Manighar became the first horse to ever complete the Group 1-treble of the Australian Cup (G1), Ranvet Stakes (G1) and BMW Cup (G1) on Saturday, April 7, at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, Australia.
Winning the $2.25-million BMW Cup, Manighar defeated champion Americain, with Drunken Sailor third. Manighar also defeated Americain in the Australian Cup on March 9, 2012.
“We made a strategic decision to take a good, older stayer and freshen him with new trainer Peter Moody at shorter distances. It has been miraculous to see Manighar reinvigorated and to now achieve such historic success”, said principal partner Earle I. Mack, “We bought Manighar from his breeder, the Aga Khan, whom I am sure he is very pleased to see his mating proven at the classic distances.”
Over the past 55 days, Manighar has won four of five group starts for Melbourne-based Peter Mooney, who also trains the undefeated champion filly Black Caviar.
In the BMW Cup at 1 ½-miles, Manighar beat his old rival Americain for the second time in 2012 by 1 ½ lengths. Americain had beaten Manighar in the 2011 Melbourne Cup at about two miles.
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