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
of racing age


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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.


Owners over the moon with Manhattan

A property transaction almost a decade ago established a partnership that’s looking forward to a big week at Flemington with Moonee Valley Vase winner and Victoria Derby contender Moonovermanhattan, and a possible Melbourne Cup runner, Unchain My Heart.

Ken Biddick bought a building from Peter Anastasiou about eight years ago and, in the process, the pair discovered they shared an interest in horse-racing. Soon they were doing equine, rather than real estate business and they now own around 20 horses together.

Ken explains how it works, “When we buy or breed we often do it together, usually fifty-fifty, then we sell down after that. Peter is right into genetics and the sales and he bought Moonovermanhattan because he liked him on type and conformation.”

The Manhattan Rain colt was knocked down to agent Dermot Farrington for $100,000 at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Arrowfield Stud which bred him with John Leaver and Alan Jones.

Ken and Peter’s racing team also includes Group-placed city winner Decircles, multiple city winner Jessy Belle and Geelong winner Last Sight, but for Ken there’s no doubt about his biggest thrill in racing so far.

“I’ve had lots of winners, including an Adelaide Group win with Toast of the Coast, but the Moonee Valley Vase is my biggest win. I’m just hoping now for a Group One!

“The Vase was a great win, Moonovermanhattan was very strong at the end of it. He’s sensible, and a really nice horse with no quirks and a nice bit of acceleration.”

Ken has owned and managed a sporting goods company since 1982, selling Converse footwear and apparel throughout Australia and New Zealand, but racing was part of his life long before that.

“I’ve always been around racing, I used to have a penny each way when I was 12 and later I worked at the races as a tic-tac man, backing the shorteners.”

Ken’s thoroughbred interests have progressed a long way from those beginnings. The first horse he ever bred, an Encosta de Lago filly, made $510,000 at the 2005 Inglis Easter Sale, and Ken has recently returned from England where he and Peter sold a Sea The Stars colt for 400,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October Sale.

Peter, who operates as Grandlodge Racing, and Ken work with several trainers. “I started with Tony Vasil, and our horses are now with Peter Moody, Mathew Ellerton, David Hayes, Stephen Brown and Chris Wood in New Zealand as well as Mick Price. They all have different strengths and suit different horses.

“Mick is a great trainer, he’s very knowledgeable and very communicative.”

Ken hasn’t missed a Derby Day at Flemington in the past 30 years, and this one is set to be special, whatever happens in the big race. Ken and his wife Catherine will be hosting around fifty friends and family members in a marquee in The Birdcage.

As Ken says, “It could be a hell of a party!”

Manhattan Rain colts ready for the Victoria Derby

Only one of Australia’s Second Season Sires is represented in Saturday’s $1.5 million AAMI Victoria Derby G1 and he has not one, but two runners.

That’s Manhattan Rain, sire of Moonovermanhattan who will jump from gate 12 in the 2500-metre Classic, and Light Up Manhattan, drawn seven.

Their trainers are pleased with the progress of both colts going into the Derby, with last-start Moonee Valley Vase G2 winner Moonovermanhattan paying $9 on the TAB, and Light Up Manhattan, fourth in the Caulfield Classic G3, on $21.

Moonovermanhattan’s trainer Mick Price says, “It was good to see him finish off so well over 2000 metres. He’s come through it very well and I’m very happy with him.

“He will spell after Saturday and if he gets the distance, we’ll aim at the Australian Derby with him in the Autumn.”

Price also prepares another son of Manhattan Rain, the gelding Manhattan Avenue who lines up on Derby Day in the $200,000 Carbine Club S. G3 over 1600 metres, after two runner-up finishes in Listed company at Flemington and Caulfield.

Price says, “They’re both good types, with strong bone, good size and substance and great front legs on them. The big track at Flemington will suit them.

“We selected them both on our yearling short list, bought Manhattan Avenue ourselves, and would have purchased Moonovermanhattan but we had a client on the horse buy it for us.

“They’re both quite easy to train. Manhattan Avenue has been a little immature and nervous, but we’ve done dressage work with him and he’s coping really well.

“Moonovermanhattan is a dude, he’s bombproof and so relaxed.”

Price has trained a Victoria Derby runner-up, as well as third, fourth, fifth and sixth placegetters, but is yet to win the race.

Moonovermanhattan (ex Lunaspur by Flying Spur) was bred by Arrowfield Stud, John Leaver & Alan Jones and bought for $100,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale by bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington, acting for owners Peter Anastasiou, Ken Biddick and Craig Mathieson.

Light Up Manhattan is the first Derby runner for Ciaron Maher who expresses strong confidence in the colt’s ability to stay the distance.

“He’s a real genuine stayer and we’ve been focussed on one race. We’ve slowly screwed him down, put shades on him and he’s really come on in his work. He’s ready to go out to 2500 metres on a big track.

“He’s quite tough, but has a beautiful temperament and he’s lovely round the stable, not a whimper out of him.

“We bought him after he was stakes-placed at two, solely for this race, and he’s coming together nicely. His two-year-old preparation makes it a lot easier.

“Mark Zahra rode him on Tuesday and said he’s really come on. He worked strongly through the line over about a mile.

“He’s a very strong, imposing type, with short cannons, a strong neck and a big stallion’s head.”

Light Up Manhattan (ex Luminata by Zabeel) was bred by Andrew Taylor’s GT Thoroughbreds and purchased for $36,000 by Caulfield trainer Peter Clarke from the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

He was re-sold privately after his three-start juvenile campaign and is now raced by Colin McKenna, Frank Caldwell, Trevor Cole-Sinclair, Damian, Travis & Daryl Degenhardt, Jason Disney, Terry Ginnane, Geoff Handbury, Paul Hopgood, Andy Makiv, Michael Stewart, the Insight Syndicate, Craig Thomas & Adrian Willoughby.

Manhattan Rain’s prospects of Flemington Classic success don’t end with the Derby. His daughter, the Arrowfield-bred filly Crafty (ex Spirited Dancer by Sadler’s Wells) is the current TAB favourite for next Thursday’s $1 million Crown Oaks G1. 

Crafty won the VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR over 1600 metres as a late 2YO and goes into the Oaks after two excellent placings in the VRC Edward Manifold S. G2 and MRC Caulfield Classic G3.

She was a $150,000 purchase from Arrowfield by David Redvers at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale and is trained by Robert Smerdon for Qatar Bloodstock, established in 2010 and seeking its first Group 1 victory in Australia.

Nine wins, including the Moonee Valley Vase, and five other stakes performances, have put Manhattan Rain in the No. 2 spot on the Second Season Sires’ list with earnings of almost $600,000.

Nineteen years ago at the 1995 Melbourne Spring Carnival a single outstanding 3YO colt, Octagonal, announced the arrival of a major new classic sire, Zabeel.

A few minutes at Flemington over the next seven days may be all it takes to find his successor.

Manhattan Rain colt wins Moonee Valley Vase

Manhattan Rain has four talented 3YOs knocking on the door of Melbourne Spring Carnival success and the door opened on Saturday for Arrowfield graduate Moonovermanhattan who scored a convincing victory in Saturday’s $200,000 MVRC Moonee Valley Vase 2040m G2.

Fresh from a stunning Group 1 victory on Friday evening with champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, trainer Mick Price and jockey Craig Newitt combined again to produce Moonovermanhattan, already a Group 3 winner at two and second in the MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2 on 26 September.

Newitt sent the powerfully built grey colt forward from Gate 11 and he settled beautifully in second spot, behind Zululand. He swept to the lead around the turn and galloped home strongly to win by 1.75 lengths from Atmosphere and Go Indy Go.

It was a performance that confirmed Moonovermanhattan’s readiness for next Saturday’s $1.5 million VRC Victoria Derby G1 over Flemington’s testing 2500-metre course.

Mick Price said after the race, “He’s a good looking horse. He stands over a bit of ground. He’s a big clean-winded colt with a lovely temperament. He’s very sound and he’s had a good two weeks.

“I think this is the race that is usually a good form race for the Victoria Derby. I know they’ve got the Caulfield Classic there now, but I’m just really looking forward to it (the Derby).

“We know he’ll relax, and if I can put him into a Derby with cover, get him behind a horse and put him to sleep, he’s got a lot going for him, but he just needs to get the 2500 (metres of the Derby).”

Moonovermanhattan was bred by Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones out of Lunaspur, a 2YO stakes-winning daughter of Flying Spur and Lunaliona, from Jean-Luc Lagadere’s famous family of Group 1 winner Luna Wells, Champion French 2YO Long Mick and their half-brother, Champion French Sire Linamix. 

Moonovermanhattan was a $100,000 purchase from Arrowfield 2013 Inglis Easter Sale draft by Irish bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington for owners Peter Anastasiou, Ken Biddick and Craig Mathieson.

Lunaspur is also the dam of Group 2 winner Colorado Claire, stakes-placed 2YO Moonlight Hussey and a yearling colt by More Than Ready. She delivered a Charge Forward colt the day before the Moonee Valley Vase and is booked to Arrowfield’s new sire, six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel.

Manhattan Rain will be represented in the VRC Oaks G1 by Arrowfield graduate Crafty, also a 2YO stakeswinner, and placed this season in both the VRC Edward Manifold S. G2 and MRC Caulfield Classic G3 for trainer Robert Smerdon.

Moonovermanhattan’s stablemate Manhattan Avenue has also stepped up this Spring to post two game second placings in Listed company at Flemington and Caulfield.

The Ciaron Maher-trained Light Up Manhattan is also Derby-bound, following solid fourth-place finishes in the VRC UCI Super Impose S. LR and the Caulfield Classic G3.

Current TAB fixed odds betting for the Victoria Derby has Spring Champion S. G1 winner Hampton Court (by Redoute’s Choice) as the $3.10 favourite, with Moonovermanhattan at $6, Bachman (by All American) at $9 and Light Up Manhattan at $17.

Crafty holds favouritism for the VRC Oaks at $3.50, ahead of Lumosty ($3) and Go Indy Go ($3.50).

Manhattan Rain, sire of 12 winners and five stakes performers from his first crop, is second on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with prizemoney of close to $600,000.

First Group 1 runner for Manhattan Rain

Leading Melbourne trainer Mick Price will saddle up the first Group 1 runner for young Arrowfield sire Manhattan Rain, when Moonovermanhattan takes his place in Saturday’s $1 million Caulfield Guineas.

The strapping grey colt began his career last May with a Group 3 victory in Adelaide, his only juvenile appearance. He returned at the end of August for an unplaced season debut at Caulfield, and was then fourth in the VRC Living Legends S. LR before an eye-catching runner-up finish behind Almalad in the MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2 on 26 September.

Price finds it difficult to see the favourite Rich Enuff beaten, but says, “We front up with a nice, fit, sound horse and if he can run in the first three we’ll be happy with that.”

The colt’s programme beyond the Guineas is not fixed, and his trainer is cautious about sending any 3YO over 2500 metres at Flemington so early in the season.

However, Moonovermanhattan remains in the frame for the VRC Derby G1 on 1 November and Price says, “He looks like a Derby horse.” The stable has also kept him among the entries for the Cox Plate, sensationally won last year by Snitzel’s 3YO son Shamus Award.

Price has a firmer view of the programme for his other Manhattan Rain colt, Manhattan Avenue (ex Tizzy May by Danzero), a gallant runner-up in last Saturday’s VRC Yellowglen Vintage S. LR.

“He’s pretty promising, but he’s a big-framed horse who’s yet to fill out. I’ve taken a gentle approach with him, and he’s holding his condition so goes to the Gothic Stakes next Saturday, but not to the Derby.”

Moonovermanhattan was bred by Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones from Lunaspur, a 2YO stakes-winning daughter of Flying Spur and Lunaliona from Jean-Luc Lagadere’s famous family of Group 1 winner Luna Wells, Champion French 2YO Long Mick and their half-brother, Champion French Sire Linamix. 

Moonovermanhattan was a $100,000 purchase from Arrowfield 2013 Inglis Easter Sale draft by Irish bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington for owners Peter Anastasiou, Ken Biddick and Craig Mathieson.

Lunaspur is also the dam of Group 2 winner Colorado Claire, stakes-placed 2YO Moonlight Hussey and a yearling colt by More Than Ready. She is due to foal this month to Charge Forward and is booked to Dundeel.

Manhattan Rain, himself third in Starspangledbanner’s 2009 Caulfield Guineas, has been represented by nine first-crop winners so far, three of them successful at two.

His five stakes performers are headed by Moonovermanhatan and the Arrowfield-bred filly Crafty, who last Saturday added a third placing in the VRC Edward Manifold S. G2 to her record. From a Sadler’s Wells mare, Crafty appears well suited to both the distance and the course of the VRC Oaks G1.

A winning week for Manhattan Rain

It’s been a very good week for second season sire Manhattan Rain, with three winners in eight days, most recently Manna Trust at Mornington on Wednesday.

Trained by David Weir for a syndicate managed by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, Manna Trust went into the $25,000 1200-metre maiden with placings at Donald and Swan Hill. Jockey Ben Melham settled him midfield, peeled out round the turn and sent him forward in the straight where he knuckled down to fight it out with the favourite Vienna Prince (by Snitzel) for a game, half-head win.

Manna Trust was a $90,000 purchase from Musk Creek Farm at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and Musk Creek’s David Kobritz & Teresa Poon are among his large group of owners. 

Manna Trust’s dam Entrust (by Danehill) is a city-winning half-sister to Singapore champion Big Maverick.

Manhattan Rain’s owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen enjoyed his first success with the Group 1 winner’s progeny when the filly Democrat Queen scored over 1600 metres at Echuca on Saturday. Trained by Mick Price, she is the first runner and winner for her dam Zodiac Queen (by King’s Best), a six-time winner in Adelaide and also dam of a Manhattan Rain yearling colt.

Zodiac Queen, again in foal to Manhattan Rain, was purchased by Blandford Bloodstock at the Teeley Dispersal in May this year.

The Mick Price stable also produced the gelding Manhattan Avenue (ex Tizzy May by Danzero) for a comfortable win at Bendigo on 10 September, and Moonovermanhattan (ex Lunapur by Flying Spur) who put up a staunch effort for fourth in last Saturday’s VRC Living Legends S. LR.

Manhattan Avenue, accepted for this Saturday’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale Bonus race at Caulfield, and Moonovermanhattan, a Group 3 winner last season, are both among the nominations for the Caulfield Guineas G1 on 11 October.

Manhattan Rain’s daughter Crafty, also a stakeswinner last season, makes her 3YO debut over 1400 metres at this Saturday’s Caulfield meeting, and is nominated for the Thousand Guineas G1.

First stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain

Moonovermanhattan became the first stakeswinner for Arrowfield’s first season sire Manhattan Rain when he won on debut in Saturday’s $115,000 SAJC National S. 1200m G3.

The 2YO Mick Price-trained colt jumped well for jockey Damien Oliver, who was happy to lead on him, but the pair faced a stiff challenge from the filly Not A Happy Camper (by Not A Single Doubt) on the home turn. Both horses responded generously under pressure, but Moonovermanhattan had a half-head advantage at the post. Sweet and Speedy was three lengths way in third place, and Tender (by All American) was fourth.

Oliver said, “I thought they would go quicker but my bloke bounced out so I was happy to lead. I rode him in a gallop last Tuesday so I knew he was fit enough and he found for me when I went for him, it was a good tough win.

“He should improve a fair bit on that and he’s got a good future for sure.”

Mick Price’s plans for Moonovermanhattan indicate his opinion of the strongly made grey colt. “I will send him out for a spell now. Then he can come back for the Caulfield Guineas.”

Manhattan Rain, a half-brother by Encosta de Lago to champion sire Redoute’s Choice, won the AJC Sires’ Produce S. G1 at two and trained on to place at three in the 2009 Caulfield Guineas & Cox Plate. His first runners include two other stakes performers, Chengdu in Perth, and Light Up Manhattan, stakes-placed in Melbourne & Adelaide.

Manhattan Rain’s first crop yearlings sold for up to $260,000, a figure that was exceeded by two Inglis Easter fillies this year, one sold to Hawkes Racing for $275,000, the other to John Foote for $270,000.

Moonovermanhattan was bred by Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones from the Flying Spur mare Lunaspur, herself a two-time stakeswinner at two, and also the dam of Group 2 winner Colorado Claire and stakes-placed juvenile winner Moonlight Hussey, both by Hussonet. Lunaspur has a weanling colt by More Than Ready and is in foal to Charge Forward.

Moonovermanhattan’s second dam is the Caerleon mare Lunaliona, imported from France by Arrowfield in 1997. Lunaliona, who died in 2010, was a half-sister to HH The Aga Khan’s champion sire Linamix.

Well-known international agent Dermot Farrington purchased Moonovermanhattan for $100,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Arrowfield’s yearling “Class of 2013” is proving highly successful with seven stakeswinners already emerging from it.

Manhattan Rain’s 2014 fee is $16,500 inc. GST.