Edward Manifold Stakes Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Edward Manifold Stakes which is to be run at Flemington racecourse on Sunday 2nd, October 2016. View the Edward Manifold Stakes Field.

1CHIPANDAJohn O’SheaJames McDonald1455.5kg
2EXOCETLee & Anthony FreedmanDwayne Dunn1055.5kg
3SERENELY DISCREETPhillip StokesLuke Nolen1555.5kg
4SMART AS YOU THINKJohn McArdleDaniel Stackhouse855.5kg
5ELEONORA (NZ)Murray Baker & Andrew ForsmanDamien Oliver255.5kg
6BELLA SORELLASTRAPeter Morgan & Craig WiddisonStephen Baster1855.5kg
7PEEKING DUCKTrent PennutoJye McNeil (a)1355.5kg
8GOGO GRACELeon Macdonald & Andrew GluyasKerrin McEvoy955.5kg
9WHYOUASKMatt LaurieBen Melham155.5kg
10WATERLOO SUNSETDavid & B Hayes & T DabernigRegan Bayliss (a)1755.5kg
11FROMPARIS WITHLOVELeon & Troy CorstensBen E Thompson (a)1655.5kg
12ANOTHER BULLSEYEDanny O’BrienHugh Bowman555.5kg
13BETTYRAE RUBYTim HughesChris Symons1255.5kg
14CLASSIC DIVARobbie GriffithsCraig Williams355.5kg
15SOGNANIMichael MoroneyPatrick Moloney755.5kg
16VAINGLORIOUSSteve RichardsNicholas Hall455.5kg
17eVON RICHTERDavid & B Hayes & T DabernigDamian Lane1955.5kg
18eCEYLON (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungMark Zahra1155.5kg
19eKAMILINick RyanRhys McLeod655.5kg


A strong exhibition gallop has convinced trainer John Thompson that Sir John Hawkwood will be fighting out the finish in the Group One Metropolitan Handicap.

Saturday’s $750,000 race at Randwick is the horse’s first outing in Group One company.

Thompson said his consistency and performance around the stable boded well for the race.

“He’s a horse you know is going to give you 150 per cent,” Thompson said.

“He’s going to be in the finish but what placing I don’t know.

“It’s his chance to win a Group One.”

Thompson said he was still learning about Sir John Hawkwood, who arrived in his stable after David Vandyke relocated to the Sunshine Coast.

The horse finished second in the Group Three Kingston Town Stakes in his first and only run for Thompson.

“Everything he’s done for me he’s done very well,” Thompson said.

He said he was relying on regular jockey Blake Spriggs for an assessment of the horse.

“He comes in and rides him all the time and he’s been associated with him for a few preps,” Thompson said.

“He said he’s going as good as ever.”

Sir John Hawkwood had a 10-day stint in the paddock after the Kingston Town and Thompson sent him round in an exhibition gallop at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.

“He worked super, came through it super and went to the beach on Wednesday morning full of beans,” Thompson said.

The eight-year-old UK import has had five trainers across two countries but he isn’t showing Thompson any signs of weariness.

“Some days you’d swear he was a three-year-old,” Thompson said.

“He had a steady canter this morning before he went to the beach and when he came off the track he was kicking and squealing so it’s good.”

Sir John Hawkwood is on the second line of betting at $6 behind Chris Waller-trained Antonio Guiseppe at $4.60.

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