Manawanui Outlasts Smart Missile To Win 2011 Golden Rose

September 12th, 2011

Manawanui has won the $1 million Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse last Saturday September 10, 2011.

The three-year-old gelding led most of the way to win the 1,400 metre feature ahead of a wayward Smart Missile and Peter Snowden’s Helmet.

John O’Shea’s Foxwedge initially finished in the top three but was relegated to third after a protest lodged by Helmet’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy was upheld.

Despite the variety of problems that surrounded the running of the 2011 Golden Rose which included Smart Missile veering off course up the final straight, you could not take anything away from the winner, whose owners had paid the $50,000 late entry fee to have their gelding run in the race.

“It’s amazing,” Manawanui’s trainer Ron Leemon said.

“It’s tremendous, it’s a dream come true.

“I am glad (the owners paid the $50,000 late entry fee), they have had a great thrill, a great thrill.

“I’ve got the winner and I am so please for everybody associated with the stable, it’s tremendous.

“We have battled but we’ve got there.”

Jockey Glyn Schofield was aboard Manawanui for his epic 2011 Golden Rose win.

“I said to Ronny (Leemon) ‘I don’t mind leading on this horse’, it didn’t really matter what scenario worked out for us, as long as I had a margin between myself and the rest and I knew this fella doesn’t stop,” Schofield said.

“The way he picked up on a heavy track at his first start back, he was always going to show a lot of speed on a dry and firmer surface today.

“I must pay tribute to Ron, the poor fella has been a bag of nerves, he has been in racing such a long time and is such a great man, to finally get a horse of this calibre and to do everything right with all the pressure around him, he deserves all the accolades.

“I told (Ron) the first time I saw (Manawanui) I said, ‘gee he looks a bit fat’, but when I got on him he gave me an unbelievable feel and I said to him from the word go ‘you have a top racehorse here’, and he has proven that today.”

Leemon and Manawanui’s owners have rejected a large number of offers that have flowed in for the Oratorio gelding since his Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes win last month.

“I am, along with my wife Gaye and the other connections, who are all new to the stable, are chasing our dream,” Leemon said.

“Why not enjoy it at our stage of life.”

Schofield agreed.

“I am more happy for Ron and his connections, it is good to see not really one of the big name trainers come through with a really fantastic horse, he has received some lucrative offers for this horse but they have stuck solid and kept him and have reaped the rewards,” he said.

Manawanui will now compete in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill on September 24, 2011, before taking on the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas next month in Melbourne.

“You have to support Sydney racing at this time,” Leemon said.

Jockey Glen Boss, who was aboard second place-getter Smart Missile, was livid with the outcome after the race.

“A few things didn’t go our way. Obviously at the start, Foxwedge come out about six horses and put everything skew if then at the 500m James McDonald (aboard Foxwedge) in his wisdom when three wide tried to get one off the fence with two inside him,” Boss said.

“He just smashed me up the fence. That’s cost me the race.”

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2011 Golden Rose Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon Glyn Schofield 3 56.5kg $7
2 2 SMART MISSILE Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 0.2L 5 56.5kg $2.10F
3 1 HELMET Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3.5L 4 56.5kg $3.80
4 3 FOXWEDGE John O’Shea James McDonald (a) 3.8L 1 56.5kg $9.50
5 6 FLIGHT OF PEGASUS Scott Aspery Chris Munce 4.6L 2 56.5kg $91
6 5 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen Nathan Berry 5.4L 6 56.5kg $12