Material Man proves his mettle
BUNBURY Cup winner Material Man proved he is no one-trick gelding by winning the $125,000 XXXX Gold Northam Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
The Justin Warwick-trained six-yearold put on a stellar performance to come from third at the turn to finish half a length ahead of Falcon Crest. Material Man was first up from a more-than-sixmonth spell, but this did not stop the chestnut gelding and hoop Lucy Warwick from saluting the judges in fine fashion.
Warwick rode Material Man on the inside of the railing and was not fussed by the late challengers who were coming from the outside, instead focusing on holding strong to take the lead in the final 200m, which they never surrendered.
Having three trials across 950m at Lark Hill prior to the meet, the duo were entering top form and are now set on what could be a big spring country carnival. The fantastic victory has given Material Man 10 wins from 15 starts in what is shaping as a great career.
“It looked like we weren’t going to get out for a lot of the straight,” Warwick said.
“To be honest I was pretty confident. I thought bad luck was his biggest danger.
“He’s a genuine 2000-metre horse so first- up at a mile wasn’t going to be bad off three trials.”
Warwick said the next stop for Material Man would likely be the Group 1 Railway Stakes, for which he had lodged a late nomination.
“The Railway’s his go. Hopefully this will give him enough points just to scrape in the bottom and ideally I’d just like to give him another trial and head straight there,” he said.
Lucy Warwick celebrates after winning the $125,000 XXXX Gold Northam Cup (1600m) aboard Material Man on Sunday.