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

Runners

Stakeswinners
(2YO SW)

 All Stakes Performers

Encosta De Lago

111

4 (2)

 9

Manhattan Rain

79

4 (2)

10

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.

Third stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain

Trainer Gai Waterhouse sent 3YO filly Ondina to Adelaide with an “excellent each way chance” and punters who took her advice were smiling after Saturday’s $80,000 SAJC Laelia S. 1600m LR.

The daughter of Manhattan Rain – himself Waterhouse-trained – jumped well from her wide gate and Blake Spriggs kept her going into the lead which she held staunchly all the way to the line to win by a long head from Into The Mist.

The result was a case of upstart younger brother getting the better of his famous older sibling: Into The Mist is by Manhattan Rain’s half-brother and Arrowfield barn-mate Redoute’s Choice. 

Ondina was bought from the Tyreel Stud draft at the 2013 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $40,000 by Star Thoroughbreds. She has now won three of her six starts and more than $100,000 for her owners including David Henderson, who also celebrated a Group race double at Rosehill with Excess Knowledge & Pornichet. David races Ondina with Rhonda & Jan Henderson, Gaye Smith, Gary Greedy, Leon Laskey, Maureen & David McLeish, Phillip Vanny, John Menzies, N B C Racing (Manager: Caroline Bayot) and Wayne Cook.

Bred by Dean Fleming, Ondina is a half-sister to smart Melbourne winner Holy Cow from the Irish-bred stakes performer Mermaid Island (by Mujadil),  a half-sister to Irish Thousand Guineas winner Nightime.

Manhattan Rain’s tally of 7 stakes performers from his first two crops places him firmly among Australia’s leading second crop sires. He holds fourth position on that list with 25 winners and $1.3 million this season alone.

It’s an encouraging sign that fresh talent keeps appearing for Manhattan, represented in the Spring by Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan, Group-placed Crafty & Manhattan Avenue, and Light Up Manhattan, fourth in the Victoria Derby G1.

As well as Ondina, the Autumn has unveiled 2YO Manhattan Blues, fourth in the Blue Diamond S. G1;  Manhattan Island who won impressively at Hawkesbury on Thursday; and the Nigel Blackiston-trained Manapine whose campaign is aimed at the South Australian Derby G1 on 9 May.

Manhattan Rain’s six fillies and four colts at Inglis Easter 2015 will be offered by Arrowfield, Attunga Stud, Goodwood Farm, Newhaven Park and Turangga Farm. Arrowfield’s draft includes Wandjina’s standout half-brother from La Bamba, and a lovely, well-balanced filly from dual stakeswinner Gibraltar Campion – view the Arrowfield draft here.

Manhattan Rain pours it on in 2015

Manhattan Rain has consolidated his chasing position on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with five winners since New Year’s Day, three of them in city class.

The latest member of his first crop to shine is the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly Ondina whose scored an eye-catching win at her second start, over 1350 metres at Wyong on Thursday.

Ondina is the second foal of Mermaid Island (by Mujadil) and was bred by Dean Fleming who sold her under the Tyreel Stud banner for $40,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. The buyer was Star Thoroughbreds and the filly’s owners include David Henderson, also a part-owner of Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente and multiple Group 2 winner Sweet Idea.

As Star Thoroughbreds suggests, Ondina’s early success suggests that more wins are in store for her.

Manhattan Rain’s year began when 3YO filly Wild Rain (ex North Flower by Rory’s Jester) graduated to metropolitan company at Moonee Valley on 3 January and followed up two weeks later with a third placing at Flemington.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh said of Wild Rain after her Moonee Valley win, “She’s a fast fllly, she obviously runs well here so we’ll see how we go, it will be nice to just take her through her grades.”

A day later Right Or Wrong broke his maiden by 3.8 lengths at his second start on the Sunshine Coast. From the Flying Spur mare Impulsive Lass, he’s bred on the same cross as Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan.

Next up was a Saturday metropolitan double by 3YO Boundary and 2YO debutant Manhattan Blues on 10 January.

Boundary (ex One Dream by Danehill) has progressed quickly from her maiden win in November to win a 1400-metre event at Flemington on 10 January.  Trainer Heath Conners then sent her for a brief spell with a plan to set her for black type contests in the Autumn. He believes Boundary will be seen at her best when she steps up to 2000 metres.

Trainer Tony McEvoy now regrets not entering Manhattan Blues (ex Belle Feline by Tale of the Cat) for the Blue Diamond and the Golden Slipper. The chestnut gelding has thrived since defeating Karlovaso and Comprende over 1000 metres at Morphettville and has earned a run in Monday’s $120,000 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR. 

McEvoy says, “He has really surprised me with the way he has come on. He hasn’t missed a beat this horse.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do, so this [Monday’s run] will tell us a lot more about him and where he fits into things.”

This month’s results have pushed Manhattan Rain’s season earnings through the $1 million mark and he retains second position on the Second Season Sires’ list, behind I Am Invincible and just ahead of Turffontein.

The Group 1-winning son of Encosta de Lago has 10 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, including a colt and a filly in the Arrowfield draft, and nine lots in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. That group also features a colt and a filly consigned by Arrowfield.

Click here for the upcoming Arrowfield Yearling Sale drafts.