‘Ringers Reward’ shaping up as Dan’s best.

Published 7 March 2023

‘Ringers Reward’ shaping up as Dan’s best.

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In an abstract sort of way, I can imagine that the name Peaks Crossing could conjure images of a “ringer” if you were accustomed to working on cattle stations.  

What’s this all leading to? 

Simple – the $150,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse on Saturday, April 1. 

That’s where Toowoomba’s Ringer’s Reward (ch f 2 Under The Louvre-(AUS)-Matilda’s Dance X Danehill Dancer) sold from Grandview Stud, Peak Crossing is headed towards.

Ipswich’s “Jack of all Trades’’ Dan McManus purchased her as Lot 107 at the 2022 CYS for $20,000 and named the filly Ringer’s Rewards after his ringer mates Australia wide when he worked on outback stations.

A down to earth character who listed his current occupation as “I’m a truck driver now”, Dan has worked in Civil Construction as well at “cattle stations all over the place”.

 “I was working on the port upgrade at Townsville around about the time of the sales (2022 CYS) and came to Rockhampton and as I liked the Under The Louvre breed, I decided to buy her”, Dan who has been in racehorse ownership about five years said.

Naturally, our man Dan is certainly glad he did buy the filly, a great granddaughter of champion filly and mare Canny Lass. 

From just four starts, Ringer’s Reward has won at the Sunshine Coast as well as being runner-up there on debut last November for earnings of $47,500. 

However, it was Ringer’s Reward’s strong finishing first-up fourth last Saturday in an Eagle Farm QTIS 2YO Handicap (1000m) behind Mishani Royale that has Dan and trainer Kevin Kemp rightfully excited.

“It was a very solid first-up effort and she should be fitter for the first-up run”, both men concurred.

Dan McManus’ affection for Ringer’s Reward is clearly endorsed by the passion and enthusiasm that he exudes when discussing her.

“Ringer, that’s what I call her, is all heart and a real fighter. I love watching her as she comes from behind in her races which I prefer to see than horses leading. I reckon she will be even better over the 1200 metres of that big race up at Rocky”, Dan said.

However, Dan and his trainer Kevin Kemp, who the owner refers to as a “great bloke” have their fingers crossed that Ringer’s Reward may make the field for an even bigger assignment beforehand.

“We will nominate and hope she makes the field for the QTIS 2YO Jewel (1200m – $500,000) at Doomben on March 18. The timing if she gets into that field for the race would be ideal leading into the Rockhampton Sales Classic a fortnight later”, Kevin Kemp said.

Naturally, Dan McManus was all for it.

Fair minded and not galloping from the mouth by any means, McManus acknowledged that there were some very talented youngsters in Rockhampton getting ready for the April 1 Classic.

“You have some smart ones up there but Ringer’s Reward ran in a quality field at Eagle Farm last Saturday and acquitted herself well. I feel that is good guide to her chances in Rocky”, he said. 

Ringer’s Reward is shaping by far as the best horse Dan has raced.

“I’ve owned four horses and won just a single race outright with a Spirit of Boom named Jim’s Princess. Ringer looks like being my best”, Dan said.

I had to pop the question and ask Dan will he be attending and possibly buying a yearling from the 135 strong CYS catalogue in Rockhampton on Sunday, April 2?

“I just might. I will certainly be having a look. I like the Under The Louvre’s”, Dan told me again.

Well Dan, I’ve got some good news for you as there are four yearling fillies in the catalogue sired by Under The Louvre.

Better still, two – Lots 94 and 118 come from Grandview, Peak Crossing. 

Chances are that if Ringer’s Reward should either win or be placed in the 2YO Classic the day before, the temptation about buying either would be too strong for Dan McManus to resist! 

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