A regally-bred individual with astounding presence
While analysing the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale catalogue, one particular pedigree brought a smile to my face having enjoyed so much success training both his sire as well as a host of high class performers from his family. It was a beautifully bred colt by Manhattan Rain, a sire distinguished by his pedigree before he set foot on a racetrack, as the son of a Champion sire and a Champion broodmare, while being a half-brother to Champion sire Redoute's Choice. As an individual, Manhattan Rain looks every inch the stunning athlete promised by his breeding, and this colt reminds me so much of his sire.
“A regally-bred individual with astounding presence, this colt reminds me ever so much of his sire and displays the same willing attitude as his family possessed”
Living up to his fabulous pedigree and looks was never going to be easy, however Manhattan Rain is now distinguished by his own top-class race record. A Group 1-winning 2 year old who also placed in three of Australia's most famous races - the Golden Slipper, Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate, he is the only son of Encosta de Lago to win a 2 year old Group 1 race in Australia.
Now as a sire with 17 stakes performers from his first three crops, Manhattan Rain is expanding the dynasty established by his famous half-brother Redoute’s Choice and he’s doing it with an impressive range of talent. Scarlet Rain burst on the Sydney 2 year old scene under my care last season with three successive wins, including the Group 2 ATC Sweet Embrace Stakes.
The dam, Charlety Star, has already produced my talented dual Group 3 winning mare Najoom from her 100% winners to runners’ record. The family has superior performers in the four time Group 1 winning colt Criterion, last season’s Group 1 performer Muwaary and my Group 3 winning colt Bull Point, a top flight performer who finished third in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes on his stakes debut. Charlety Star is a half-sister to 2 of my dual Listed winners in the ultra-tough Upon The Rock, whom I guided to 6 wins, as well as talented Bhutane Dane.
It was a successful weekend for the stables with three winners and only 2.2 lengths in the way of another three wins.
What is harder… winning a Melbourne Cup or winning three undercard races on Melbourne Cup day?
What a terrific day for the GWR & ABR team on Melbourne Cup day with five winners & two nail biting seconds across NSW & VIC.
Fabrizio was at his best again on Saturday.
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“This colt has a great shoulder, a strong hind end with real athleticism. He is the image of his illustrious father.”