ONCE known as the King of the Babies, Peter Manning turned back the clock to break a Group One drought at Tabcorp Park Melton just moments ago.
During the late 1990s and early 2000s Manning had a seemingly endless supply of top two and three-year-olds, which captured top-shelf events throughout Australia.
Scaling back his stable in recent years, Manning hadn’t secured a Group One for more than a decade until Plymouth Chubb annexed tonight’s Home Grown Classic.
Manning’s previous black-type victory was with Leilani Lombo when she proved too good in the 2010 Australian Pacing Gold Final at Albion Park.
“It doesn’t seem like it has been that long since I won a Group One,” Manning said. “I never would have guessed it was the APG Final with Leilani Lombo.
“To be honest, I almost don’t recall her winning a Group One!”
Driven by Manning’s champion daughter, Kerryn, Plymouth Chubb gave connections heart failure when he galloped soon after being positioned in the one-one.
With the field racing in two divisions, Plymouth Chubb was able to make up the lost 30 metres to be fifth in the run, albeit 25 metres from the leader, Kyvalley Pierro, at the bell.
Soon after reaching the one-one along the back straight, Plymouth Chubb was taken three-wide to range up to the front runner turning for home.
With the audacity to stride clear of the field, the son of Majestic Son scored by 17-and-a-half metres from Kyvalley Pierro.
After trailing the pacemaker, Eds Dream was three metres away third.
Rating 2:00 over 1720 metres, Plymouth Chubb took his record to four wins from five starts for earnings of $38,120.
“He gave us a few anxious moments in the run,” Manning said. “As he showed he has plenty of ability, but just has to get his mind right.
“There is a lot to like about him and I think he can go a lot further.
“With most of the main races now pushed back towards the end of the year there isn’t a lot around for him during the next four or five months, so I’m not sure what is in store for him next.”