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Manning Now World's Best

Published: August 31, 2017 9:40 am ET

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With her win on Tuesday night, Australia's Kerryn Manning is now the most successful horsewoman on the planet.

Already the world’s leading female harness racing driver, Manning has won more races than any female of any horse racing code thanks to her victory with Mr Mojito.

Kerryn is more than 1,500 wins clear of the next best harness racing driver –- Germany's Rita Drees –- and has piloted winners in Group One races in Europe (European Grand Circuit event, the Harley Davidson Trot in Norway with Knight Pistol), New Zealand (Arden Rooney in the New Zealand Cup) and Australia (26 Group One victories).

Heading to the country venue of Terang tied with American jockey Julie Krone on 3,705 lifetime wins, Manning now owns the record outright after the four-year-old gelding outclassed his rivals in a slick 1:53.9MR over 1,680 metres.

Beginning her career as a green 16-year-old, Manning registered her first win with Gorgeous Gambit, which scored at Ararat on May 27, 1993.

Since then Manning has been a trailblazer with accolades and records arriving at an amazing rate. Some of Manning’s achievements include:

  • First female to win the Victorian Metropolitan and State Drivers’ Premierships

  • First female to be Australia’s leading driver

  • First driver to win more than 300 races in a season

  • First dual Vin Knight Medallist

  • Setting the Australian driving record for the quickest century and double century seasons

  • Becoming the youngest driver to win a Group One in Victoria

(with files from Harness Racing Australia)

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