Trainer’s Comments Under RIU Scrutiny

Civics Rock’s effort to carry his topweight to another defeat of the open sprinters at Ellerslie was overshadowed by a post-race interview.

Trainer Ralph Manning landed himself in hot water after he made controversial remarks about the handicapping of his horse.

The Racing Integrity Unit are considering what charges may follow as a result of the Cambridge trainer’s outburst.

Civics Rock has now won four open handicaps under 59kg, including the Listed Newmarket Handicap on Boxing Day.

He also had to overcame a wide gate on that occasion to beat Statham and the subsequent Gr.1 Easter Handicap winner Albany Reunion.

Civics Rock settled back in the field on Saturday and finished off gallantly in the run home to beat Pan Dulce, who was in receipt of seven kilos.

“He’s a really good little horse and tries his heart out,” successful rider Opie Bosson said. “He came up beautifully beneath me from the 300.”