr rocking punters when giving sire Man Of Power his first win.

Mannie’s Power and Emily Farr rocking punters when giving sire Man Of Power his first win.

Ask Huntly breeder and studmaster Barbara Brough to name her current favourite trainer and it is odds-on Cambridge horseman Ben Foote is the top of the list.

Brough had cause for celebration after yesterday’s Matamata meeting when Foote saddled up Mannie’s Power, a four-year-old mare she bred, to score an upset win in the Barclays Engravers 1200 and credit sire Man Of Power with his first success.

Man Of Power stands at Brough’s Riverlea Lodge and Mannie’s Power is one of just five starters he has had. Motuman became Man Of Power’s first placegetter when a runner-up at Tauranga last July and last Sunday Beethoven picked up a third on debut at Winton for the well-bred but little-known sire.

Man Of Power is a son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice from the top-class mare Mannerism, the winner of four Group Ones including the Australasian Oaks and Caulfield Cup. He was relatively lightly tried, but did win on debut at Ruakaka for trainer Stephen McKee.

Mannie’s Power is raced by a four-person syndicate and each one of them wouldn’t have had to put many dollars on her yesterday to gather a handsome return.

Mannie’s Power won at odds of 55/1 and, though she shocked punters, apprentice rider Emily Farr wasn’t surprised by the win.

“I rode her in her trial at Te Awamutu (last month) and ride her a bit in trackwork, too,” said Farr. “I thought she could go all right. In her trial Ben wanted me to hunt her up and get her up there and she went well.”

Mannie’s Power had also been runner-up in a trial 12 months ago, but had finished near the tail of the field in her three raceday starts last season.

Punters obviously overlooked her recent trials effort and wrote her off from her outside draw, but the “shake-up” she had last month brought out her competitive side in the 1200-metre event.

“When Emily came out to get on her I said seeing as she’s drawn the outside maybe sitting back and dropping her out and letting her run home would be the way to go,” said Foote. “But then, after the way she looked at me, I said there’s Plan B, jump and go forward.”

Farr quickly adopted Plan B when Mannie’s Power bounded from the barrier to lead and the four-year-old mare never looked like stopping.

“She settled in front, I gave her a breather, and kicked off the corner,” said Farr. “She won well.”