Stately Manner headed to the Sunshine Coast today looking to break his maiden after putting the writing on the wall last start with a fast finishing fourth and again showed a strong finishing burst to take out the Grandview Homes maiden plate over 1800 metres. The son of Bullet Train proved a liking for the distance and the heavy track conditions today after settling further back then planned but this proved to be no problem with Jockey Paul Hammersley keeping his cool and opting for plan B and riding for luck and thankful the runs kept coming and the horse was able to capitalise on this.
Stately Manner was purchased by Co Trainer Bryan Guy who previously trained his half brother Platinum State who was a handy sprinter / miler for the stable in recent years and while there are similarities between the two Bryan explained that Stately Manner is very different in his racing style “When I brought him I could see a few similarities between him and Platinum but he has been a slower horse to mature and even now he is still a prep away. What I like most about the horse is he doesn’t really know what he is doing yet and when he finally works it out he will develop into a handy stayer.”
Stately Manner was ridden today by Paul Hammersley who was having his second ride on the horse and he came into today’s event with an air of confidence after his last start ride on the horse “I felt confident of a win today after he hit the line last start and knew that the extra two hundred metres would be to his liking. We did it a bit harder then we wanted to after he struggled to get his footing upon jumping and settling a pair or two further back in running then planned but the horse took it all in his stride and was clearly too good for them, I like this horse he looks to have upside given there is plenty of improvement in him.”
Co trainer Daniel Guy explained after the race that the win was a special one for many of the owners experiencing their first win “It’s a big group of owners some are old stable clients and many are new who had their first winner today which also makes the win more enjoyable. Also we have to thank Paul for a great ride as he didn’t panic and he knew what he had underneath him, Paul is a very underrated jockey over ground and this was evident again today.”