Jul 13, 2011
Former Queensland jockey Ric McMahon was quick to repay Clarry Conners for his faith when the young hoop saluted aboard Manor House in the Carramar Maiden Plate (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Conners lured McMahon south to ride in Sydney for his stable and it took two rides for the former Crown Lodge jockey to post his first victory for the four-time Golden Slipper-winning trainer.
Manor House began quickly from his outside barrier and McMahon let the son of Chateau Istana slide forward before having a breather mid-race.
In the straight, McMahon released the brakes and the gelding bounded clear, setting up a winning margin while the field looked hopeless chasing.
On the line Manor House had 3-1/2 lengths to spare over Happy Hussy with More Bubbly getting for third ahead of the Darley galloper Lightens, in fourth.
"He just cruised over to that position, the blinkers probably sharpened him up a bit,” Conners said.
"He's had two starts on soft tracks and today he got a go on a good track.
"Last start a horse just came underneath his neck and decked him, that's why I put the blinkers on.”
McMahon echoed the thoughts of Conners and indicated an instant liking for Sydney racing.
"Today with the blinkers he wanted to jump and run,” McMahon said.
"It's great to get one on the board, I think I'll be around for a while.”