By Glenn Davis
Co-trainer Peter Hulbert is happy to continue to play second fiddle to his training partner - son Will - as the in-form stable chases more success at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Team Hulbert was one of the first training partnerships to start up in Brisbane several years ago and will head to Ipswich with one starter, Hail Manhattan, in the Class 4 Plate over 1710m.
Hail Manhattan is coming off a last start win when he edged out the Steve Tregea-trained Champagne Aunty in a 1615m Class 4 at Doomben on February 4.
Peter Hulbert is recovering from hip replacement surgery he underwent four weeks ago which left Will in charge of the Eagle Farm stable.
The Hulbert stable has had only three starters this month chalking up two wins with Hail Manhattan and Rebel Rock at Doomben and the Sunshine Coast while Oh Five Glory also ran second at Doomben on Saturday.
“Will’s been doing a great job while I’ve been off work after my hip operation,” Peter said.
“He’s had two wins and second recently and hopefully Hail Manhattan will do the job again on Wednesday.”
Hail Manhattan will carry top weight of 59kgs after a decision was made not to claim following Michael Rodd’s last start win on the gelding.
“We tossed up whether to claim but it was Will’s decision in the end not to claim,” Peter said.
“I probably would have gone with a claim but I understand it’s hard to take off a winning jockey.”
Hail Manhattan has won four of his 16 starts under the Hulbert banner and is owned by an all-Victorian syndicate.
“One of the owners wanted to have a horse trained in Brisbane and he met Will on Facebook,” Hulbert said.
“The horse has done a great job so far and is always around the mark.
“Originally I didn’t think he would get 1400m but Will was always confident he’d get a mile and he’s been proven right after he won over 1600m at Doomben last time.”
Peter believes Hail Manhattan will need to be at his top to secure back-to-back wins.
“It’s a very open race but he’s lucky he can take up a forward position and stay out of trouble,” he said.
“I’m expecting him to be in the first three or four and he should be very competitive again.”