Manning reaches milestone at Te Aroha

Enjoy The Ride (Alysha Collett) drawing clear of the opposition to record a milestone for Ralph Manning. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Enjoy The Ride (Alysha Collett) drawing clear of the opposition to record a milestone for Ralph Manning. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Ralph Manning celebrated a personal milestone when Enjoy The Ride scored a decisive win at Te Aroha yesterday.

The win was Manning’s 500th training success with 496 of the successes being in New Zealand and the other four in Australia.

“It’s pretty special,” said Manning after watching Alysha Collett return to scale aboard the lightly tried three-year-old filly.

The first of Manning’s four Australian wins came with Rainbow Myth in the 1990 Queensland St Leger and the next was 10 years later when Arduous won a mares’ event at Caulfield.

Manning’s other two Australian victories have been with Magnetism and Seachange, both high-class performers for owner Dick Karreman, of The Oaks Stud. Magnetism won the 2005 Listed Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick and Seachange captured the Gr. 3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield in February 2007.

Seachange has been the undoubted headline act in Manning’s training career, winning 14 races with seven of them being Group One events, and though the talented horseman doesn’t have a star shining as brightly for him now he does have some handy types in his stable.

Enjoy The Ride, a Shinko King filly, has shown promise with two wins from five starts, the maiden victory being at Te Awamutu last month. Between times she failed at Matamata and Manning and her owner-breeders Tom and Jenny Hobson weren’t surprised to see her bounce back yesterday.

“Ralph has always rated her,” said Tom Hobson. “I don’t know what went wrong at Matamata, but it was good to see her win again like that.”

Enjoy The Ride scored by a length and three-quarters and the Hobsons were unlucky not to land the quinella in the event as their other charge, Bachata, copped a rocky run when finishing fourth for trainers Keith and Brendan Hawtin.

Manning has had 13 wins this season and it’s his stakeswinner Pump Up The Volume who will represent him at Ellerslie on Saturday. A last-start winner of the Gr. 3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup, Pump Up The Volume will contest the Active Electrical Suppliers Cornwall Handicap with Leith Innes taking over the ride from the suspended Danielle Johnson.

Pump Up The Volume will face just six opponents in the Cornwall Handicap, including three others from the Cambridge centre, namely Storming The Tower, Gesemi and Te Kingi.

“We’ll go the same path as last year with him,” said Manning. “After this one he’ll go to Tauranga for the Kiwifruit Cup.”

Pump Up The Volume finished a close second to Indikator in last year’s Rotorua Cup, then ran fifth to Bragato in the Cornwall Handicap before just being beaten by Intransigent in the Kiwifuit Cup. He then rounded his last winter campaign off with a fourth to stablemate Wanabefamous in the Taumarunui Gold Cup.