Right as Rain at Gold Coast & Moonee Valley

A new stakes performer and an easy city winner gave progressive young sire Manhattan Rain a mid-winter boost on Saturday.

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne 3YO filly Wild Rain scored an easy win over 1000 metres after settling in the trail behind the early leaders. Taken wide around the turn by jockey Glen Boss, she sped home to score by 2.5 lengths from Pilly’s Wish and It’s Poets Day.

It was the chestnut filly’s third city success and fourth win from 10 starts for trainer Mark Kavanagh who said she would be aimed at the popular series of 955-metre sprints held at Moonee Valley during the summer. “She’s a great little horse and we’ll just keep her going.”

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred, Wild Rain is from North Flower (by Rory’s Jester), herself a 2YO winner at Morphettville and a half-sister to Group winners North Boy and Northern Song, and to the dam of 2003 Horse of the Year Northerly.

North Flower has also left the stakes-placed city winner Flowerchild to Redoute’s Choice, and has an unraced 2YO filly by Starcraft named Tahlia Star and a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom.

Wild Rain was a $150,000 Kavanagh buy from Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and is raced by Isobel & Levi Kavanagh, Brett Griffith & Tim Storey of Collins St Partners, Wade McKibben, Stan & Anna Hunt and Gary & Rhonda Ma.

A little earlier in the day Manhattan Rain’s 3YO son Right or Wrong continued his progress in good company with a hard-fought second in the $125,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Daybreak Lover S. 1800m LR.

It was the gelding’s first try beyond the 1600 metres of his second win at Ipswich last month, and only New Zealand filly No Tricks denied him a stakes victory, by a long neck. 

Bred by Steve Tregea’s Windemere Stud in Queensland, Right or Wrong is the third winner out of the Flying Spur mare Impulsive Lass, herself a city-winning half-sister to Blue Diamond G1 winner Reward For Effort, multiple stakeswinner Consular and Bahia, the dam of Overreach (Golden Slipper G1). 

Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan (also from a Flying Spur mare) heads Manhattan Rain’s record of four stakeswinners and four other stakes performers among 33 worldwide first-crop winners.

Third by winners on the Australian 2nd Season Sires’ list, the half-brother to Redoute’s Choice has amassed 2014/15 earnings of more than $1.7 million. He has also achieved career-high yearling prices of $700,000 for the La Bamba colt and $360,000 for the Gibraltar Campion filly, both purchased from April’s Inglis Easter Sale.

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.

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