Melbourne First Up For Manawanui
He has tentatively pencilled him down for a first up start in Sydney but may well take him to Melbourne instead.
This is a result of there not being enough suitable lead up races in Sydney for the 2011 Golden Rose winner as he is being prepared for the Sportingbet Cox Plate in October.
"At the moment we are looking at the Warwick Stakes and also Melbourne," Leemon said to AAP.
"There is not much for him in Sydney in August and September but there are a lot of races in Melbourne.
"I'll have a good look over the next couple of weeks but I'm not really worried about where he starts first.
"It's a way off yet."
Manawanui was sent to the paddock earlier than suspected after tiring in the Randwick Guineas, which followed two very close seconds.
The talented gelding put on about 50kgs during his spell and Leemon stated he was still pretty burly.
"He's still got a grass belly," he said.
"We won't have an all weather training track at Warwick Farm until September so all his work has been on the sand.
"He will have two barrier trials before he races again to help with his fitness."
During last year’s spring carnival, Manawanui came second to Helmet in the Caulfield Guineas and was given a taste of the Cox Plate when convincingly winning the AAMI Vase over the Cox Plate distance 2040 metres.
"The Cox Plate is the race we have always had in mind," Leemon said.
Manawanui’s connections have knocked back offers from potential Asian buyers.
The Oratorio gelding’s resume is currently standing at six wins and four placings from 12 starts with prize money in excess of $1.3 million.