Whit­sun­day Cup quinella for Manzel­mann

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

John Manzel­mann had plenty of rea­sons to smile last Satur­day as the Mackay trainer claimed a quinella in the lu­cra­tive Whit­sun­day Cup at Bowen.

God­dess of Luck, rid­den by Faith El­liot, was first past the post in the day’s ma­jor event, win­ning by 1.3 lengths over stable­mate Serene Pearl.

Cher­rie Lind­gren’s Beg Par­don rounded out the plac­ings but it was Manzel­mann and con­nec­tions that col­lected more than $6800 af­ter fin­ish­ing first and sec­ond in the 1470m event.

In other re­sults from the Bowen Turf Club, the Nippy Sey­mour-trained Over the Choice won the Class 2 Hand­i­cap over 1000m af­ter start­ing from bar­rier seven.

The out­sider was a pre-race $17 chance with the book­ies but won on a photo fin­ish from more highly-rated run­ners in Alpine Gold and Re­mos. Robert Gra­ham rode Surah Surah to victory in the Open Hand­i­cap, clear­ing Starlis­tic and Via Con Dios by less than a length. Forgotten Des­tiny cruised in race three, win­ning the Class B Hand­i­cap by more than three lengths over The Hawk Eter­nal and It’s Gonna Hap­pen.

Manzel­mann’s sec­ond win on the day came in the Maiden Plate over 1200m, as Mis­hani Al­le­gra de­fied a wide bar­rier draw to win over Moun­tain Lane and stable­mate Mis­hani De Niro by 1.8 lengths.

A photo fin­ish was re­quired to de­ter­mine the win­ner of the Bench­mark 70 Hand­i­cap but ul­ti­mately the $5000 cheque was handed to Can­dente’s con­nec­tions.

SEC­OND PLACE: Steve Jack­son crosses the line at the Mackay Ma­rina Run half-marathon on Sun­day.

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