Better track means better result for Manning Road

Oct 21, 2017

Getting back on to a superior racing surface was one reason for Manning Road’s return to form at Bendigo.

Manning Road had struggled in her previous two runs on poor tracks at Geelong after a sold first-up outing at Bendigo back on September 1.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra also decided to drop Manning Road back to Rating 58 class in the Bowser Bean Blitz Handicap (1600m).

Ellerton and Zahra booked Andrew Mallyon to ride the daughter of Casino Prince at Bendigo and the jockey duly gave Manning Road the perfect run behind the speed in the early and middle stages.

Mallyon let Manning Road stride forward rounding the home turn before the four-year-old proved far too strong for her opposition to score by 1 ¾ lengths.

“She dropped a fair way back in class but it was an important race for her,” Zahra said.

“She hadn’t won for a few starts and she had just struggled on the Geelong track at her last two runs so we needed to get her confidence back up.

“Andrew gave her a perfect run and a good experience but she was good enough to put them away in the straight.

“It was very pleasing to get her back winning again.”

Manning Road’s Bendigo success was her second from 12 starts in a career that includes three minor placings while the winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to more than $32,000.

Congratulations to Manning Road’s owners and all involved with getting her back to winning form at Bendigo.