A ‘Liv­ing Leg­end’

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Great Western trainer-driver Ker­ryn Man­ning has joined the Ca­duceus Club of Vic­to­ria’s Liv­ing Leg­ends – the first fe­male to win the har­ness-rac­ing hon­our.

The award hon­ours peo­ple who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to their in­dus­try through years of ser­vice and achieve­ment and the pres­tige they have brought to their sport.

Based on wins, Man­ning, 42, is the most suc­cess­ful fe­male reinswoman or jockey in the world.

The 27th Liv­ing Leg­end in­ductee, Man­ning joins her fa­ther Peter, who was in­ducted in 2006.

“You work hard and get some re­sults and that helps you each day to do what you love,” Man­ning said.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­body who helps me. My hus­band, Grant, who’s a big part of All­benz Park. He’s the back­bone and with­out him I couldn’t do what I do. All my staff, all my own­ers and all my fam­ily – my fa­ther who’s taught me ev­ery­thing that I needed to know early in life.”

Man­ning left school af­ter year 10 to work on her fa­ther’s Great Western farm, driv­ing her first win­ner on Gor­geous Gam­bit in Ararat at 16 and then the fol­low­ing year won on her metropoli­tan de­but steer­ing Scotty Wiper.

Man­ning has since amassed 3825 vic­to­ries from 16,126 starts in the sulky.

She launched a train­ing ca­reer from 2003-04, pro­duc­ing 922 win­ners from 3831 starts.

Ca­reer high­lights in­clude a Scan­di­na­vian tour with Knight Pis­tol in 1996 and vic­tory in Nor­way, which gave in­stant celebrity sta­tus among Europe’s trotting-mad au­di­ence.

She also had in­ter­na­tional suc­cess in 2016 when she crossed the Tas­man with 2015 A. G. Hunter Cup win­ner Ar­den Rooney, lead­ing all the way to win the New Zealand Trotting Cup and be­com­ing the first women to achieve such a feat.

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