Thewizardofoz wins again at Sha Tin

Hong Kong 3YO Thewizardofoz has backed up his very good debut win with a stylish victory in excellent time at Sha Tin on Sunday evening.

The son of Redoute’s Choice settled midfield on the rail in the Class 3 1200m event, requiring only minor magic from Joao Moreira to steer him out on the turn and urge him forward for an easy 1.5 length win in 1:08.69.

The margin flattered most of the field because only Arrowfield graduate Blizzard (by Starcraft) managed to cut into Thewizardofoz’s lead by running the fastest last 400m of the race in 21.49. Redoute’s Choice has a say in Blizzard’s pedigree too, as the sire of his dam Stormy Choice.

Thewizardofoz was bred by Tony Bott and the Siu family who are partners in Evergreen Stud, and is raced by Martin Siu Kim-sum who paid $3 million in 2009 for his dam, the top-class racemare Princess Coup (by Encosta de Lago), winner of four New Zealand Group 1 races from 1600 to 2400 metres.  There is definite magic about the Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross, so far responsible for Musir, Beneteau, Burnstone, Peeping & Essington among 22 runners.

Thewizardofoz received his early education in the Gai Waterhouse stable, winning his third trial at Randwick last October before his transfer to Hong Kong in December. He is one of 37 winners so far from Redoute’s Choice’s 2011 crop and is a prime pick to join the six stakeswinners, headed by Majmu, Hampton Court and the Arrowfield colts Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, that it has already produced.

Princess Coup, also dam of Sydney winner Vanilla Princess, has a 2YO filly by Redoute’s Choice, a yearling colt and a weanling filly by Fastnet Rock and is in foal to Snitzel.

Moreira also combined with Arrowfield graduate Not Listenin’tome to take out the  Sha Tin Vase HK-1 on the same card. It was the John Moore-trained, Matthew Wong-owned gelding’s first win since his 3YO career in Australia where he won the MTRC Zeditave S. G3 and was twice runner-up in Group 1 company behind Appearance and Zoustar.

Not Listenin’tome was bred by Michael Pitt & Mark Read and bought for $270,000 from Arrowfield’s 2012 Inglis Easter draft by George Moore Bloodstock. Flame of Sydney, also by Encosta de Lago and in foal to Snitzel, was bought for $605,000 by Yu Long Investments at last month’s Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.

Arrowfield-sired mares make Millions

It may seem to a casual observer of the bloodstock business that juicy investment returns are reserved for colts.

Certainly, the multi-million-dollar deal-making buzz around prospective stallions is intoxicating and, when the deals are completed, very rewarding, even life-changing for their fortunate owners.

However, fillies can generate significant results too. The Select Session of this week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale featured six mares sold for $1 million or more, and four of them, including the two most expensive mares, are by Arrowfield stallions. One of them was also bred & sold as a yearling by Arrowfield, and another is in foal to Snitzel.   

The top-priced mare was Group 1 winner Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais), bred by Arrowfield & Katsumi Yoshida and bought as a yearling from Arrowfield’s 2012 Magic Millions draft by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron. They paid $240,000 on behalf of a group of owners who enjoyed three wonderful seasons of racing with Sweet Idea, winner of 8 races (five at Group 1 & 2 level) and $2.4 million.

On Wednesday she was offered by Widden Stud on behalf of her owners and one of them, Nick Vass, paid $1.6 million to own her outright. All-up, excluding training & racing costs, Sweet Idea has returned 16 times her original purchase price, and she still has a breeding career ahead of her.

The Sale’s second-highest price was the $1.5 million bid by Arrowfield’s Jon Freyer on behalf of Mr Yoshida for dual Group 1 winner Response (Charge Forward-Live It Up), bred by Andrew & Laska Bowcock and sold for $50,000 to Barry & Midge Griffiths at the 2008 Inglis Easter Sale.

Response earned more than $800,000 on the track, was sold for $840,000 after her retirement to SF Bloodstock  and her first foal, a Fastnet Rock filly, made $1,050,000 earlier this year. She has a weanling colt by Exceed and Excel and is due to foal to Snitzel this Spring.

Not A Single Doubt’s Group 2-winning daughter Villa Verde, knocked down for $1.1 million to James Bester & the Deep Field Syndicate, was originally sold in utero when her dam Young and Free was sold for $10,500 by Arrowfield as agent in 2010. 

The buyer, Melbourne breeder Todd Lichti, sold Villa Verde as a yearling for $95,000 to trainer Shaun Dwyer acting for his clients Mike Buys and Rob Willis. The brilliant grey mare earned them more than $650,000 prizemoney which, together with this week’s sale, means she has covered her original price 18 times over.  

Rounding out this quartet of million-dollar mamas was Varenna Miss (Redoute’s Choice-Mica’s Pride) whose status as a Group 2-winning daughter of a champion sire & leading broodmare sire was enhanced by the multiple Group One success of her younger half-brother Criterion.

Like Response, Varenna Miss was presented by Newgate Farm and, in foal to Pierro, was bought for $1 million by Emirates Park.

She was originally purchased for $80,000 as a 2YO by Glenn Fraser from her breeder Twin Palms Stud and won more than $360,000 in a career that featured a BRC QTC Cup G2 victory and a pair of Group 1 fourths.

Stakes double for Redoute's Choice

Strawberry Boy and La Amistad put up equally dominant performances over very different distances on Saturday to give their champion sire Redoute’s Choice his fifth same-day stakes double this season.

Strawberry Boy claimed his first Group win in the $125,000 BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup 1600m G3 at Doomben with a strong front-running performance piloted by Zac Purton.

The 6YO gelding took an early lead, settled into a lovely rhythm and repelled the challenge of Estonian Princess before drawing away in the straight for a stylish 2.5 length victory. Lucky Lago and I’m Imposing filled the placings.

Trained by Chris Waller for owner and breeder John Singleton, Strawberry Boy earned black capital status in the Ladies Day Cup LR at Hawkesbury last November. He has now won eight of his 23 starts for prizemoney of more than $550,000. 

Strawberry Boy is from the fine broodmare Strawberry Girl (by Strawberry Road) whose eight earlier winners include Group 2 winner Danroad and stakeswinners Newtown Jet & Tippitaka. Sadly, their dam died last year, soon after foaling a colt by Not A Single Doubt.

A couple of hours later at Flemington La Amistad brought back memories of her famous big sister, three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, with a decisive victory in Flemington’s “other 3200-metre race”, the Andrew Ramsden S. LR.

Damien Oliver was happy to settle La Amistad at the back of the field and found that the further they went, the stronger she felt. By the home turn, she was ready to chase down the leader Lucciola and then hold off the fast-finishing Sonntag and Zabeelionaire to score by two lengths in 3:22.79.

The 5YO mare’s evident progress since her McKell Cup LR win at Randwick a year ago makes a 2015 Melbourne Cup campaign a realistic possibility for trainers Hawkes Racing and her owners Tony & Deslee Santic, Greg Ingham and Michael Sullivan.

La Amistad is from another first-class broodmare Tugela (by Riverman), who also died last Spring after delivered her 11th foal, a filly by All Too Hard. Makybe Diva, La Amistad’s Group 2-winning brother Musket and Group 3 winner Valkyrie Diva established Tugela’s worth some time ago.

It’s been a bountiful season for Redoute’s Choice, with 15 winners of 23 Group & Listed races in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, including five winners of 7 Group 1 races: Lankan Rupee, Majmu, Bonaria, Hampton Court & Wylie Hall. 

His four other stakes doubles since 1 August were achieved by Panzer Division (Sydney) & Rock Magic (Perth) on 6 September; Bonaria (Melbourne) & Majmu (South Africa) on 1 November; Scissor Kick (Sydney) & Vavasour (New Zealand) on 7 February; and Wylie Hall (South Africa) & Abidewithme (New Zealand) on 25 April. 

Into The Red back in the black

Not A Single Doubt notched up his fourth stakeswinner in six weeks when his 4YO son Into The Red shot through on the rail to win Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Ascot H. 1200m LR at Doomben by more than two lengths in race record time of 1:09.22.

It was the gelding’s first return to the winner’s stall since December 2013 when he won the BRC Gold Edition Plate LR, but his career since then has been spent almost entirely in stakes company, reflecting the assessment of his talent by trainer Kelso Wood.

Bred by Todd McKeon & partners, Into The Red was a $100,000 purchase by John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

He has now earned more than $230,000 for his owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews, who also raced Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Not A Single Doubt’s latest series of black type highlights began on 11 April, when 2YO The Grey Flash won the SAJC Sires’ Produce S. G3.

A week later Gypsy Diamond added the ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3, and on 2 May Miracles Of Life scored her second Group win, in the SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes. 

Not A Single Doubt is currently 5th on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list and 10th on the General table, with 111 winners and season earnings of $5.7 million.

Manhattan Light impresses at Flemington

Manhattan Rain’s 2YO daughter Manhattan Light raced at Flemington on Saturday as if she had read Gai Waterhouse’s Tip Sheet comments about her:

The step up to 1400m will really suit this filly. She always has looked a filly that will get better with racing and with more distance and now over the seven furlongs she gets her chance to kick start her career. The run around a corner too will benefit the daughter of the great Manhattan Rain. Barrier five suits, she has no weight and she is a great each way chance at decent odds. Each way hope.

Manhattan Light and Stephen Baster took early control of the pace and, when pressured in the straight, the filly stuck on determinedly to finish second, a length behind Dynamic Day and in front of the Redoute’s Choice colt Top Ravine.

Manhattan Light was passed in at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, so is raced by her breeder Muzaffar Yaseen who also bred & raced her sire.  Her dam is the Royal Academy mare Whisper Bay, a stakes-winning half-sister to the dam of Group 1 winner Hurtle Myrtle, from the family of Golden Slipper winner Star Watch.

Whisper Bay was sold for $210,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Teeley Dispersal and foaled a Manhattan Rain colt last Spring.

Manhattan Rain’s first-crop 3YOs have attracted most attention this season with Moonovermanhattan, Manapine, Ondina, Crafty, Manhattan Avenue and Light Up Manhattan all winning or placing in Group & Listed Races.

However,  Manhattan Rain himself was a high-class Group 1-winning 2YO, so it’s not surprising to see his some of his progeny emerging in city and stakes class at that age. Moonovermanhattan and Crafty won in black type company in the second half of last season, and this year Manhattan Blues has been second in the MRC Inglis 2YO Premier (R) LR and a terrific fourth in the Blue Diamond S. G1.

Animal Kingdom's Derby still exceptional

None of the four Kentucky Derby winners since Animal Kingdom’s imperious 2011 victory have matched either the actual distance he ran, or his exceptional time for the final quarter-mile.

This is revealed by the Trakus data compiled at Churchill Downs for each of the last five Derbys, won by Animal Kingdom, I’ll Have Another, Orb, California Chrome and American Pharaoh.

Animal Kingdom covered 6,760 feet in the Derby, after settling off the rail during the race and swinging wide to claim the lead in the straight. That’s 160 feet or about 50 metres further than the official distance of 10 furlongs (2000m).

Nonetheless, Animal Kingdom ran a fast overall time of 2.02.04 with his last quarter-mile (about 400 metres) in 23.84 seconds  – 2.68 seconds faster than the Zayat family’s outstanding colt. The next-fastest last quarter-mile in the past five years was the 25.80 seconds posted by I’ll Have Another in 2012, and he covered 80 feet less during the race than Animal Kingdom had done a year earlier.

The Churchill Downs track was rated fast in 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015, and only Orb in 2013 had to deal with a surface rated “sloppy”.

Eighteen months after the Derby Animal Kingdom produced another extraordinary finish when he returned from a long break after injury to run second in the Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup Mile G1 on turf, won by Wise Dan in the near world record time of 1:31.78.

In March 2013 his championship acceleration took Animal Kingdom to a famous victory in the Dubai World Cup G1, held on Meydan’s tapeta surface. This time, however, he produced sensational mid-race sectionals, clocking 23.20 for the 1600-1200m (the single fastest split in the whole race) and 23.60  from 1200-800m.

Furthermore, Animal Kingdom travelled 17 metres further than runner-up Red Cadeaux,. Adjusting the final winning margin of two lengths for this extra distance suggests that Animal Kingdom was more than 8 lengths better at Meydan than Red Cadeaux.

The subsequent Group 1 form of the horses behind Animal Kingdom in Dubai has firmly franked his performance.

Red Cadeaux has since run magnificent seconds to Protectionist in the 2013 VRC Melbourne Cup G1 and behind Criterion in the 2015 ATC Queen Elizabeth S. G1. Planteur (3rd) was second in the Longchamp Prix d’Ispahan at his next start, while Side Glance (4th) was subsequently third in the 2013 Arlington Million and won the VRC L.K.S. MacKinnon Stakes.

African Story (5th) returned to Meydan to win the 2014 Dubai World Cup; Meandre (6th) won the 2013 Cologne Preis von Europa; Hunter’s Light (7th) won the 2015 Meydan Jebel Hatta S.; and by the end of 2013 champion US mare Royal Delta (10th) had boosted her stellar record with her fifth & sixth Grade 1 successes and her third Eclipse Award.

As Trakus analyst Pat Cummings wrote afterwards, “Let there be no doubt that Animal Kingdom’s race in the Dubai World Cup was phenomenal.”

Flying Spur closes on 100 stakeswinners

A milestone century of stakeswinners is well within the grasp of Arrowfield’s retired champion sire Flying Spur after a tremendous sequence of results last Saturday.

His daughters Okahu Bay and Hazard supplied a Group 3 double at Morphettville while his son That’s A Good Idea capped a fine season with success in Listed company at Scone.

They took Flying Spur’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 97, a figure that, with his final crop only 2YOs, can be expected to increase over the next year or two.

3YO Okahu Bay defied punters’ expectations to lead all the way in the 2500-metre $115,000 SAJC SA Fillies Classic G3 for her owner-breeders Alan & Colleen Jackson.

Trainer Phillip Stokes said, “We knew she’d run the distance…She got into a nice rhythm and she was strong at the end.

“We’ve brought her up slowly through the provincials. She hasn’t had any hard runs and we got her to peak on the day so it’s great.”

Okahu Bay is the third live foal of Acacia Bay (by Rodrigo de Triano), a Sydney-winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Calveen, Group winners Kosi Bay & Fireworks and Listed winner Striker.

Godolphin’s talented mare Hazard went into the $115,000 SAJC Proud Miss S. 1200m G3 with a reputation for consistency earned during a  four-season, eight-win career that lacked only a stakes victory. A perfectly judged ride by Ben Melham helped her put that right, by finishing over the top of Miss Promiscuity and Nadeem Lass.

Co-trainer Lee Freedman said, “Hazard is probably the mare that has been knocking on the door to win a black type race…I can’t really fault her.”

Hazard is the fourth stakeswinner from the excellent broodmare Dawn Attack (by Fantastic Light), also the dam of Group winners Antelucan, Crucial and Java, and herself a half-sister to Champion Irish 3YO and successful sire Desert King.

That’s A Good Idea ended the day with his eighth career win in the Arrowfield Stud-sponsored $140,000 Scone RC Ortensia S. 1100m LR, a result that also helped to secure the meeting’s Golden Whip award for jockey Hugh Bowman.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden for Colin Charlwood, That’s A Good Idea was bred by the Estate of the late Bruce Reid from the stakes-placed Sunday Silence mare Sunday Service, also the dam of stakeswinner Kneeling.

There’s good evidence of Flying Spur’s ability to improve his record as his last few crops mature. His seven current season stakeswinners have all come from his 2009 and 2011 crops,  and his 4YOs earn, on average, three times more than his younger progeny.

Flying Spur’s 5YO stakeswinners this season are dual Group 1 winner Sacred Star (who goes for his third consecutive Group 1 success in Saturday’s Doomben 10,000), Hazard, That’s A Good Idea & Singapore star Zac Spirit, while his current 3YOs feature Okahu Bay and Perth stakeswinner Boom Time.

He has several 3YOs who look capable of progressing to success in stakes company. Among them are four fillies, all with leading trainers: Traveston Girl (Group 1-placed for Tony Gollan),  Ataab (Group-placed in South Africa for Mike de Kock),  Aerobar (with Gerald Ryan in Sydney) and Down the Hatch (with Robbie Griffiths in Melbourne).

Those fillies are already valuable as future broodmares, given Flying Spur’s great record in that department: 56 stakeswinners, five of them Group 1 winners. 

Fourth on the current Australian Broodmare Sires’ list with $7.8 million prizemoney, Flying Spur appears as the damsire of eight stakeswinners this season. They include Preferment (VRC Victoria Derby G1), Group 2 winners Moonovermanhattan & Speak Fondly, Group 3 winners Heart Testa, Thump and, in England, Royal Razalma.

Flying Spur’s sire sons haven’t made the same impact as his daughters, but he does have eight stakes-siring sons, headed by Casino Prince (9 SW including Champion 3YO All Too Hard), Magnus (7 SW) and Jet Spur (6 SW).

Now rising 23, Flying Spur grazes peacefully at the farm he helped to build, but he still shines brightly as a first-magnitude star in Danehill’s extraordinary dynasty.

Beneteau & Wandjina win HTBA awards

Arrowfield Stud was delighted to accept two trophies at the 2015 Hunter Valley Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Annual Awards Dinner, held at Scone Racecourse on Wednesday evening.

The Stud’s young home-bred sire Beneteau was named Champion First Season Sire, inevitably a bittersweet achievement given that he died in January 2013, after only two seasons at stud. The award was sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research & Barastoc.

Beneteau (Redoute’s Choice-Slice of Paradise by Encosta de Lago), a juvenile Group 3 winner and third in the Blue Diamond S. G1, has produced seven individual winners from his first crop including Prompt Return (VRC Maribyrnong P. G3), Lady Jivago  (ATC Inglis 2YO Classic (R) LR), Voilier (City winner & 2nd, ATC Silver Slipper S. G2), impressive Sydney winner Aegean Sea and the stakes-placed It’s Vegas Baby.

Beneteau took the lead on the 2014/15 Australian First Season Sires’ list last November and remains on top with prizemoney of $666,235. The rise and rise of Arrowfield’s other two sons of Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, only enlarges the gap Beneteau’s early death has left in the ranks of Australia’s young stallions.

Another Arrowfield-bred colt, Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba by Last Tycoon) was named Champion 3YO Colt on the strength of his VRC Australian Guineas G1 victory and Group 1 placings in the ATC All Aged S. G1 and MRC Caulfield Guineas G1. The award was sponsored by Equilaw.

Purchased by James Harron for $1 million at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, and trained by Gai Waterhouse for Edmund & Belinda Bateman, Wandjina now has Royal Ascot in his sights before retiring to stud at Newgate Farm this coming Spring.

Wandjina is one of four Arrowfield-bred Group 1 winners this season, along with Sweet Idea (ATC The Galaxy H. G1), Hot Snitzel (BRC BTC Cup G1), both by Snitzel, and Majmu (Turffontein Empress Club S. G1), by Redoute’s Choice. As Arrowfield celebrates its 30th year of operation, they have taken the total of Group 1 winners bred by the Stud to forty.

An additional 14 Group 1 winners, including Lankan Rupee and Miracles of Life, have been raised and/or sold by Arrowfield during those three decades.

 

First Light charges forward at Flemington

Melbourne-based syndicators Tim Wilson and Sam Kilkenny of First Light Racing celebrated a valuable Flemington victory last Saturday with a large group of very happy owners and trainers Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra.

The horse responsible for the big smiles and a subsequent stream of ecstatic tweets was Charge Forward’s 3YO daughter Face Forward whose fourth win took her prizemoney close to $130,000. Bred and sold by Torryburn Stud, Face Forward, from the Danehill mare Endearment, is a graduate of the 2013 Magic Million Gold Coast Sale.

It’s not the first time the son of Red Ransom has put First Light and their owners in the winner’s circle. In fact, First Light’s very first purchase was a Charge Forward filly from the Arrowfield draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Tim picks up the story.

“Mat and Simon had already tasted Group 1 success with Charge Forward’s daughter, the two-time Group 1 winner Response, so it didn’t take long for us to fall in love with a Charge Forward filly at the Magic Millions that was later named Menage A Charge.

“She was a Session 2 filly, a little backward, but she had the traits we’ve grown to identify in the Charge Forward yearlings and that attracts us to them: she was strong, with a good temperament and a fantastic mover, but above all else she had great size to her hindquarter and she immediately drew physical comparisons with Response as a yearling.

“Within six months Menage A Charge was flying around Flemington and like Response she went on to be a great success story for the stable. Obviously, Response won two Group Ones, sold for $840,000 as a broodmare at the end of her career and then her first foal last year cracked the $1 million barrier back at the Magic Millions, so she’s an incredible story.

“While not on the same scale, Menage A Charge did a wonderful job for our stable becoming our first city-winning two-year-old when she won down the straight at Flemington. She was FLR’s inaugural Racehorse Of The Year winner and she put our syndication company on the map. Until a few weeks ago I personally still rated her the most talented racehorse to wear our colours.

“Even though Face Forward and Not A Single Doubt filly Not A Happy Camper were also very talented city winners for the stable, I didn’t think they shared the sheer brilliance of Menage A Charge. I’ve probably got to reconsider that now Face Forward has won four times, including three city wins from her first seven starts. Her city wins have all been emphatic by good margins and on Saturday while she ‘only’ won by a length, her time of 1:09.77 for a filly carrying 58.5kgs was pretty brilliant.

“Like Menage A Charge, Face Forward wasn’t a big yearling, but she was powerful, moved well and like her Dad, you could see she would be a ball of muscle once she matured. Like Menage A Charge, she won a very early two-year-old trial at home, before we had to show patience with her due to a bit of immaturity in her knees.

“She then won her first two starts as a Spring three-year-old including beating a smart field at Moonee Valley and she’s now returned in the Autumn to win twice again at metropolitan level.

“We paid $105,000 for Face Forward in 2013 and she was our first ever six-figure yearling purchase, but she’s already covered that easily in prizemoney and like recent Charge Forward mares retired to stud (Response, Cavalry Rose, Assail) she’s going to give her owners a nice return when her career concludes. We will consider giving her a crack at stakes grade back at Flemington in a fortnight’s time and if she can get a black type result she’s going to be very valuable.”

First Light’s early success with Charge Forward’s stock has encouraged the team to buy two more yearlings by him, as Tim explains.

“We’ve got a really nice two-year-old filly named Seven Love who’s not far away now and our first colt by him this year. That’s a Charge Forward yearling each year for the last four years, all from Magic Millions, and so far we’re two from two with Menage A Charge and Face Forward both Flemington winners.

“We’d love to see lightning strike a third and fourth time as both Seven Love and our unnamed yearling colt have the same depth of hindquarter, and lovely moving attributes of the two star fillies – so fingers crossed the good times keep coming.

“The Chargies are obviously our favourite breed and I’ve got to admit every time a new catalogue arrives at the office, the first thing we do is check out the progeny by Charge Forward. I guarantee they’ll be the first yearlings we inspect in 2016 and hopefully many more years to come.”

Smart Manhattan Rain filly wins again

Manhattan Rain’s 3YO daughter Wild Rain continued her steady progress with a dashing all-the-way win over 1050 metres at Morphettville on Saturday.

Wild Rain began well for jockey Damien Oliver, quickly took control of the pace, and rolled along in front very comfortably. When the challenges appeared in the straight, she responded to Oliver’s hands-and-heels urging and extended impressively to score by two lengths from Cashed and Duckworth.

The chestnut filly broke her maiden by 8 lengths at Kyneton in December and stepped up immediately to city class on 3 January at Moonee Valley where she prevailed in a hard-fought finish by a half-length.

A third and a sixth at Flemington followed before trainer Mark Kavanagh sent her to Adelaide for the third win in her eight-start career.

Bred by Arrowfield and John Leaver, Wild Rain is from North Flower (by Rory’s Jester), herself a 2YO winner at Morphettville and a half-sister to the dam of 2003 Horse of the Year Northerly, and Group winners North Boy and Northern Song.

North Flower has also left the stakes-placed city winner Flowerchild to Redoute’s Choice, and has an unraced 2YO filly by Starcraft named Tahlia Star and a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom.

Wild Rain was a $150,000 Kavanagh buy from Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and is raced by Isobel & Levi Kavanagh, Brett Griffith & Tim Storey of Collins St Partners, Wade McKibben, Stan & Anna Hunt and Gary and Rhonda Ma.

It has been a productive fortnight for Manhattan Rain, also the sire of Mr Manhattan (Sydney winner on 28 April), Bear-Pop (Hong Kong winner on 3 May), Right Or Wrong (who posted his second win from 4 starts at Ipswich on 6 May), and Manapine, already a Flemington stakeswinner and a good fifth in Saturday’s South Australian Derby G1.

Manhatan Rain holds fourth position on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with $1.6 million prizemoney and 29 winners including stakeswinners Moonovermanhattan, Ondina and Manapine.