STAWELL - Great Western horse trainer, Peter Manning chalked up his third feature race win for this year with Boyz Torque taking out the Rachael (McGrath) Gration Memorial Pace on Monday.
With Glen Craven at the controls, Boyz Torque was sitting one back, four out at the bell before moving three wide late.
Craven was then able move Boyz Torque up on the home straight and he took off, striding to the line to win by 3.7 metres in front of race favourite Lombo Krista Bella.
Peter Manning said he thought Boyz Torque 'had a good show' of winning at Laidlaw Park.
"He's a good little horse, he hasn't had many wins, but runs a lot of places. He's become more consistent," he said.
Boyz Torque did have a slight drop in class, after running fourth at Terang in his last start, second at Horsham and prior to that, the four year old won at Terang.
It was his fifth career win from 53 starts, which includes four second and six third placings.
Manning has had Boyz Torque since the beginning of his career and has also trained his siblings Torque Attraction (who had since gone to stud) and Effective Torque.
Monday's win was again particularly fitting for Manning, who knew the late Rachael Gration quite well.
Mrs Gration (formerly McGrath) used to work with Manning at his Great Western stables and the Mannings and McGraths have enjoyed a long association.
Mrs Gration's brother, Shannon McGrath, presented Manning with the trophy which was donated by the McGrath family.
Peter Manning adds the McGrath family trophy to his other Stawell Harness Racing Club feature wins this year, the Kaye Matthews Tribute and Dale Giles Memorial Pace.