Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney

Manhattan Rain has left smart 2YOs in each of his three crops but statistics show that his current juveniles are his most precocious yet.

The Teeley Assets colt Tango Rain made his contribution to those figures with a strong debut win over 1100 metres at Canterbury on Wednesday.

He jumped well from the gates and joined Fanning and Regenesis in a contest for the lead which he won, held comfortably and then extended with a good burst of speed to score by a length from the fast-finishing Golden Organic. Fanning held on for third, 2.3 lengths further back.

Watch Tango Rain’s debut win at Canterbury.

Tango Rain started at double figures but his performance didn’t surprise trainer Gerald Ryan, who has previously trained Group winners Rubick and Lucky Raquie for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen. 

Ryan said, “His work on Friday morning was exceptional, he worked against an open class horse and gave it a three length start and beat it by three lengths in really good time. Great debut. He’s a nice horse this horse.”

Tango Rain is the third winner out of city-winning 2YO Tango Fire (by Anabaa), and a three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Tango’s Daughter (by Redoute’s Choice).

He’s also Manhattan Rain’s fifth winner from 18 juvenile runners this season, after Scarlet Rain (ATC Sweet Embrace G2), Speeding Comet (also stakes-placed in Perth), the Teeley Assets home-bred Inspired Estelle (at Sandown on 4 June), and Hanover Square (successful last month at Kembla Grange).

All five are in leading stables (Gai Waterhouse, Simon Miller, Mick Price, Peter & Paul Snowden and Gerald Ryan) and more can be expected of them with further maturity next season. The Lady Trainer’s latest reports on Twitter indicate that Scarlet Rain is already working well over 800 metres at three-quarter pace.

Manhattan Rain is among this season’s top six Third Crop Sires with Australian earnings of more than $2 million, to which his 2YOs have contributed a handy $430,000.   

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