Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Four-year-old Manning, often underestimated, maintained his splendid form when he scored an easy victory in the 2536m Vale Percy Johnson Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
His past five starts have produced two wins, a second and two thirds to take his career earnings to $192,136 from 13 wins and seven placings from 46 starts.
This is a wonderful return for the members of the Trotsynd No. 16 syndicate who race the Sportswriter gelding who was bred by Steve Johnson and was sold for $19,000 at the 2018 APG Perth yearling sale.
Manning, the $2.40 favourite, was again handled with great aplomb by Maddison Brown, who dashed the gelding forward, three wide, from the No. 4 barrier before enjoying an ideal passage, one-out and one-back.
Brown then eased Manning three wide approaching the bell and he overhauled the pacemaker Im Soxy ($6.50) 300m from home before winning by one and a half lengths from $34 chance Tyler Brett, who started out wide at barrier nine and was last at the bell before charging home, out six wide.
Carrera Mach ($6) trailed the pacemaker and locked sulky wheels with The Kraken in the back straight in the final lap before finishing solidly to be third.