Manhattan Rain To Arrowfield Stud

Glamour colt MANHATTAN RAIN (Encosta De Lago – Shantha’s Choice, by Canny Lad) has been retired from racing and will stand at Arrowfield Stud, Scone alongside his illustrious half brother Redoute’s Choice.

Manhattan Rain became his sire’s first G1 winning 2YO colt when he triumphed in the 2009 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes. Other highlights of his 2YO racing career included a win in the G3 AJC Skyline Stakes and subsequent placings in the other two legs of the 2YO triple crown, the G1 STC Golden Slipper Stakes and the G1 AJC Champagne Stakes.

On completion of his 2YO season Manhattan Rain was rated joint leading colt on the ANZ Classifications at 114, only one point behind the Golden Slipper winning gelding Phelan Ready.

The Spring of Manhattan Rain’s 3YO career saw the colt finish third in the G1 MRC Caulfield Guineas followed by a brave second in Australasia’s premier Weight For Age contest the MVRC W.S. Cox Plate.

Manhattan Rain’s only unplaced runs were in his only two starts this Autumn and were clearly affected by coltish behavior in the barriers. It is for this reason the owner Mr Muzaffar Yaseen elected to retire the colt. Manhattan Rain goes to stud with placings in 9 of his 11 starts and career earnings of $1,311,200.

“Manhattan Rain is a lightly raced Group One winner by a Champion Stallion out of a Champion Broodmare. His half brother Redoute’s Choice is an outstanding success at stud and we are delighted that Mr Yaseen has seen fit to place this colt’s stud career in Arrowfield’s care,” said Arrowfield Chairman John Messara.

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