Manning firing up with the ladies

Alysha Collett returning to scale on Houghton after a last-stride win at Te Teko.

Alysha Collett returning to scale on Houghton after a last-stride win at Te Teko.

Cambridge trainer Ralph Manning will be hoping to keep up his good strike rates with the ladies this weekend.

Female jockeys riding his horses is what I’m talking about.

Manning won the final race at Te Teko yesterday with Houghton, who was ridden by Alysa Collett, then female apprentice and jumps jockey Emily Farr won the last event at Wanganui today on the Manning-trained In A Minute.

Manning’s attention will now switch to two meetings over the weekend and in both cases he has engaged female jockeys.

Premiership leader Lisa Allpress will ride Pump Up The Volume and Tranky Doo for Manning at Awapuni on Saturday and a day later at Te Aroha Manning’s trackwork rider, Emma Byllemos, will have her first raceday ride aboard stable charge Reeperbahn in the amateur riders’ race.

Collett has won 10 races for Manning and it was with a last-stride bid down the outside that she got Houghton home in the New World Whakatane 1600 to beat Remind Me Again.

Manning also shares in the ownership of Houghton, a three-year-old son of Haradasun who had shown much promise in previous outings.

Successful in two of his three trials with Collett aboard, Houghton was third on debut at Avondale, again with the Pukekohe jockey in the saddle, and the same combination followed up with a fourth at Te Awamutu before breaking through for yesterday’s maiden win.

Manning is also part of the four-person syndicate which races In A Minute, with his parents Bob and Kathleen Manning. In A Minute has now won three of his 16 starts and hinted today’s win was on the cards when second at Awapuni in the lead-up.

Tranky Doo will be the first cab off the rank at Awapuni for Manning and promises to be a top prospect in the Cheltenham With Wheels Handicap after winning two of his three starts this campaign. He was eye-catching ploughing through the mud at Ellerslie last start for stable apprentice Zy Nor Azman.

Allpress has won a dozen races for Manning and will be having her first ride on Pump Up The Volume, whose recent racing should have him near his peak for Saturday’s Nelson Pine Handicap. Last winter he won the Rotorua Cup before being placed in both the Cornwall Handicap at Ellerslie and the Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga.

Though Byllemos will be making her raceday debut on Reeperbahn, she is no stranger to the Dubawi six-year-old and not only in trackwork. She rode Reeperbahn, a hurdles winner, into second behind stablemate Hold The Dream over 2000 metres in a jumpers flat heat at the recent Te Awamutu trials.