The strength of European stayers was once again highlighted when the first three places in The BMW, a Group 1 race over a mile and a half at Rosehill in Sydney, were filled by former French- and British-trained runners.
Manighar led home 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, while the winner’s former stable-mate at Luca Cumani’s Newmarket yard, Drunken Sailor, took third. Bred in France by the Aga Khan, Manighar was posting his third consecutive Group 1 triumph since being relocated to the Melbourne stable of Black Caviar’s trainer, Peter Moody.
In addition to Saturday’s A$2.25 million contest, the six-year-old son of Linamix has also won the Ranvet Stakes and Australian Cup – becoming the first horse ever to land these three top-level races – and the Group 3 Carlyon Cup over a mile.
When trained in France in 2009, he won the Group 2 Prix Chaudenay ad two Listed races for his breeder, and was also placed in the Yorkshire Cup and Prix Royal-Oak.