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Local Cup victory for Hannam

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Jockey Robert Hannam secured a sentimental win on his home track on Saturday, taking out the Gr.3 Manawatu Cup (2200m) aboard Rock On.

It was the fourth win in the race for the Palmerston North jockey, equaling the tally of winning trainer Gary Vile.

"Gary has trained four winners (of the race) and I have been lucky enough to ride four, so it’s a pretty special race for me," Hannam said.

"Each winner is a special moment, but to win your own Cup is pretty special."

Hannam is hoping to continue his winning ways on Boxing Day when he rides Authentic Paddy in the Gr.1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m), a race the nine-year-old won last year.

"I missed out on the Group One last year, I was overseas, but I’m here now," Hannam said.

"He ran a tremendous race in the Captain Cook (Gr.1, 1600m) last-start, his toughness and ability to keep trying just got him home for second. That was a big run I thought."

Hannam rides the Lisa Latta-trained runner in trackwork and said he is pleased with the gelding heading into Wednesday.

"I work him every morning, so I know how well he is at the moment, he is bouncing," he said.

"They tell me there’s going to be a bit of rain up there, he used to be a wet-tracker, but he’ll handle it as well as most horses will up there."

200th NZ winner for Bary

Hawke’s Bay trainer John Bary secured his 200th New Zealand win as a trainer on Saturday and he believes the horse he reached the milestone with has the potential to be his next stable star.

That horse is talented two-year-old The Fugitive, who won the Goodwood Stud 2YO Premier (1100m) at Awapuni by 2-1/2 lengths and Bary has labelled the colt as the best juvenile in his stable.

"He’s my number one two-year-old, he’s always been at the top of the pecking order just on professionalism on the track," he said. "We have just been waiting to unleash him really."

While only having the one start to date, Bary is already holding the son of Wanted in great esteem, mentioning him in the same breath as Group One performer The Hombre and five-time Group One winner Jimmy Choux.

"I feel reminiscent of The Hombre and Jimmy Choux in their two-year-old days," Bary said.

"Time will tell, we don’t know what we beat on Saturday, but he’s the real deal, I have got no doubt about that."

While The Fugitive is ineligible for the rich Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) next month, Bary is eyeing the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie in March with his charge.

"The Group One in Auckland is the main aim," Bary said. "Jimmy (Choux) ran third in it and he’s the only other runner I’ve had in it."

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