Animal Kingdom filly makes $400,000 at Keeneland

Animal Kingdom, whose first Australian-bred 2YOs run this season, began the US sales season with a $US310,000 filly at Saratoga and has followed up with strong results by his first NH-bred yearlings at the Keeneland September Sale.

His top price in Book 1 was $US400,000, paid for his daughter out of Eltimaas (by Ghostzapper). The filly’s pedigree was given a significant update when her half-brother Drefong won the King’s Bishop G1 on 27 August, and Drefong’s owner, Juddmonte Farm, was the winning bidder.

Also in Book 1, Lot 38 from the Taylor Made consignment, a filly out of multiple stakeswinner and G3-placed Somethinaboutbetty (by Forestry), sold for $US300,000 to Animal Kingdom’s racing owner Team Valor International. 

Since then, the Dubai World Cup champion has added the $US350,000 Queens Carousel colt and the $US210,000 filly out of Blumen (by Dynaformer). With three of the Sale’s six books completed, Animal Kingdom is averaging just over $US118,000 for 31 lots sold.

Animal Kingdom’s first Australian crop averaged $186,000 at the major 2016 sales, with a top price of $310,000 paid by New Zealand owner Roger Blunt for Arrowfield’s stunning filly out of Cat By The Tale at Magic Millions.

After covering three full books at Darley’s Jonabell Farm, Animal Kingdom has been rested from his Australian duties this Spring and returns to Arrowfield in 2017.

The Arrowfield stable includes several Animal Kingdom 2YOs to be trained by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Team Hawkes, Nigel Blackiston, Grahame Begg,  John Sargent, Marcus Wilson & Paul Messara.

Manapine impresses in Flemington stakes win

On the Saturday after Easter Sale buyers paid an average of $215,000 for the eight Manhattan Rain yearlings, Easter graduate Manapine endorsed their selections with a powerful victory in the $150,000 VRC Galilee Series Final 2500m LR.

He is Manhattan Rain’s fourth stakeswinner from his first 69 runners.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn gave the 3YO gelding a perfect ride, placing him midfield off the fence during the running, then setting him alight down the centre of the famous Flemington straight.

Oncidium Ruler then lauched a serious challenge, but Manapine responded strongly to edge clear and win by a half-neck, with All I Survey almost three lengths back in third place.

Nigel Blackiston, who trains him for Arrowfield, Tony & Judy Hodgson, Tony Cheung & David Boehm, said, “Manapine’s win showed me he has the class, strength and stamina to become a force in some good races in the future.”

His final target for the season is the $500,000 SAJC South Australian Derby G1, also over 2500 metres, on 9 May.

Manapine was bred by the Arrowfield-Jungle Pocket partnership from Anapine (by Anabaa), a city-winning sister to dual Group 3 winner Tall Timbers and half-sister to stakeswinner Taken, from the family of Yorkshire Oaks G1 winner Catchascatchcan.

He is the fifth Arrowfield-sold stakeswinner from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, after Group 1 winners Majmu and Wandjina, Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan & stakeswinner Crafty.

Anapine has a yearling filly by Gio Ponti, and a weanling filly by Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom.

Manapine is Stakeswinner No. 4 for Manhattan Rain, following the successes of the Mick Price-trained colt Moonovermanhattan (MVRC Moonee Valley Vase G2), and the fillies Crafty (VRC Taj Rossi Series Final LR at two, and Group 2-placed at three) & Ondina (SAJC Laelia S. LR).

Ondina’s trainer Gai Waterhouse, John Foote, James Harron, Lindsay Park Racing, Spicer Thoroughbreds and First Light Racing were among the Australian buyers who signed for the four colts and four fillies by Manhattan Rain at the Inglis Easter Sale. 

Manhattan Rain joined his fellow second crop stallions I Am Invincible and Medaglia d’Oro on the top 10 sires’ list at Session 1 of the Easter Sale, with an average of $316,000, more than 20 times his 2015 fee, for five lots sold.

His top price of $700,000, paid by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for Arrowfield’s half-brother to Group 1 winner Wandjina, is a record figure for a Manhattan Rain yearling.

By Encosta de Lago, Manhattan Rain is free of Danehill and is showing a good affinity for Danehill- and Danzig-line mares, a combination already responsible for Moonovermanhattan, Manapine and Group-placed Manhattan Avenue. However, Crafty is from a Sadler’s Wells mare and both Ondina and Tony McEvoy’s exciting 2YO Manhattan Blues are from mares by Storm Bird-line sires.

Sire of 26 winners of 34 races in Australia this term, Manhattan Rain is fourth on the Second Season Sires’ table, with close to $1.5 million prizemoney.

Manapine hits the Derby trail

 Just as he did in the Spring, second season sire Manhattan Rain is bringing into play several promising runners set to make their mark in major 3YO races at 1600 metres and beyond.

 The latest addition to that group is the Nigel Blackiston-trained Manapine, who unleashed a powerful finish to break his maiden by 3.25 lengths over 1400 metres at Ballarat last Thursday.

It was the only gelding’s second start following his debut second at Sale last August and his performance decisively franked Blackiston’s opinion of him.

“He’s a very nice horse. He ran a nice race first-up, we gave him time out and he’s come back bigger and stronger.

“I think he could possibly measure up to the South Australian Derby, if not something a bit better.” Manapine is also entered for the Australian Guineas and the Australian Derby.

Raced by Arrowfield with Tony & Judy Hodgson, Manapine is the third winner out of the Group-placed, city-winning mare Anapine (Anabaa), a sister to Group 3 winner Tall Timber & city winner Trauma, and a half-sister to Listed stakeswinner Taken.

Further back, this is the European family that produced Coronation Cup winner and champion sire Oncidium, and unbeaten Group 1-winning filly Catchascatchcan, the dam of Group 1 performer Antonius Pius, now at stud in South Africa.

Cocoa Bar, a second Arrowfield-owned & Blackiston-prepared 3YO son of Manhattan Rain, also pleased the stable with a third placing over 1200 metres at the same meeting.

The stable commented, “Chasing a strong pace all the way he was strong at the finish to be third behind the odds-on Karigara who has city form and he can improve a lot for this run.

“Cocoa Bar has scope for further improvement and he is still adjusting to racing left-handed, so to see him run so well is very pleasing.”

Cocoa Bar, from the stakes-placed city winner Sweet Ransom (by Red Ransom), was a $160,000 Blue Sky Bloodstock purchase from Newhaven Park at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. His second dam, Listed stakeswinner Rubitoff, is a sister to dual Group 1-winning sprinter Rubitano.

Moonovermanhattan, winner of the Moonee Valley Vase G2 last Spring, lifted off his unplaced opening run at Sandown to run a solid fourth in Saturday’s MRC Autumn S. G2, 2.9 lengths from the winner San Nicasio. He is nominated for both the Australian Guineas and the Australian Cup next month.

3YO filly Boundary has progressed steadily from her maiden win last November to Flemington success in January and her first start in Group company on Saturday. Although beaten 3.8 lengths by Sabatini in the MRC Kevin Hayes S. G3,  she was doing her best work over the final stages. Her next assignment is likely to be the $200,000 MRC Angus Armanasco S. 1400m G2 on 28 February.

Meanwhile, Manhattan Rain’s 2012 crop is already throwing up likely stars for next season – two of his four second crop starters have already won. 

Manhattan Blues scored well on debut at Morphettville in January and at his third start finished strongly for second in the MRC Inglis 2YO Premier (R) LR. He’s not entered for the Blue Diamond S. G1 and trainer Tony McEvoy says he is looking forward to getting him over a mile at three.

In New Zealand Platinum Dragon won his second start on 6 February, confirming the ability he had shown trainer Lisa Latta in trials and trackwork. He’s nominated for the Manawatu Sires’ Produce S. G1 on 27 March.

With 22 winners and $1.1 million in season earnings, Manhattan Rain is third on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list. He has six colts and three fillies catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, including one of each sex in the Arrowfield draft.