Ciaron Maher completed the rare feat of winning the Manikato Stakes with the chubby three-year-old in 2019 and Victoria’s top coach is looking to do it again this Friday night.
Maher, who has a training partnership with David Eustace, has the last Moir Stakes winner Coolangatta headed to $2 million event at The Valley.
Written Tycoon’s daughter will be looking to compete with Loving Gaby, who registered the first of her two Group 1 wins in Shares Manikato three years ago.
Coolangatta needs to reach 1200 meters at her weight age and Maher is looking to her Golden Sandal race to be confident she can be a force with just 51kg on her back.
“She basically finished first in a slipper on the Heavy 10 and finished third,” Maher said.
“She ran 1200 in Magic Millions, weight for age is definitely harder, but Jamie (Kah) rode her in a test last Monday and said she feels great.
“She’s in excellent condition.”
Coolangatta, who has had six starts to four wins and two to place third, had an 800-meter jump at Cranbourne last Monday and won two long runs despite Jamie’s urgings. Kah in the end stage.
Loving Gaby joins Dual Choice, who won at Manikato in 1970, being the only person to win the race that first took place in 1968 when she won at Manikato, which used to be the first Group 1. of the season and the weekend called Cox Plate home. since 2012.
Seventeen other tenants competed for Manikato with Anaheed, who was third behind Loving Gaby, who was the only one in second.
Coolangatta won’t be Maher and Eustace’s only Shares Manikato The runner-up along with Bella Nipotina, who finished second with her steady friend at Moir Stakes, is also a confirmed runner.
The coach is also considering whether to back up Generation, who finished fourth in the Moir and third in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) on Saturday.
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