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Sir Manawa (Ustinov) Wins over Hurdles
15 Jun 2015
Sir Manawa by Ustinov is pictured above with his dam Manawa Belle (aged 24) by Zamazaan.  We had purchased Manawa Belle from Sir Patrick Hogan several years previously and subsequently lucky enough to have bred a beautiful filly by Cape Cross from her.

Manawa Belle was 'retired' after her 'last' foal the Cape Cross filly at the age of 20 and lived a carefree life of retirement. Since Manawa Belle was the dam of Lord Ted (Lord Ballina) Joint Head of The 1995-96 NZ 2YO Free H) and winner of  ARC Ellerslie Sires' Produce Gr.1 and 2nd in the Adelaide Cup, as well as multiple placings in Group 1 and Group 2 races and she also bred Manawa King, 2nd AJC Sydney Cup Group 1 we had a huge respect for her and enjoyed just having her around the farm.

In the season of 2007 we noticed her taking quite a interest in the teaser pony as Nick was heading past her paddock up to the dry mares, so since she looked a million dollars and hardly looking her age we re-registered her and bred her to Ustinov - with the resulting foal Sir Manawa.  (I think we were really wishing for a filly to keep and continue breeding from but this little chap was born!)

With Nick's Irish blood, in addition to breeding flat horses, he has always wanted to breed and race a jumping horse with the ambition to bringing the horse up to the Cheltenham Gold Cup meeting. So it was the hugest thrill seeing Sir Manawa finish off his first 3000 metre hurdle race with great gusto and win by a margin of 6 lengths.  One step closer to Cheltenham!!

Sir Manawa winning on debut over hurdles (3000m)

Sir Manawa is trained by top trainer Kevin Myers Wanganui, and has won over the flat and weighed in on 12 occasions from his 16 race day starts but we were happy to wait for him to mature and now at six we think that the waiting is over, and with his staying blood we would expect him to stay all day.

Jeff and Vicki McVean race Sir Manawa with us and have had huge success with their Kevin Myers trained horse Paolemo last season, winning the Waikato Steeplechase. If Sir Manawa could repeat his winning feats it would be very exciting indeed, early days but looking forward to an exciting jumping future ahead.