First stakes performer for Manhattan Rain

First stakes performer for Manhattan Rain

First season sire Manhattan Rain posted his first stakes performer on Saturday in Perth when 2YO colt Chengdu was a close second in the $100,000 Perth S. 1100m LR.

The son of Two Beauties (by Red Ransom) was a $140,000 purchase from breeder Newhaven Park by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  His dam is a winning half-sister to Hong Kong Champion Sprinter Absolute Champion, from the family of Group 1 winners Drum, Anamato, Grand Armee & Dealer Principal.

Chengdu’s first two starts for owners Craig Thompson & David Walpole (who also raced top-class mare Hallowell Belle) produced a third placing to subsequent Group performer Ygritte and a sixth behind Saturday’s Randwick Group 2 winner Valentia.

The colt was then transferred to the stable of leading Perth trainer Dan Morton who very nearly delivered a perfect Ascot debut when the colt was beaten only a half-length by the talented Jezpark, winner of two Listed Races from five starts. That gives Chengdu a chance to start in the WATC Karrakatta Plate G2 on 29 March – he’s now 15th in the Order of Entry for the $500,000 feature.

Manhattan Rain recorded his first winner, Arrowfield graduate Downtown Manhattan (from the Aga Khan’s mare Tazkara, by Sinndar) last month.

The Group 1-winning son of Encosta de Lago has 12 yearlings on offer at next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, among them two colts and two fillies in the Arrowfield draft –  view them here.



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