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, as Manhattan Rain already has with She will Reign, but among the slew of stakes winners he did sire were 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 over the past week, Manhattan Rain has now mirrored 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.
There is the promise of more in the coming months too as his connections 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 combined with their Melbourne stable rider Stephen Baster to win the Listed event for two-year-olds with tough filly Let Me Sleep On It.
A $60,000 purchase at the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale, Let Me Sleep On It is from a Zizou half-sister to Group 1 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.
The juvenile’s victory made it stakes winner number twelve for Manhattan Rain with seven of those being two-year-old stakes winners.
Note: While his barn-mate had dual stakes success over the past week, Blue Gum sire Turffontein got the five individual winners on this past Friday and Sunday. The winners came at Hobart (two winners), Penola, Benalla and the Sunshine Coast.