One sale, three sires, 12 stakeswinners

And the leading sires by stakeswinners offered at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale are…

Well, can you guess? You’ll probably say Redoute’s Choice and Fastnet Rock, and you’d be correct. But many may be surprised that the other stallion with 4 stakeswinners is Arrowfield’s Manhattan Rain, who is something of a quiet achiever.

 Manhattan Rain, from an Easter 2013 offering of only 20 yearlings, has so far come up with:

  • Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan ($100,000; bought by Dermot Farrington; trained by Mick Price)
  • Highly promising stayer Manapine, a Listed winner over 2500 metres at Flemington this Autumn ($200,000; Badger’s Bloodstock/Nigel Blackiston)
  • Crafty, a Listed winner at 2 and Group-placed at three ($150,000; David Redvers/Robert Smerdon)
  • Ondina, winner of the SAJC Laelia S. LR (passed in at $70,000; subsequently bought by Star Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions National Sale & trained by Gai Waterhouse).

Crafty has retired to stud in Europe where she has been mated with Frankel, but Moonovermanhattan, Manapine and Ondina all stay in training. Magic Millions graduate Wild Rain has a fine chance of joining them as Manhattan Rain’s fifth stakeswinner in Saturday’s SAJC Lightning S. LR.

From an Easter 2013 offering of 32 lots Redoute’s Choice is the sire of Group 1 winners Hampton Court (purchased for $500,000 by John Warren) and Majmu ($300,000; Shadwell Australia), as well as the Group-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick, both bought by Paul Messara for $150,000 & $200,000 respectively.

From 47 lots offered Fastnet Rock has four stakes-winning graduates: Group 1 winner Magicool  ($250,000; Mark Kavanagh), plus Group winners Zululand ($1.5 million; Tom Magnier), Petrology ($200,000; Lindsay Park Bloodstock) and Lumosty ($185,000; Flemington Bloodstock).

Next on the list behind this trio is More Than Ready, sire of Group winner Nayeli and Listed winner Banaadeer from the Inglis Easter Sale two years ago.

Its graduates are about to turn four, so the Sale’s record can be expected to increase, but with 24 2YO & 3YO stakeswinners, including five Group 1 winners, it’s already looking like a vintage cohort.

Manhattan Rain matches stride with his sire

As Manhattan Rain approaches the end of his second season with runners, it’s enlightening to look at how his now-retired champion sire Encosta De Lago was travelling at the same stage of his career.

First two crops
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 All Stakes Performers

Encosta De Lago


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Manhattan Rain


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By July 2002 47% of Encosta De Lago’s first 111 runners had won, and four were stakeswinners in Melbourne, Adelaide & Tasmania: Group 3 winners Chong Tong, Gold Lottey & Lashed, and Listed winner Dragila. Another five horses had placed in stakes company among them Delago Brom, fourth in Bel Esprit’s 2002 Blue Diamond S. G1.

Manhattan Rain’s statistics are strikingly similar: 46% winners to runners, including four stakeswinners in Melbourne & Adelaide (Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan and Listed winners Crafty – also Group 2-placed – Manapine & Ondina.)  Six other stakes performers include Manhattan Blues, second in the MRC Inglis 2YO Premier (R) LR and fourth in this year’s Blue Diamond.

It’s fair to say that Manhattan Rain is doing well to equal Encosta De Lago’s number of stakeswinners with only 71% of the runners his sire fielded in 2000/01 and 2001/02.

He has also equalled his sire’s tally of first-crop 2YO stakeswinners, with Moonovermanhattan (SAJC National S. G3) & Crafty (VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR) both successful last season. Given that Manhattan Rain was himself a high-class Group 1-winning 2YO, he seems certain to leave his share of precocious horses.

However, like Dad, he has several strings to his bow. The 1000-2000m winning distance range of Encosta De Lago’s first nine stakes performers is matched by Manhattan Rain, and extended by his son Manapine, successful in the 2500-metre VRC Galilee Series Final LR. 

The general consensus is that Manhattan Rain’s progeny will appreciate a staying trip, an assessment supported by Manapine who looks a potential Cups horse, as well his first-crop Derby and Oaks horses Mooneovermanhattan, Light Up Manhattan and Crafty.

It is noteworthy that of the 27 $1 million+ Group 1 races held in Australia this season, 17 were run at 1600 metres or further, and seven of the country’s 10 richest races were run in the 2000m-3200m range.

Although Manhattan Rain’s winners are almost evenly distributed between the sexes at this stage, seven of his 10 stakes performers are colts or geldings. The gender distribution of Encosta De Lago’s winners was similarly even 13 years ago, but his early stakes-performed daughters out-numbered his sons, 6 to three. 

As so often happens, this levelled out in subsequent seasons and Encosta De Lago now claims 58 stakes-winning sons to 48 stakes-winning daughters.

Manhattan Rain shares his sire’s Danehill-free status and breeders have reasons to be confident about his affinity with mares by the supersire and his sons. Moonovermanhattan and recent stakes performer Right Or Wrong are both out of Flying Spur mares and the dam of Group 3-placed Manhattan Avenue is by Danzero.

More evidence is supplied by Encosta De Lago’s record. He’s left 15 stakeswinners to Danehill-line mares, and his daughters have produced 14 stakeswinners to Danehill’s sons, five of them to Manhattan Rain’s celebrated half-brother Redoute’s Choice.

Interestingly, Northern Meteor (by Encosta De Lago) has left multiple Group 1 winners Zoustar from a Redoute’s Choice mare, and Cosmic Endeavour from a Danehill mare.

History provides a few final hints for breeders still considering their options for the coming Spring.

The 2001/02 list of Australian Second Season Sires included two future champion stallions, but neither of them headed the table. Waikato Stud’s outstanding sire O’Reilly, with only 17 Australian runners that season, was 21st on the list, and Encosta De Lago was the runner-up to Strategic, whose best performer that year was top-class 3YO Mistegic, winner of The Galaxy G1 and three Group 2 races.

Encosta De Lago served his sixth book of mares in 2002 at a fee of $22,000 inc. GST. A year later his fee was $38,500, rising to $132,000 in 2005 and staying at six figures for the following half-dozen seasons.

At his 2015 fee of $16,500 inc. GST Manhattan Rain is an excellent option for Danehill-line mares in particular and, like his sire in 2002, there’s plenty of blue sky on the horizon.

Four success stories, one Easter draft

Ever wanted a Listed Race winner?  Hoped for a Group 3 winner?

Longed for a Group 2 winner?  Fantasised about owning a Group 1 winner?

At the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, buyers needed to visit only one draft to find all four kinds of success stories.

You guessed right, it was the Arrowfield draft.

The latest star to emerge from the 32 yearlings the Stud offered at Easter that year is Saturday’s heroic VRC C.S. Hayes S. G3 winner Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba by Last Tycoon). He was one of the most popular Arrowfield yearlings in 2013 and sold for $1 million to James Harron, acting for leading owners Edmund & Belinda Bateman.

Champion South African 2YO filly Majmu (Redoute’s Choice-Spontaneous by Hussonet) was a $300,000 purchase by Angus Gold for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud. She has raced only in black type company, winning all three of her juvenile starts, and achieving elite status with a dominant victory in December’s Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas G1.  Champion trainer Mike de Kock already rates her one of the best fillies he’s trained.

Well-known bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington was the successful bidder at $100,000 for the Manhattan Rain colt from Lunaspur (by Flying Spur). Sent to Mick Price by his owners Peter Anastasiou & Ken Biddick, he was named Moonovermanhattan and  made a dream debut, winning the SAJC National S. G3 and most of his purchase price in May 2014.

He progressed steadily to win the MVRC Moonee Valley Vase G2 as a Spring 3YO and has recently returned with Group 1 glory in his sights this Autumn.

Qatar Bloodstock’s agent David Redvers bought Crafty (Moonovermanhattan-Spirited Dancer by Sadler’s Wells) for $150,000. Sent to Robert Smerdon, she made her debut 10 months later, placing twice before a 3-length debut win at Sandown.

Two starts later she was a 2YO Listed Race winner and then, as a Spring 3YO, earned Oaks favouritism with placings in the VRC Edward Manifold S. G2 and MRC Caulfield Classic G3. Sadly, injury prematurely ended her racing career, but Crafty had already done enough to warrant the first-class stud opportunities she will now receive in the northern hemisphere.

Of these four Arrowfield graduates, only Wandjina has a sibling in this year’s Easter consignment from the Stud. That’s Lot 8, the Manhattan Rain colt from La Bamba.

However, buyers need not fear any disappointment when they arrive in a few weeks’ time at the historic Big Barn where Arrowfield’s yearlings are housed at the Inglis Easter Sale. Thirty-five yearlings await them, including colts from Miss Finland, Alinghi, Brazilian Pulse, Hollow Bullet & US grade 1 winner Miss Match, Alverta’s first daughter, Weekend Hussler’s half-sister by Redoute’s Choice, Sweet Idea’s full sister, Smart Missile’s full brother & the half-brother to Dundeel.


Manhattan Rain moves up Second Season Sires' list

For second season sire Manhattan Rain, Caulfield Cup day was something of a groundhog experience, with three of his talented 3YOs almost exactly repeating their stakes performances at Flemington two weeks ago.

However, their latest efforts were rewarded with more prizemoney, enough to elevate Manhattan Rain to the No. 2 spot on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list where he splits Turffontein and Medaglia d’Oro. Manhattan Rain’s season earnings now total $432,640.

Once again, his Arrowfield-bred daughter Crafty unwound a terrific finish, this time at the end of 2000 metres in Saturday’s $750,000 MRC Caulfield Classic G3. Once again, she was beaten a neck by her classy stablemate Fontein Ruby, but this time she was the runner-up, almost a length ahead of the colt Firehouse Rock.

Trained by Robert Smerdon for Qatar Bloodstock, and a stakeswinner last season, Crafty gives every sign of being well-suited by the 2500 metres of the VRC Oaks G1 for which she is the early favourite.

Light Up Manhattan, trained by Ciaron Maher, filled fourth position in the Caulfield Classic, the same place he occupied in Listed company over 1800 metres on 4 October.  However, this time the Victoria Derby contender finished much closer and his jockey Hugh Bowman said, “Very good run. He’ll enjoy getting to Flemington.”

Once again, a half-neck margin separated the Mick Price-trained Manhattan Avenue from Stratum Star, but this time it was Manhattan Avenue doing the chasing. The post came up just too soon for him in the $120,000 Gothic S. 1400m LR, but his determination under pressure was, once again, impressive.

Crafty, Light Up Manhattan, Manhattan Avenue are among Manhattan Rain’s five stakes performers, and Music Man, successful at Gosford on Sunday, took his tally of winners to eleven.

The Manhattan Rains pour it on at Flemington

Top four finishes by Manhattan Rain’s three stakes runners on Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington showed their readiness for upcoming Spring Classic engagements.

Qatar Bloodstock’s filly Crafty (ex Spirited Dancer by Sadler’s Wells) powered home for third, beaten only a head and a short head by her game stablemate Fontein Ruby and the favourite Maastricht in the $200,000 VRC Edward Manifold S. 1600m G2.

Crafty settled near the rear of the field, making ground around the turn and doing her best work over the final 600 metres, running it in 34.09, faster than both the winner and the runner-up.  “A very good run” was jockey Craig Williams’ summation of Crafty’s effort.

Already the winner of the VRC Gibson Carmichael S. LR as a late 2YO, Crafty’s principal Spring target is the $1 million VRC Oaks G1 on 6 November.

The Mick Price-trained colt Manhattan Avenue (ex Tizzy May by Danzero) settled fifth on the rail in the $120,000 VRC Yellowglen Vintage S. 1400m LR, then pushed forward between horses soon after the turn and hit the lead 200 metres from the post. Stratum Star emerged quickly behind him and caught him just short of the post to win by a half-neck, with two lengths to Kapset in third place.

Light Up Manhattan (ex Luminata by Zabeel) was sixth during the running of the $120,000 UCI S. 1800m LR and galloped home staunchly for fourth, though well behind the first three. He and Manhattan Avenue are both nominated for the $1.5 million Victoria Derby G1 on 1 November.

Manhattan Rain now has 5 stakes performers from his first crop, headed by Group 3 winner Moonovermanhattan, second in the MVRC Stutt S. G2 on 26 September and also a Derby contender.

Rain, rain, rain for Flemington on Saturday

Don’t panic, this isn’t the weather forecast for Flemington – Saturday is going to be warm and sunny.  Instead, it marks the start of what may be a very exciting Spring Carnival for a promising second season sire.

Manhattan Rain has not one, but three runners, all of them Inglis sale graduates, in black type races at Flemington on Saturday. Better still, their trainers all have bigger targets on their Spring programmes.

Light Up Manhattan (ex Luminata by Zabeel) will take his place in the Listed VRC UCI Stakes over 1800 metres fresh from his maiden win on 21 September.

He was bought initially by Peter Clarke from the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and was twice stakes-placed at two, including a half-length second to Merion in the VRC Anzac Day S. LR.

Trainer Ciaron Maher and a group of owners led by Colin McKenna (also owner of Girl Guide and Gregers) purchased Light Up Manhattan after that preparation specifically as a Victoria Derby prospect.

Maher says, “He’s very scopey and clean-winded, with a lovely temperament and he’s still learning his craft so I’ve trained him quite softly. I’m starting to screw him down now, so he should improve further out the back of Saturday’s race.

“He’ll go to the Spring Champion Stakes, and then if he needs another run, the Caulfield Classic before the Derby. He’s a massive-striding horse and the distance and the big open track at Flemington will suit him.”

Mick Price will saddle up the talented Manhattan Avenue for the 3YO sprint race at Flemington, the Listed Yellowglen Vintage Stakes over 1400 metres.

Placed at two, he broke his maiden at his second start this season, defeating subsequent Caulfield winner Firehouse Rock. Manhattan Avenue  ran off in that race on 20 September, but trialled without a problem around the course on Tuesday.

Interviewed by Shane Anderson on Radio Sport National on Friday morning, Price said,  “He’s a nice horse…he might end up in the Carbine Club and the Sandown Guineas if he trains on. He’ll run well, but I just think a mile will be better for him.”

Manhattan Avenue (ex Tizzy May by Danzero) was also offered at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, where Price bought him from Northern Lodge Stud.

The Arrowfield-bred filly Crafty runs for Qatar Bloodstock in the Group 2 VRC Edward Manifold Stakes over 1600 metres. She won the Listed Gibson Carmichael Stakes at the same course and distance in July, and judging by his interview with Radio Sport National on Thursday morning, trainer Robert Smerdon clearly has his eye on her VRC Oaks nomination.

“She ran on well from the back after drawing wide at Caulfield last start [on 20 September] but hasn’t fared too much better at the barrier on Saturday, so I suspect she’s going to be a fair way off them at some stage, and maybe she’s got to get out over a longer trip before we see her to best advantage.”

From the Sadler’s Wells mare Spirited Dancer, Crafty is a half-sister to Lunar Rise (VRC Carbine Club S. G3) and was a $150,000 purchase by David Redvers from Arrowfield at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. 

Manhattan Rain heads the Australian Second Season Sires’ table by winners with a total of six, and is already the sire of two stakeswinners, Crafty and Moonovermanhattan, also a fine second in last weekend’s MVRC Stutt S. G2, and on the second line of betting for the Victoria Derby G1.

Black type weekend for Arrowfield graduates

Qatar Bloodstock’s filly Crafty became the 21st stakes-winning Arrowfield graduate this season when she stormed to victory in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR.

The daughter of Manhattan Rain and Spirited Dancer (by Sadler’s Wells) is among the eight 2YO stakeswinners this season that were purchased from Arrowfield at last year’s Australian sales.  The others are Group 2 winners Majmu (Redoute’s Choice) & Time For War (Snitzel), Group 3 winners Bachman (All American), Moonovermanhattan (Manhattan Rain) & Oakleigh Girl (Snitzel) and Listed winners Gold Force (Flying Spur) & Moonlight Hussler (Hussonet).

Three members of Arrowfield’s notable 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft were also active over the weekend and all three embellished their records.

Honorine (Redoute’s Choice-Zaldivar) saluted for the second time this season when she took out the Clairwood Pinnacle Stakes in South Africa for trainer Mike de Kock and owner Mary Slack of Wilgerbosdrift Stud. Honorine achieved black type status when she won the Turffontein Camellia S. G2 in April.

At Kranji on Sunday evening, Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain’t Seen Nothin’) raced gallantly from gate 16 to finish second to Spalato in the 2000-metre $S1.15 million Singapore Derby Sgp-1. Stepitup was last year’s Champion 3YO in Singapore and has won five domestic Group races there, including the Singapore Guineas Sgp-1.

At Belmont in Perth, Frank & Josie Fiore’s gelding Smoko (Snitzel-London Lights) started favourite on the strength of his 5-from-5 record, despite not racing for eight months, and ran a terrific race for second, beaten a length by Pininci in the $100,000 WATC Beaufine S. LR over 1000 metres.

Back on Arrowfield’s home turf in Sydney, Rifleman (Hussonet-Opportunity) capped a satisfying weekend with his fourth win, over 1000 metres at Randwick. He was bred by the triumvirate of Arrowfield, Alan Jones & John Leaver but sold by Little Avondale Stud at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale where he was bought by Mark Pilkington for $220,000. The 5YO gelding is trained by Tony McEvoy for Arrowfield, Rupert & Cheryl Legh, Wayne Mitchell & David Hayes.

The dams of three of these performers remain part of the Arrowfield broodmare band. Spirited Dancer & Opportunity are both in foal to Animal Kingdom, and Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (also the dam of Bachman) is due to foal to All American.

Second stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain

Qatar Bloodstock celebrated its first stakes success in Australia when Manhattan Rain’s 2YO daughter Crafty swept to victory in the $120,000 Taj Rossi Series Final LR at Flemington on Saturday.

The Robert Smerdon-trained filly drove home strongly from the middle of the field to outfinish Triple Gold by a nose, with 1.8 lengths back to All American’s son Zebulon in third place. Zebulon won at Flemington two weeks ago and his run was full of merit, given he drew 13 and was four wide coming into the straight.

Jockey Mark Zahra said of Crafty, “She did a good job today, I let her be where she wanted today and she hit the line strongly. I think she will get further, she’s a filly with a lovely temperament, so I think she will improve.”

Crafty is the second stakeswinner by first season sire Manhattan Rain following Moonovermanhattan’s Group 3 win at Morphettville in May. The Group 1-winning half-brother to Redoute’s Choice has also been represented by the stakes-placed colts Chengdu and Light Up Manhattan.

Manhattan Rain and All American are among the four first season sires that have left Australian stakeswinners this season.

Crafty (ex Spirited Dancer by Sadler’s Wells) has now won two of her five starts and returned much of the $150,000 David Redvers bid for her on behalf of Qatar Bloodstock at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale where she was offered by her breeder Arrowfield Stud. 

Crafty is a half-sister to Flemington Group 3 winner Lunar Rise (by Starcraft) whose full brother was purchased at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale by Badger’s Bloodstock. Spirited Dancer, from the immediate family of champion Peintre Celebre, has a weanling filly by Gio Ponti and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Impressive new winner for Manhattan Rain

The exuberant claret and gold silks of Qatar Bloodstock entered the Australian city winner’s circle for the second time in eight days when Manhattan Rain’s 2YO daughter Crafty won by 3 lengths in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The Arrowfield-bred filly powered home by 3 lengths over 1200 metres on the Slow6 track at Sandown-Lakeside, sprinting her final 600 metres in 33.53 seconds, the best time of the day. Race favourite Puzzle was second and another Arrowfield graduate, Electric Charge (Charge Forward-Miss Bussell) was third for the Robbie Griffiths stable.

Like last week’s Sandown winner Cautious, Crafty was purchased at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale by David Redvers for the bloodstock investment company established in 2010 by Sheikh Fahad al Thani and his brothers.

Crafty, from the Sadler’s Wells mare Spirited Dancer, was bought from Arrowfield for $150,000 and was making her first appearance since a pair of third placings in February and March.

Her trainer Robert Smerdon said, “I must say I conceded the top two runners (Puzzle and Fairy Star) might be too good for her but she stepped up and she has always shown ability.

“I wasn’t quite sure she had made the improvement but she was terrific. We are thinking that she will be better at middle distance and beyond, so it is a case of seeing how far we can get her out, possibly over a mile this preparation.

“I think spring may be too close so we will keep her going and look at the autumn with her.”

Crafty is the third winner for first season sire Manhattan Rain, also represented by the Mick Price-trained Moonovermanhattan (SAJC National S. G3 on debut), winning filly Downtown Manhattan and stakes-placed colts Chengdu (in Perth) and Light Up Manhattan (in Melbourne & Adelaide).

Manhattan Rain, All American, I Am Invincible and Denman are the only first season sires that have left Australian stakeswinners this season.

Crafty is a half-sister to Flemington Group 3 winner Lunar Rise (by Starcraft) whose full brother was purchased at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale by Badger’s Bloodstock. Spirited Dancer,  from the immediate family of champion Peintre Celebre, has a weanling filly by Gio Ponti and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.