John Manzelmann Tackles Big City With Mackay Hopefuls

Trainer John Manzelmann will travel to Brisbane today from his home stables is Mackay in the hope of securing a city win with one of two promising gallopers.

Manzelmann will contest the Carlton Mid Country Cup with five-year-old Bawaardi.

The trainer only acquired the Redoute’s Choice entire earlier this year after he was previously trained by David Hayes.

Since then, Bawaardi has won five of his eight race starts.

“He’s a really nice horse…and he’s been really good to us,” Manzelmann said.

“He’s had a breathing operation so that’s probably his only issue but other than that he’s quite sound.”

Bawaardi was originally purchased by Shadwell Stud in New South Wales for a whopping $1.3 million at the 2008 Australian Easter Yearling Sales.

Manzelmann went on to purchase the entire for just $24,000 in May this year and he is now one of his best stud prospects.

“We’ve had a lot of enquiries into him up until now,” he said.

“If I can pick up a race with him when he’s in town that will definitely increase his profile and make him more marketable.”

The trainer admits the 1,200 metre race is not Bawaardi’s best distance, with the horse at his best over a mile.

“It might be a bit short for him,” Manzelman said.

“Hopefully Chris (Whiteley) can do the right thing and get him forwardish (sic).”

Manzelmann will also be represented by Rocket To Glory at Eagle Farm tomorrow in the Hardy Brothers Jewellers Handicap for three-year-olds.

The trainer is unfazed by the Shovhog gelding’s top weight of 58 kilograms.

“Personally I don’t think weight matter of 1,000 metres,” he said.

Rocket To Glory is currently on trial for a run in the Magic Million Guineas in January next year.

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