Ma­te­rial Man proves his met­tle

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER SPORT - Mitchell Wood­cock

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.

Pic­ture: Sharyn Walker / Western Ra­cepix

Lucy War­wick cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the $125,000 XXXX Gold Northam Cup (1600m) aboard Ma­te­rial Man on Sun­day.

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