Manhattan Rain speedsters shine

A couple of good results over Australia’s Labour holiday weekend spotlighted Manhattan Rain’s ability to sire a very smart sprinter.

His 5YO daughter Wild Rain put up a career-best performance at Moonee Valley on Friday evening when she finished third, less than 1.5 lengths from the outstanding winner Extreme Choice, in the MVRC Moir S. G1, with Chautauqua and Buffering behind her.

Watch Wild Rain, 3rd, MVRC Moir S. G1 (blue silks with black & white checked sash and cap)

The mare’s jockey Stephen Baster confirmed the quality of her run. “She ran out of her skin. She had a beautiful run behind Buffering and on the turn, I thought we were a chance, so it’s a big effort to run third.”

Wild Rain has already won twice in Group company this campaign, taking her earnings close to $800,000 – a very tidy return on the $150,000 that trainer Mark Kavanagh gave for her at the 2013 Magic Millions Sale.

Bred in partnership with John Leaver and sold by Arrowfield Stud, she is the best of three winners left to date by North Flower (by Rory’s Jester), a winning relative of Hall of Famer Northerly and Group winners North Boy and Northern Song.  Wild Rain’s 2YO half-sister Desert Flower (by Animal Kingdom) is in training with Paul Messara, and North Flower visits Olympic Glory this Spring.

The Warwick Farm meeting on Monday was a few steps down the ladder, though benefiting from the latest round of Racing NSW prizemoney increases with an attractive stake of $50,000.

It was Mr Manhattan, another talented member of Manhattan Rain’s 2011 crop, who collected the winner’s $27,750 share of that money with a 1.5 length victory in the 1000-metre handicap, coming home the last 600 metres in a very slick 33.17.

Watch Mr Manhattan win at Warwick Farm.

It was the gelding’s fifth win from ten starts for breeders Paul Whelan, Wilf & Rosemary Mula and their fellow owners, and trainer Joe Pride. They’ve been happy to let Mr Manhattan work through the grades, compiling $171,000 prizemoney along the way, but it will be no surprise to see him earn black capital status this season.

Mr Manhattan is a half-brother to dual stakeswinner Dublin Lass, out of the city-winning mare Fashion Police (by Elusive Quality). She is yet another fine producer from a family that has thrown a host of top performers including Midnight Fever, Rock Classic, Skyerush, Mahisara and Mr Manhattan’s Group 2-winning third dam Fine Recipe. 

Go back another eight generations and there’s Lady Josephine, dam of one of racing’s most famous speedsters, and one of the 20th century’s most important broodmares, Mumtaz Mahal.

Rather like Wild Rain and Mr Manhattan, their sire is making his mark by the steady accumulation of quality results. With 18 stakes performers (12% of his runners) from his first three crops, Manhattan Rain is more than holding his own among Australia’s younger stallions. 

Mr Manhattan scores third city win

Manhattan Rain’s son Mr Manhattan continued his steady progress through the grades with his third city success, at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The 4YO gelding started favourite despite drawing the widest gate, and jumped best of the ten runners in the Benchmark 78, 1000-metre event. Josh Parr eased him back to settle third last, but the pair spent little time in that position, as Mr Manhattan quickly tracked forward around the home turn.

He over-hauled the determined leader Eminent Duke just before the 50-metre mark and drove home strongly enough to stave off Orujo by a quarter-length, with Eminent Duke holding third.

Watch Mr Manhattan win at Randwick.

Mr Manhattan has now won four of his 7 starts for his trainer Joe Pride and a large group of owners including his breeders Paul Whelan’s Luskin Park Stud & Wilf & Rosemary Mula’s Aston Bloodstock.

Mr Manhattan is a half-brother to Listed winner Dublin Lass from Fashion Police (by Elusive Quality), and traces to the significant broodmare Lady Lustre whose other descendants include Champion 2YO Filly Midnight Fever, Group 1 winner Rock Classic and Group winners Astrodame, Carnegie House, Spurtonic, Startling Lass, Leveller & Mahisara.

Fashion Police also has a 2YO colt named Crafty Cop (by Starcraft) and in August foaled a filly by Snitzel.

Mr Manhattan scores at Canterbury

Manhattan Rain is building a strong list of progressive horses and Mr Manhattan joined it when he scored his second win from three starts at Canterbury on Wednesday.

The 3YO gelding, developed steadily over the past 12 months by his large group of owners, including breeders Wilf Mula & Paul Whelan, and his trainer Joe Pride, won his Gosford debut in December. With two wins under his belt, he may now join his talented half-sister Dublin Lass for a winter campaign in Queensland.

The siblings’ dam, Fashion Police (by Elusive Quality from a Danzero mare) is a city-winning grand-daughter of the good filly Fine Recipe, winner of the VRC Bloodhorse Breeders’ Plate G2 at two.

In the 1970s this family’s standard-bearer was the top-class stayer & weight-for-age performer Igloo, whose four Group 1 vicories included the 1974 Brisbane Cup and Caulfield Stakes.

More than a decade later the family threw up the 1987 Blue Diamond S. G1 winner Midnight Fever. Several of her lesser-performed female relatives have since produced Group 1 winner Rock Classic and the Group winners Astrodame & Spurtonic (both by Flying Spur), Leveller (by Redoute’s Choice) & Mahisara.

Hawkes Racing purchased the Starcraft-Fashion Police colt for $200,000 from the Luskin Park draft at the Inglis Easter Sale earlier this month. Fashion Police is due to foal to Snitzel this coming Spring.

Manhattan Rain was also represented on Tuesday by 2YO filly New Summer Night, successful over 1000 metres at Geelong for her owner-breeder Teeley Assets and the Hayes/Dabernig stable.

David Hayes reported afterwards, “She travelled well and was never in danger. We will look to place her in town next start and I think she will develop in to a nice city filly.”

New Summer Night is the third winner from three foals to race for 2YO stakeswinner Beauty School (by Royal Academy), now owned by Rosemont Stud. She also has a yearling filly and a weanling colt by Manhattan Rain.

Manhattan Rain's international double

Thursday’s winners in South Africa and Australia by exciting second season sire Manhattan Rain draw attention to their siblings on offer at early 2015 yearling sales.

Arrowfield graduate Diva Danny posted her second win from three starts when she defeated older mares over 1800 metres at the Vaal meeting.

Trained by Mike Azzie for Adriaan & Rika van Vuuren, Diva Danny was a $100,000 purchase from Arrowfield’s 2013 Magic Millions draft. The Stud will present Diva Danny’s full brother at the Inglis Classic Sale in February.

Both were bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Matt and Jo Cloros from the American mare Passiflora (by Empire Maker), a daughter of Danehill’s three-quarter sister Quick To Please.

Passiflora also has a 2YO Snitzel colt, purchased for $200,000 by Mick Price at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale, and is in foal again to the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice.

Manhattan Rain’s Australian winner on Thursday was 3YO debutant Mr Manhattan who scored stylishly over 1200 metres at Gosford.

The Joe Pride-trained gelding jumped well and took up the lead which he held comfortably, needing only hands-and-heels encouragement from jockey Blake Shinn until the final stages of the race. He then quickened smartly to stave off Russet by almost a half-length, with Last Card Joe in third place.

Mr Manhattan, a chestnut like Diva Danny, was bred by Luskin Park Stud which passed him in at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale and now races him with a large group of owners including Wilf & Rosemary Mula.  His dam Fashion Police (by Elusive Quality) descends from the good producer Lady Lustre, a half-sister to the dam of top-class 2YO filly Midnight Fever (1987 VATC Blue Diamond S. G1).

It’s been a very good week for Fashion Police, also dam of last Saturday’s Rosehill winner Dublin Lass (by O’Reilly), and a yearling colt by Starcraft to be offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January. Fashion Police was served by Snitzel in September and is safely in foal to him.

As for Manhattan Rain, he now has 15 first-crop winners, four of them prominent in Group company this Spring: Moonovermanhattan (MVRC Moonee Valley Vase G2), Crafty (2nd, MRC Caulfield Classic G3 & 3rd, VRC Edward Manifold S. G2), Manhattan Avenue (two Listed Race placings & 3rd, VRC Carbine Club S. G3) and Light Up Manhattan (4th, VRC Victoria Derby G1 & MRC Caulfield Classic G3).

These performances have put Manhattan Rain in third position on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list by prizemoney ($808,855) and winners (12).

The Group 1-winning son of Encosta de Lago has ten lots catalogued for each of the first two Australian yearling sales of 2015,  Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January and the Inglis Classic Sale in February. Arrowfield’s consignments include two Maanhattan Rain yearlings at each auction.