Manawanui notched his fifth win from just six starts with a dominant front running performance in the G2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
Sent straight to the front by jockey Glyn Schofield, the star three-year-old never gave his rivals a chance while treating the $250,000 feature like a track gallop.
Manawanui (3g Oratorio – Lady Remlap by Filante) was coming off a G1 victory over Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) in the Golden Rose and they will clash again in the G1 Caulfield Guineas on October 8.
“That was an easy run for him and just what I wanted,” trainer Ron Leemon said. “He will be the fresh horse on the scene when we get down to Melbourne next week”.
The son of Coolmore Stud’s Oratorio (Ire) has now earned almost $900,000 which is a great return on the $45,000 he cost at the 2010 Inglis Sydney Classic yearling sale.
Manawanui was bred by Wayne Palmer from city winning mare Lady Remlap. Her first foal is the good metropolitan winner La Remlap.
Lady Remlap has been a regular visitor to Coolmore and has a two year-old filly by Choisir, the sire of La Remlap, and a yearling colt by Oratorio. She will foal this spring to Darley based Domesday.
Manawanui is part of a stakes winning triumvirate for Oratorio.
His Wyong based gelding Torio’s Quest won the G2 Queensland Guineas and Magic Millions 3YO Trophy earlier this year and was all set to play a part in the G2 Shannon Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday before dumping jockey Hugh Bowman during the prelims.
Trainer Brett Partelle will know later this week whether he can keep moving forward with a spring campaign for the four year-old.
In New Zealand, Oratorio’s G1 winning mare Banchee is being set for the G1 VRC Myer Classic at Flemington on October 29.
Oratorio (Danehill) was a G1 winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at two and trained on to claim the G1 Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes. He returned to Coolmore Australia this spring to serve at the bargain fee of $11,000 (inc gst).