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Champion Sire Encosta De Lago could sire stakes winners of any age and over any distance. The recent performances of the progeny of Manhattan Rain, Encosta’s most successful son at stud, reinforce the fact that he is definitely a chip off the old block.
Encosta might not have been able to sire the winner of a Golden Slipper, like Manhattan Rain already has with She will Reign, but among the slew of stakes winners he did sire were the winners of the listed VRC St Leger at Flemington and the listed MRC Redoute's Choice Stakes at Caulfield. With two new stakes winners in those races in the last few days, Manhattan Rain has now emulated the success of his illustrious sire in those events.
The VRC St Leger, the longest race for three-year-olds in the country, tests stamina to the absolute limit. But the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Runaway lived right up to his name by leading all the way to win the time honoured event on Anzac day. A $150,000 Easter yearling, Runaway was placed in his only two starts at two but as a half-brother to 2011 G1 Australian Oaks winner Absolutely and 2016 G1 Schweppes Oaks winner Abbey Marie, he has relished getting out over more ground in his classic year. His record now stands at three wins and four minor placings from 12 starts and prizemoney earnings of over $220,000.
There is the promise of more in the coming months too as his trainers contemplate a tilt at either the South Australian or Queensland Derby.
It was pretty much the same recipe for success in the Redoute's Choice Stakes. Waterhouse and Bott again combining with their Melbourne stable rider, Stephen Baster, to win the listed event for two-year-olds with tough filly Let Me Sleep On It (pictured). A $60,000 purchase at the 2017 Classic Sale, Let Me Sleep On It is from a Zizou half-sister to G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Headway.
Despite being a maiden from four starts coming into the race, Let Me Sleep On It had finished no further back than her unlucky fifth in the listed Dequetteville Stakes in Adelaide at her previous outing. In the Redoute's Choice, Let Me Sleep On It had to do some work early before getting across to race outside the leader and after kicking clear on straightening, went on to score an easy 2 1/4 length win.
That victory made it stakes winner number 12 for Manhattan Rain, with seven of those being two-year-old stakes winners.