KING Of Manners’ brilliant win at Moonee Valley on Saturday headlined a big weekend for Bendigo-trained gallopers.
Trained by Shaun Dwyer, King Of Manners produced a last-to-first victory in the $80,000 Anne Marie Classic 54 Handicap (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
A despised $41 longshot, King Of Manners won like an odds-on favourite, sprinting clear over the concluding stages to win by more than a length.
Dwyer has always thought the son of Manner Hill had good potential.
“I think he will be even better when we get him out over 2000m,’’ Dwyer said.
Dwyer enjoyed a profitable weekend.
He also had success at the three-day Swan Hill carnival.
On Friday, the Dwyer-trained He’s Dirt Cheap broke its maiden status.
However, it was the win of Cuban Gold in a maiden on Sunday that would have most pleased the Bendigo trainer.
The three-year-old filly relished the step up in distance to 1600m, thrashing her rivals by three lengths.
Cuban Gold might have one more run before being freshened up for the Melbourne spring carnival.
Dwyer’s long-range goal is the Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Dwyer’s smart stayer Tampere ran a gallant second at Swan Hill on Sunday.
The four-year-old made good ground from back in the field, but couldn’t reel in Gold Medals in the Think Big Classic (2100m).
Bendigo trainers returned home from the three-day Swan Hill carnival with plenty of good results.
On Saturday, the Rod Symons-trained Savannah Moon won her second race this campaign with a hard-fought victory over 1600m.
Ridden by Craig Robertson, Savannah Moon settled midfield before running home strongly in the final 200m to defeat Streak On.
The Savabeel filly now boasts two wins and four placings from 14 career starts.
The following race was taken out by the Danny Curran-trained De Nederlanden.
The five-year-old relished the wet track and enjoyed a good run up on the speed before surging clear to win by more than a length.
Fellow Bendigo trainers Allen Browell, Adam O’Neill, Arthur Pace and Graham Browney all had horses run placings at the carnival.