Dundeel colt on New Zealand Derby trail

Second-crop sire Dundeel has set himself up for a big Autumn with a steady stream of impressive winners from major stables during the first third of the season.

New Zealand-owned colt Lincoln Falls has stepped up to spearhead Dundeel’s Autumn assault with a soft win over 1400 metres at Trentham on Saturday.

Jockey Johnathan Parkes confirmed that the performance was as good as it looked. “He was just a class ahead of them today and I did like the way he settled off a very slow pace and he’s travelled up really well.

“I still think he is learning and every time he gets out there the penny is going to drop a little more, but he is a first-class animal and he will go on to bigger and better things.”

Lincoln Falls won on debut at Woodville and was a close second at Hastings on 6 October when slightly shinsore. Trainer Lisa Latta and owners John Street, Christopher Grace & Kevin Pratt elected to spell him for three weeks and the colt returned to trial very well on 27 November before his his Trentham success. 

He will now be set for the $1 million ARC New Zealand Derby G1 on 2 March, and will have his first look at Ellerslie in the Uncle Remus S. LR on Boxing Day.

The 2YO Lincoln Falls breezed up in 10.78 before the NZ Ready To Run Sale. (PHOTO: NZ Bloodstock)

Lincoln Falls was bred by Nearco Stud from the dual stakeswinner Causeway Queen, a Giant’s Causeway half-sister to brilliant sprinter Solar Charged, now the dam of the even more brilliant Group 1 winner Sunlight. John Street’s Lincoln Farms paid $200,000 for the colt at the 2017 New Zealand Ready To Run Sale where he was offered by JK Farm.

Causeway Queen has a 2YO daughter Love Handles (by Olympic Glory), a yearling full brother to Lincoln Falls in the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft for the Inglis Premier Sale, a 2018 colt by Dundeel and a positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner.

Eight members of Dundeel’s first crop have won in the past month, and with 11 last-start winners in major Australian & New Zealand stables he is well-placed to build his profile as Summer racing rolls on into the Autumn.

There are 14 Dundeel yearlings catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale, among them 7 colts and a filly consigned by Arrowfield

Trans-Tasman double for Dundeel debutants

Dundeel’s six first-crop 2YO winners gave an encouraging preview of his capabilities as a sire, but he has picked up the pace dramatically in the first six weeks of the new season…

Dundeel’s six first-crop 2YO winners gave an encouraging preview of his capabilities as a sire, but he has picked up the pace dramatically in the first six weeks of the new season.

A pair of quality debut performances on Friday took his tally of 3YO winners to five. Add Dealmaker and Irukandji who have already shown up in Group company this term, and it will be no surprise to see his next stakeswinner emerge from this group.

Lincoln Falls’ trainer Lisa Latta is in no hurry to test him in black type company, but on the evidence of his excellent win over 1100m at Woodville, he has what’s required to step up to that level. 

Settled mid-field and wide by jockey Johnathan Parkes, Lincoln Falls rounded up his rivals in the straight to score untouched by 1.5 lengths from Heart Of Stone and Got The Call.

Watch Lincoln Falls win at Woodville.

Latta said afterwards, “He’s got a ton of improvement in him. We’ve never really had to let his head go on the track or at the trials, so it is always a bit of a worry heading into raceday.

“Johnathan did the right thing going back, and I have to admit I was a little bit worried at the 600m how relaxed he was, but he will learn a lot from that and really go ahead.

“He holds a nomination for the 2000 Guineas, but we will just take him along lightly. There is a special conditions maiden at Hastings on the last day of their carnival and something like that might be a soft option for him.”

Bred by Nearco Stud, Lincoln Falls is the fourth foal of dual Listed winner Causeway Queen, a Giant’s Causeway half-sister to the brilliant sprinter Solar Charged, dam of the equally brilliant Sunlight.

Sent to the 2017 New Zealand Ready To Run Sale, Lincoln Falls was bought for $200,000 from the JK Farm draft by John Street’s Lincoln Farms. His half-sister by Olympic Glory was a $155,000 buy from this year’s Inglis Classic Sale for Blue Sky Bloodstock and as Love Handles, is in training with Danny O’Brien at Flemington. Causeway Queen’s next two foals are colts by Dundeel.

Three hours after Lincoln Falls’ success, Miss Einstein made her debut on Newcastle Cup day count when Jason Collett sent her through on the rail for a convincing 1.3 length victory over 1200 metres.

Watch Miss Einstein win at Newcastle.

Bred by Bob & Fiona Guth’s Galaxy Breeding Syndicate and sold for $170,000 by Newhaven Park at Magic Millions Gold Coast,  Miss Einstein is the first foal of the talented, but unlucky Starcraft mare Simply Brilliant who, like her daughter, was trained by Bjorn Baker. 

The Guths have retained Green Jacket, Simply Brilliant’s 2YO son by More Than Ready, and the mare is due to foal again to Dundeel later this Spring.

Add Dealmaker’s two Group placings in Sydney  and wins by Global Exchange, I’m Dun Dreamin’ (on debut) and Sunreel, and Dundeel’s prospects for major Spring success are bright indeed.

Rain reigns in McEwen Stakes

Manhattan Rain’s brilliant daughter Wild Rain confirmed a Group 1 campaign when she took early control of Saturday’s $200,000 MVRC McEwen S. 1000m G2 and never let go, kicking clear in the straight to win by a length from Furnaces and the favourite Heatherly.

Watch Wild Rain win the MVRC McEwen S. G2.

The keys to Wild Rain’s eight-win career are her consistent professionalism and serious pace – the kind of pace that puts early pressure on her rivals, finds a gear-change when challenged and keeps going until the job is done.  Or, as trainer Mark Kavanagh explains, “When you are able to run quick sectionals like her, it makes it hard for those chasing her.”

Given that ability and Wild Rain’s five-start, three-win record at Moonee Valley, the $500,000 Moir S. G1 on 30 September is a reasonable goal for her and that is where she is now headed.

The McEwen Stakes, which honours Moonee Valley’s visionary administrator Ian McEwen, is Wilid Rain’s fourth stakes victory and her second at Group level, after her MRC Sir John Monash S. G3 win in July.  The 5YO mare has returned five times the $150,000 Kavanagh bid for her at the 2013 Magic Millions Sale, where she was offered by Arrowfield on behalf the Stud’s long-standing partnership with John Leaver.

Wild Rain is the best of three winners left so far by North Flower (by Rory’s Jester), a 2YO-winning half-sister to the dam of champion and Horse of the Year Northerly, and a three-quarter sister of Group winners North Boy and Northern Song.  North Flower has a a 2YO daughter, Desert Flower (by Animal Kingdom), in training with Paul Messara for the Arrowfield/Leaver partnership.

The Teeley Assets-bred colt Manhattan Street almost gave Manhattan Rain a trans-Tasman double on Saturday when he was narrowly beaten after a tremendous battle with possible Victoria Derby contender Highlad in the Wanganui Guineas LR. A 3YO son of Lankan Rupee’s sister Charming Estelle, Manhattan Street lost nothing in defeat, after three consecutive 2YO wins.

Watch Manhattan Street’s 2nd, Wanganui Guineas LR.

Wild Rain, Manhattan Street and a second 3YO colt, Tango Rain (2nd, ATC San Domenico S. G2), all give Manhattan Rain a great chance of making his mark on the Spring’s major prizes in Sydney and Melbourne.

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.