Classy Chadwick gains another friend in Man
Matthew Chadwick converted another trainer to his burgeoning fan club, with Manfred Man Ka-leung giving the boom teenager all the credit for landing the trophy race with Friendly Gains.
Although Friendly Gains had won just one of his 21 starts since arriving from New Zealand, punters put their faith in 18-year-old Chadwick as the solution to the gelding's problems and the $31 favourite didn't let them down. 'I think he was a bit too classy for these horses today,' said Man after Friendly Gains had scraped home by a head from Brett Prebble's mount Bundle O' Gold in the Institute of Surveyors Silver Jubilee Cup (1,000m).
'He was back into a standard Class Two today, and with Matthew's seven-pound claim he did look very well treated.'
Chadwick's victory was win number 30 in this remarkable season, remembering that he only debuted on December 20 and was not licensed to compete at Happy Valley until February 25.
He took over outright fifth spot on the jockeys' standings with the win, though Weichong Marwing reclaimed that position with his victory on Industrial Marvel in the very next race.
'I wanted to give him a bit of a rest in the early and middle stages, as best I could,' Chadwick said. 'I understand he can get a bit fired up and go too keenly, but I rode him in his final gallop and he was fine for me, he settled well.
'He's done everything right today and because he was not used too much early, he had enough left to hold off Brett's mount in the finish. I'm pleased - I owed Brett that one.'
The 'owing' Chadwick was referring to came from the Class Five on dirt (race four), when Chadwick on Super Red looked the winner close to home, only to be nailed in a deceptive photo finish by a power-packed Prebble ride on Newswire Too.