$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.

Trainer Ron Leemon has no regrets about ducking the Cox Plate with three-year-old Manawanui with his sights firmly on Saturday’s Victoria Derby.

The gelding tightened his grip on the staying Classic when he cruised to victory in the Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Manawanui winning the Mitchelton Wines Vase (Group 2) at Moonee Valley - photo by Race Horse Photos Australia

Unlike his previous raceday appearances, Manawanui was settled back in the field by Glyn Schofield to make sure he was comfortable over the distance.

But Leemon knew from his trackwork that Manawanui would have no problems and said the 2500 metres of the Derby would also be within his grasp.

“It won’t worry him,” Leemon told Sky Sports Radio.

“No matter what the pace is, Glyn will be able to make him drop the bit.

“I’m just hoping he’s still got the sprint at the end of 2500 metres.

“I was confident the way he works that he would get the distance.

“He loves to settle behind horse or amongst horses.

“There were no thoughts of the Cox Plate. We;ve got next year to worry about that.”

Leemon said Manawanui had pulled up well from Saturday’s Group Two race and had had a light morning.

Manawanui returns to scale - photo by Race Horse Photos Australia

Helmet, who held out Manawanui to win the Caulfield Guineas (1600m), was sent out the $2.80 favourite in Saturday’s Cox Plate but was found wanting over the 2040 metres, finishing eighth, 4-1/2 lengths from the winner Pinker Pinker.

He won’t be going to the Derby but Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation has an able contender in Induna, winner of last week’s Geelong Classic.

Induna was not among the original Derby entries so an $82,500 late entry fee is required.

Manawanui was at $2.25 to win the Derby with TAB Sportsbet on Sunday with Induna at $6.

Sheikh Mohammed will be at Flemington on Saturday to see Sepoy in action for the first time when the colt runs in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Modun and Lost In The Moment represent the sheikh’s Godolphin team the following Tuesday in the Melbourne Cup.

AAP TURF

 
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $250*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $501*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first deposit
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Railway Stakes Field – 2017

View the field for the 2017 Railway Stakes. The Railway Stakes will be run on Saturday 25th November at Ascot...

Strangles ban lifted on two stables

The quarantine order on two of Victorian trainer George Osborne stables has been lifted but a third remains classified as...

RV to look at Macedon Lodge structure

Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams will be interviewed by Victorian racing authorities over comments he made indicating he is the head...

Royal Ascot or a fourth Cox Plate for Winx

The team behind champion racehorse Winx is open to the mare going for a record fourth Cox Plate, but also...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.