Trainers David, Coral Feek to keep faith in distance specialist I Am Vinnie in Chester Manifold Stakes

Mornington trainers David and Coral Feek will be keen to test the new version of quirky galloper I Am Vinnie in Saturday’s Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

I Am Vinnie has an exceptional record over 1400m with all of his seven wins coming in 16 starts over the distance but the six-year-old hasn’t shown the same love for the Flemington circuit.

“If you look back at this horse’s Flemington record, even though he hasn’t won or placed there, it’s not totally awful,” David Feek said.

“He just hasn’t had much luck in a couple of those runs.”

The son of I Am Invincible hasn’t placed in six starts at Flemington. But they were all before the trainers put blinkers on I Am Vinnie two starts back.

I Am Vinnie ran a solid third at big odds at Ballarat second-up before getting the money in a restricted race in Sydney last time out.

“This preparation, we’ve applied blinkers to him for the first time and he’s a different horse,” Feek said.

Coral Feek trains I Am Vinnie in partnership with her husband David at Mornington.Source:AAP

“He’s been able race more forward than he has in the past and I think that’s going to give him a much better chance at Flemington.

“Those seven-furlong races at Flemington, they can tend to walk a bit early then sprint so he does need to be able to race closer.”

I Am Vinnie is one of 14 entries for the Chester Manifold Stakes but the race could feature a smaller field with plenty of options available in the coming weeks for those entered.

But Feek said winning the Chester Manifold Stakes would be a boost for the stable as it prepares to test the syndication waters with a buy at the upcoming Magic Millions yearling sales.

Horse Racing: With only a few strides to go the heavily backed favourite has slammed on the brakes leaving punters heartbroken….

Horse Racing: With only a few strides to go the heavily backed favourite has slammed on the brakes leaving punters heartbroken.

“He’s in the form of his life and, I’m not suggesting it’s going to be easy; we can have a throw at the stumps with him,” Feek said.

“It’s a Listed race at headquarters and we’re a small stable but we’ve got a horse that could go close to taking the bails off.

“I just think he’s in career-best form and he can now race a bit more forward so we can take our chance and have a go at the Listed race.”

Originally published asGeared for change: Feeks seek Manifold prize with Vinnie

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