AUSTRALIA’S very own ‘Wonder Woman’ Kerryn Manning has notched another incredible milestone.
Thanks to her victory with Glenavril King in Stawell yesterday, Manning registered her 4000th win as a reinswoman to become just the sixth Australian driver to reach the figure.
The ‘Super Six’ include Gavin Lang, Chris Alford, Chris Lewis, Grant Dixon and Daryl Douglas.
In August 2017, the Aussie champion overtook American Julie Krone to become the most prolific winning female of any code.
Krone’s record was 3705 before Manning set the benchmark with her victory behind Mr Mojito in Terang.
During her magnificent career Krone captured a host of majors, which saw her inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame.
Since breaking her maiden as a fresh-faced 16-year-old with Gorgeous Gambit on May 27, 1993, Manning has accumulated an incredible list of achievements and records.
Manning registered her first slice of history by becoming the youngest driver to win a Group One in Victoria when she captured the Tatlow Memorial with gritty youngster Allbenz – a horse she picked out of a paddock and purchased for $500.
Such is the importance of the win, and the gelding’s career, Manning’s training establishment is named Allbenz Park.
Manning became the first female to win a Victorian Metropolitan Premiership, a Victorian Drivers’ Premiership, a National Drivers’ Premiership, the Vin Knight Medal and six races at a meeting.
She also became the first driver in Australasia to reach a triple century – winning an incredible 371 races during the 2002/03 season.
In 1997 Manning became the first Southern Hemisphere driver to win a European Group One when she combined with top trotter Knight Pistol to capture the Harley Davidson Trot.
Manning created history again in 2015 with her triumph in the famed New Zealand Cup.
Combining with Arden Rooney, which she also trained, Manning became the first reinswoman to win the Shaky Isles’ most prestigious event.
“The Harley Davidson Trot is still my biggest win, but the whole trip is my most special moment,” Manning said. “I realised there was a big wide world away from Great Western, and as you get older, you appreciate it more.”
Scaling down her driving commitments several years ago, Manning prepares a boutique team with her husband, Grant Campbell.
In her typical humble manner, Manning is quick to spread the credit – not just in relation to her latest crowning moment – but her entire career.
“When I first started I was just happy to win a race and then hope to win another,” Manning said.
“I’ve been very lucky to win so many big races and it is has been a nice journey.
“So many people deserve a lot of credit for every win.
“When you are mainly driving it is the effort of the trainer that helps you win.
“Then as you move into training, you have staff who work hard as well, which helps you win.
“Of course, there are also the owners, so without the opportunities from all those people, you can’t win any race.”