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Noonan chasing another Mornington feature

Manolo Blahniq will run in the the Listed Hareeba Stakes on Saturday - Photo: Darryl Sherer
Manolo Blahniq will run in the the Listed Hareeba Stakes on Saturday

Photo: Darryl Sherer

Mornington Cup day is special for local trainer Tony Noonan who is hoping to rekindle some good memories when Manolo Blahniq runs in the feature sprint.

Noonan won three successive Cups with Gunnamatta but is yet to win the day's feature short-course race, the Listed Hareeba Stakes.

Manolo Blahniq lines up in the 1200m race on Saturday with Noonan taking a different path this year with the sprinter.

Last year Manolo Blahniq finished seventh in the Hareeba Stakes after racing during the summer when he won the Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in January.

This time around, Noonan kicked Manolo Blahniq's campaign off in the Bob Hoysted Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 29 with the gelding finishing a closing sixth.

"We've decided on a different approach this year," Noonan said.

"We gave him a good break at the end of the spring so we could bring him back for the later part of the autumn and then look at the Brisbane carnival.

"I thought his first-up run was as good as he has performed in the past.

"We were very pleased with the run and we're very pleased with what he has done at home since.

"But we're going to need a lot of luck from barrier 15, but it is a horse race and you never know."

Gunnamatta won the Mornington Cup, Saturday's feature race over 2400m, in 2002, 2003 and 2004 when it was over 2000m.

Noonan said a lot had changed since those days when he had a large team at Mornington compared to the boutique stable of 15 horses he now operates.

"I was lucky to train that resilient little horse that just shone on that day," Noonan said.

"Every year he turned up and got some brilliant rides from some brilliant jockeys.

"He was owned by good people and it was a really enjoyable part of our career.

"You pray for something like that now because at the time you are too busy to appreciate it, but as you get older you can sit back and say 'how did that happen'."

Bred by Nearco Stud, Manolo Blahniq was purchased out of Curraghmore's 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock draft for $115,000. -AAP



 

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