Mansour proves it doable for Hawtin camp

Donavan Mansour getting the best out of It’s Doable on the inside to just beat Kinshasa in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 1400 at Rotorua yesterday.

Cambridge trainer Brendon Hawtin should be shouting former South African jockey Donavan Mansour a few drinks after his win on It’s Doable at Rotorua yesterday.

It’s Doable and Mansour got in the deciding stride to see the filly clear maiden ranks in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 1400, beating Kinshasa by a mere nose in a thrilling two-horse war over the last 100m.

Hawtin not only trains It’s Doable, but is also a partner in racing the three-year-old Zoffany filly with the group also including his father, Keith (a former premiership-winning co-trainer).

It’s Doable had been runner-up on debut to the promising Contrary Mary at Pukekohe last October then finished fifth and sixth in her other two starts and certainly picked a good race to break through as she landed the $11,500 NZB Pearl Series bonus to go with her first prizemoney of $6250.

The camp had also chased a Pearl Series bonus at Tauranga last month, but It’s Doable had a tough run being trapped wide from her outside draw throughout and finishing five and a half lengths off the winner, Yamuna.

But Mansour climbed aboard and got the best out of It’s Doable just when it counted yesterday.

After settling her midfield, he improved her approaching the home turn and had her up challenging with 200m to run.

Kinshasa, in the hands of Sam Collett, looked to have the race won within the shadows of the winning post, but Mansour pushed It’s Doable out to get the ultimate result.

It was Mansour’s first ride for Hawtin and judging by the win it certainly won’t be his last.

Mansour has now ridden four winners since coming to New Zealand to ride for Team Rogerson last August.

It’s Doable’s close relative Naturalism, pictured beating NZ Racing Hall of Famer Veandercross in the 1992 Gr.1 AJC Derby. Veandercross and Naturalism had many memorable battles with “Vandy”coming out on top in the Gr.1 Canterbury Guineas and Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes.

The 34-year-old actually launched his riding career when spending one year with Lance Noble, who was then training in Matamata. He had one ride during that 2007-08 season before returning to South Africa and has now ridden almost 400 winners.

He spent three years in Mauritius and was champion jockey there in 2016 and rode 20 winners in Zimbabwe and the rest in South Africa. Those South African wins include a couple of Group Two’s and three Group Three victories.

Mansour notched his first New Zealand win aboard the Rogerson-trained Party At Paroa at Pukekohe on August 10.

The win on It’s Doable has added value to the well-bred daughter of Zoffany and Star Of Broadway.

She became the eighth winner of Star Of Broadway’s nine progeny to race with the best of them being the stakeswinner Alinga, who was successful in five races in South Africa and is proving a successful broodmare.

Coincidentally, Mansour actually rode an unplaced runner against Alinga when the mare won a Listed event at Clairwood in May 2011 in her second-last outing.

Star Of Broadway (by Quest For Fame) is a daughter of Zephyr Souba, whose seven wins from Dave and Paul O’Sullivan’s stable included the Gr.3 Ladies Mile at Ellerslie and the Gr.3 Waikato Guineas. Zephyr Souba was also five times black-type placed including a third in the Gr.2 Royal Stakes and a fourth in the Gr.1 Easter Handicap, both at Ellerslie.

Even more importantly, Star Of Broadway is a half-sister to the topliner Naturalism and Crystal Palace.

Naturalism headed the 1991-92 Australasian 3YO Classifications and won 12 races, including three Group Ones – the AJC Derby, the Rosehill Guineas and the VATC Caulfield Stakes.

All bar one of Naturalism’s 12 wins were in black-type events and the most notable of his eight Group One placings were seconds in the Japan Cup, Victoria Derby and Ranvet Stakes.

Crystal Palace also enjoyed Group One success, when taking the Queensland Oaks for trainer Stephen Autridge, who also prepared her to win the Gr.3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni and run seconds in the 1997 Gr.2 Queensland Guineas, Listed Cambridge Breeders Stakes and third in the Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic at Te Rapa.