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Man Of His Word Seeking Maiden Stakes Win
Trainer Bruce Hill has resisted the temptation of running Man Of His Word in the Villiers Stakes in Sydney by remaining closer to home for the Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m) at Doomben. The Gold Coast-based Hill, who also will start Coffs Harbour Cup winner Bodega Negra, gave serious thought about sending Man Of His Word interstate following his impressive last start win at Eagle Farm on December 3. “He’s going terrific and he’s always shown us he has the ability,” Hill told Racing Queensland Webnews. “He’s slowly getting there. He’s not quite mature enough and he gets a bit lost and wanders." He added: "We’ve decided to stay in Brisbane instead of going for the Villiers [Gr2]. I gave it a lot of thought but I’m taking the easier option to stay home.” The talented Man Of His Word (Lope de Vega-Mandalina, by Fasliyev) has won 5 of his 17 starts to date, but is yet to be successful at black-type level. However, he has always shown stakes ability as evidenced by his fifth placing behind dual Gr1 winner Press Statement in the Gr2 ATC Stan Fox Stakes last year.