Whitsunday Cup quinella for Manzelmann
RACING: 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.
Race 1 - Over the Choice
Race 2 - Surah Surah
Race 3 - Forgotten Destiny
Race 4 - Mishani Allegra
Race 5 - Candente
Race 6 - Goddess of Luck