BOOM freshman Plymouth Chubb is a hot favourite in his bid to join one of his siblings on a prestigious honour roll.
Unplaced upon debut, Plymouth Chubb has won his seven subsequent starts in epic fashion, with an average margin of 11 metres.
Successful in The Maori Legend a fortnight ago, the Peter Manning-trained trotter is engaged in Saturday night’s Tatlow Stake in Ballarat.
Plymouth Chubb’s half-brother, Dublin Chubb – also prepare by Manning – captured the 2019 Tatlow.
Driven by champion horsewoman Kerryn Manning, Dublin Chubb outstayed his rivals after racing in the ‘death seat’ to score in 2:02.5 over 2240 metres.
With Kerryn set to take the reins, Plymouth Chubb will begin from the outside of the second row due to his ODM status.
“I’d rather not be drawn out there, but it’s not the end of the world,” Manning said. “He’s shown he has a ton of raw ability, and as long as he does everything right, he’ll take some beating.”
Citing Aldebaran Misty as the main danger, Manning is also wary of Courage Stride.
First-up since August 6, Aldebaran Misty, which boasts three wins from four starts, has drawn to settle forward from barrier three.
Undefeated from three outings, Courage Stride will begin from the middle of the back line.
“Aldebaran Misty has shown she is a good filly,” Manning said. “She hasn’t raced for a couple of months, but Geoff (Webster) will have her going well.
“Courage Stride has won his races pretty easily so he can’t be taken lightly.”