Amadeus scores for Joan Walker

Listed race wins at Flemington are always to be celebrated and veteran racegoer Joan Walker had no trouble in giving her galloper Amadeus an extra cheer on his return after his victory on Saturday in the Chester Manifold Stakes over 1400 metres.

Amadeus and Jye McNeil, picture

Walker, who bred the super stayer and crowd favourite of the 1970s in Reckless, explained after the seven-year-old’s success that she knew and respected the former racing administrator and grazier Chester Manifold.

"It was a real excitement because Chester Manifold, in my option, was what the epitome of what racing is about," Walker told

"He actually started the TAB because he realized racing needed this. Sir Chester and Lady Manifold were what the VRC stood for and it’s wonderful to win this race for me.

"It’s a long time since I won one at Flemington. Reckless (1977) was the last one here so I really needed it.’’

Sir Chester Manifold died in 1979 at the age of 82.

Amadeus ($3.60) had a length margin on the line from Guizot ($9) with the early leader Call It A Day ($13) holding on for third place. The $3.50 favourite Bumper Blast was always struggling and he only beat one runner home.

McNeil salutes with Mick Kent, picture