Mr Manhattan scores third city win
Manhattan Rain’s son Mr Manhattan continued his steady progress through the grades with his third city success, at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The 4YO gelding started favourite despite drawing the widest gate, and jumped best of the ten runners in the Benchmark 78, 1000-metre event. Josh Parr eased him back to settle third last, but the pair spent little time in that position, as Mr Manhattan quickly tracked forward around the home turn.
He over-hauled the determined leader Eminent Duke just before the 50-metre mark and drove home strongly enough to stave off Orujo by a quarter-length, with Eminent Duke holding third.
Mr Manhattan has now won four of his 7 starts for his trainer Joe Pride and a large group of owners including his breeders Paul Whelan’s Luskin Park Stud & Wilf & Rosemary Mula’s Aston Bloodstock.
Mr Manhattan is a half-brother to Listed winner Dublin Lass from Fashion Police (by Elusive Quality), and traces to the significant broodmare Lady Lustre whose other descendants include Champion 2YO Filly Midnight Fever, Group 1 winner Rock Classic and Group winners Astrodame, Carnegie House, Spurtonic, Startling Lass, Leveller & Mahisara.
Fashion Police also has a 2YO colt named Crafty Cop (by Starcraft) and in August foaled a filly by Snitzel.