Manning stable on a winning roll

Cambridge trainer Ralph Manning will be hoping his luck holds for Tauranga on Saturday after a highly successful result from today’s Te Aroha meeting.

Manning saddled up three runners on Te Aroha’s Dally Day and walked off the course with a 100 per cent strike rate. And making the day even more enjoyable was the fact he owned the first of the winners, Hold The Dream.

Hold The Dream has the breeding to suggest he should be a good flat performer, being a half-brother by Pentire to multiple Group One-winning sprinter Gee I Jane, But he had to settle for eight placings from 13 starts on the flat.

However, he has become an instant hit as a jumper with his win in the Waihou Tavern Hurdle, the first event on today’s card.

One of Hold The Dream’s biggest fans as a jumping prospect is Matthew Cropp, the stable apprentice who was aboard in today’s win. Cropp has done the schooling on Hold The Dream and predicted a bright future for him over jumps.

“He’s a nice horse and I thought he would go well today,” said Cropp. “He jumps well and he’ll get better.”

Hold The Dream jumped competently in today’s event and had the measure of Our Destiny, who tried valiantly for his Cambridge trainer-rider Craig Thornton but was three-quarters of a length astern at the finish.

Manning then had to wait until race nine to saddle up his second runner, Nancylee, but the wait was worth it.

The Ekraar three-year-old filly, raced by Ada Parnwell’s NZ Livestock Ltd, followed up a maiden win at Tauranga last month with a strong victory in the Frank and Annie Matijasevich Memorial 1600. Ridden by Leith Innes, Nancylee powered through the very deep footing and was strong at the finish, suggesting there is more success in store.

Innes and Manning then combined again in the final event, the Ernie Martinovich 1600 with the favourite Power Trip, who is raced by Dick Karreman. The decisive win was thoroughly deserving as Power Trip had been placed in five of his eight starts.

Manning’s attention will now turn to the Tauranga meeting, at which his representatives include Innovation, High Roller, Pump Up The Volume and Wanabefamous. Innovation and High Roller are owned by Karreman, with the former racing under The Oaks Stud banner, while Manning has a half-share in Pump Up The Volume and owns Wanabefamous outright.

Innovation will start in the Listed $50,000 Team Wealleans Tauranga Classic, the fillies and mares event in which she notched her first stakes win last year. She goes into this year’s contest as a last-start stakeswinner of the Ag Challenge Stakes and will be ridden by Innes.

“The only problem is that she’s dropping back from 1600 to 1400 metres, but she did it last year,” said Manning.

High Roller is an acceptor in both the main event, the $40,000 Amcor Kiwi-LRK Kiwifruit Cup and the Rawhiti Hort 1600 and whichever race he contests he will clash with another Manning runner. Pump Up The Volume is in the Kiwifruit Cup and Wanabefamous heads the field for the Rawhiti Hort 1600.

Pump Up The Volume is a past course winner and with two seconds on the board this campaign he is poised to strike, while High Roller is a last-start winner and Wanabefamous is a smart galloper who should be improved by his first-up run at Te Rapa.