Manhattan Rain colt scores by a Street

Manhattan Rain added the 7th stakeswinner to his CV when Manhattan Street won Saturday’s $50,000 Levin RC Ryder S. 1200m LR by 6.5 lengths from Cortado and Impulsive Habit.

The 2YO colt was recording his third win in 3 starts, following his debut success at Otaki last month, and again at Awapuni on 9 July.  It was also Manhattan Rain’s second stakeswinner this month, after Wild Rain’s success in the MRC Sir John Monash S. G3 on 16 July.

Trainer Lisa Latta, who prepares Manhattan Street for Lincoln Farms, Neville McAlister and Wellfield Lodge, said, “He had a really quiet early two-year-old preparation so we’ll continue to press forward and he will head to the Wanganui Guineas.”

That race also carries Listed status and will be run over 1340 metres on 3 September.

The steady hands of jockey Jonathan Riddell were an asset to Manhattan Street on the extremely testing ground. He said,  “He’s a lovely horse and a pleasure to ride.”

Manhattan Street was bred by Teeley Assets from Charming Estelle (by Redoute’s Choice), a full sister to 2014 World Champion Sprinter & Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee. Offered as a weanling in the Teeley Reduction presented by Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale, Manhattan Street was bought for $130,000 by the RMB Trust.

The combination of Manhattan Rain with daughters of his champion half-brother has so far produced five winners from 10 runners, including this season’s good Sydney 3YO Man of Choice, three times placed in Group company, including a third in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Charming Estelle, now owned by Arrowfield & GSA Bloodstock, has a rising 2YO colt by Manhattan Rain, purchased for $90,000 by Hong Kong buyer F. Li from Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter draft.  She is due to foal to champion Japanese sire Deep Impact in early August.

Manhattan Street is the third stakeswinner, after Scarlet Rain & Wild Rain, and one of nine stakes performers for Manhattan Rain this season. With 40 winners and earnings of $2.4 million he ends 2015-16 among the top five third-crop sires based in Australia.

Smart new 2YO winner for Manhattan Rain

Arrowfield graduate 2YO Platinum Dragon delivered on the ability he’d shown trainer Lisa Latta with a good maiden victory over 1000m at Tauherenikau in New Zealand on Friday afternoon.

He is the 23rd individual winner this season by Manhattan Rain, steadily carving out an excellent record with his first two crops.

The classy son of the now-retired champion sire Encosta De Lago holds third position on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with earnings of just over $1 million, a total that may receive a big boost on Saturday if Manhattan Blues can win the $250,000 MRC 2YO Inglis Premier (R) LR at Sandown. 

Platinum Dragon was a $210,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft by Latta on behalf of long-time stable clients Lincoln Farms and Neville McAlister.

He is superbly and intriguingly bred, being a son of champion Lankan Rupee’s full sister Charming Estelle, by Manhattan Rain’s half-brother Redoute’s Choice. Like all these horses and Manhattan Rain himself, Platinum Dragon was bred by Teeley Assets.

It’s not surprising that Manhattan Rain, whose pedigree is free of Danehill, is doing well with mares by the supersire and his sons, including Flying Spur (damsire of Moonovermanhattan) and Danzero (damsire of Group 3-placed Manhattan Avenue). Flying Spur brings in another element of inbreeding because his dam Rolls is the grand-dam of Manhattan Rain’s sire Encosta de Lago.

Manhattan Rain has nine yearlings in the Inglis Classic Sale which begins on 8 February. They include Arrowfield’s filly from the Anabaa mare Opalize.

Record price for Manhattan Rain weanling

The quality support received by first season sire Manhattan Rain was highlighted by a new record price of $130,000 at Sunday’s Select Session of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale .

That was paid by New Zealand buyer RMB Trust for the colt from Charming Estelle, a full sister to champion sprinter Lankan Rupee.

Charming Estelle herself, once again in foal to Manhattan Rain, will be sold on Wednesday as part of the much anticipated Teeley Dispersal of broodmares. In all twenty-two of those mares are in foal to Manhattan Rain.

Two other Manhattan Rain weanlings attracted bids of $72,500. Magic Millions as agent signed for the filly from Weekend Gossip (by Hussonet) a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Mentality and already dam of 2YO Group winner I’m All The Talk.  New Zealand agent Paul Willetts bought the filly from juvenile stakeswinner Beauty School (by Royal Academy).

Teeley Assets bred and raced Manhattan Rain to Group 1 2YO success, and has supported him with more than 70 bookings in his first four years at stud.

Arrowfield Stud’s Jon Freyer says, “It’s a great boost for any young stallion to attract even one or two Teeley mares, but Mr Yaseen has given Manhattan Rain outstanding support which means there is a large number of exceptionally well-bred young horses and unborn foals by him in the system.”

Manhattan Rain has made a fine start to his stud career, with the Mick Price-trained debut Group 3 winner Moonovermanhattan and stakes-placed Chengdu & Light Up Manhattan among his first 2YO runners this season.

Manhattan Rain stands at a 2014 fee of $16,500 inc. GST.