Manighar To Challenge It’s A Dundeel For 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

April 27th, 2013

Trainer Peter Moody is hopeful that history will work in Manighar’s favour in today’s 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Manighar will be taking on red hot favourite It’s A Dundeel in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, however, the past warns that it will be a tough ask for the fancied galloper.

Just one three-year-old has won the race since its inception, providing It’s A Dundeel with a tough task in today’s ten furlong event.


Manighar will be out to win the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick today. Picture by Steve Hart.

Moody feels that Manighar could be the one to dethrone It’s A Dundeel, who has been so strong against his own age during the autumn racing carnival.

“It’s A Dundeel looks outstanding, he looks super, and obviously he will be hard to beat,” Moody said.

“But three-year-olds don’t have a great record in this race – only one has won (Intergaze, 1997) in nearly 70 years – so that gives us some hope.”

Manighar placed a fast finishing fourth in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens last start.

Moody feels that the run marked a return to form for the seven-year-old, who was at his best during last year’s autumn carnival when he won three Group 1 races.

“I thought his Ryder run was just about a career-best effort,” Moody said.

“It has probably been a fitness issue with him but he’s right at his top now.

“We also re-jigged his training a little and he has certainly turned the corner.”

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