Stratford double for Manning

Toffee Pop (Lisa Allpress) scoring the first of two wins for Ralph Manning at Stratford yesterday.

Cambridge trainer Ralph Manning pulled the right rein when sending a team of horses down to yesterday’s Stratford meeting.

Though he had to settle for fifth with Korakonui in the main event, the Stratford Cup, it proved a profitable trip with each of the six horses picking up stakemoney.

Korakonui earned $625 for her effort, while Manning’s other five runners at the meeting brought home two wins, two seconds and a third.

Manning’s first two runners, Reflection and Sleek Secret, both finished second, then the stable’s luck changed when Toffee Pop charged home late to grab the honours in the Brian Darth Funeral Services Maiden 1200.

Lala Land followed up with a third in the following race and after Korakonui’s effort, Manning’s attention was on Cabochon in the final event, the Stratford ITM Maiden 1600m, and the Swiss Ace mare scored the easiest win of the day.

Cabochon (Lisa Allpress) was the easiest winner on the day at Stratford yesterday.

Owned and bred by Gerry Harvey and raced by his NZ Thoroughbred Holdings Ltd, Cabochon never gave her rivals a look-in after going straight to the front in the hands of Lisa Allpress.

Allpress gave her more rein rounding the home turn and she sprinted clear to win by five and three-quarter lengths.

The manner in which Cabochon won makes it surprising she had not scored previously. In eight previous starts her best efforts had been a third and a fourth.

That third placing was at Tauranga over 1600m in early November when she charged home late and in her next start at Te Aroha she was late clear and rushed home for fifth.

Toffee Pop took 11 starts to break maiden ranks and she, like Cabochon, should carry on the good work.

A four-year-old daughter of Rock ‘N’ Pop, Toffee Pop had picked up two thirds and four fourths before her big moment came yesterday.

She was third on debut at Taupo 12 months ago when chasing home I Am Queen, who is now making her mark in Australia.