Manning Road streets them in powerful Pakenham win

Feb 16, 2017

A second go over the distance produced a terrific breakthrough win for Manning Road on the Pakenham turf track.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra earmarked Manning Road as a staying prospect before she began her summer campaign before her maiden success in the Evergreen Turf Maiden Plate (2000m).

The daughter of Casino Prince ran a solid third over 2040m at Benalla at her previous start but relished her next attempt over the trip in her latest assignment.

Top jockey Damian Lane took over aboard Manning Road for the $25,000 contest and rode her more aggressively, putting her up near the speed before she quickened well rounding the home turn.

Manning Road lengthened well at the 400m and hit the lead soon after but the most impressive aspect of her success was the way she kept driving to the line to score by more than four lengths.

“The tempo was slow enough to let her stride forward and I found myself outside the leader and she did the rest,” Lane said.

“I hadn’t had anything really to do with her at trackwork, which is unusual for one of Matty’s so I went back and looked at her replays and I was pleasantly surprised.

“I thought third-up over 2000m today that she would be reaching peak fitness and she handled them really well.

“She’s just new and green and hadn’t been in that situation and she’ll learn from that and get better.

“She seemed to be doing it quite comfortably over the last 200m so she can go on and win better races.”

Manning Road’s dominant win came at only her fourth outing while the $13,750 winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to almost $17,000.

Congratulations to Manning Road’s owners and all involved with her Pakenham success.