Blue Gum Farm’s Phillip Campbell was thrilled to see Runaway step out at Flemington in the time-honoured Melbourne Cup proudly flying the flag for their stallion, Manhattan Rain and the Victorian breeding industry.
“It’s just incredible to think he is the only runner in the Cup by an Australian stallion and we are so proud that he’s ours and Victorian bred!”
“Manhattan Rain has quite amazingly sired a Golden Slipper winner and twelve other Group or stakes winners and here he is with runner in the Cup – it would have been a dream come true. It was a great effort by Gai and Stevie Baster and we are so proud to have been involved,” Campbell said.
“When you draw comparisons to Manhattan Rain’s sire, Encosta da Lago was able to get the precocious and brilliant sprinters, but he also got plenty of gallopers that were able to get out over classic distances and win. While Manhattan Rain’s half-brother, Redoute’s Choice is exactly the same, so it is no great surprise that he possesses this versatility over a wide variety of distances.”
And although most of the team were watching from the farm with the breeding season still in full swing, all have been in awe of just how well Manhattan Rain has performed in the covering shed.
“The season has been a breeze for him, as he puts no pressure on himself. He is just the most magnificently fertile stallion and a complete professional.”
“The agents and managers of walk in farms have been paying us some great compliments. Christoph Jentsch from Heartford Thoroughbreds has sent three mares to Manhattan Rain and all three are positive on just one cover. And it’s great to hear Bassinghall’s Tas Riley so confident that the mares are going to get in foal “thanks to his great libido.”
“He is just no-fuss, deadly fertile and is working through his substantial books very well. There are a number of influential breeders who have returned their mares this year, and as some mares are now struggling to get in foal to other matings, his book continues to grow as the season continues,” Campbell said.
“With the wonderful Encosta Connection, and what he has been able to achieve on the track since he came down to us at the start of 2017, it is just wonderful to be associated with him. The Encosta legacy continues.”
“When you see so many breeders rushing off to unproven first season sires with substantial service fees, without knowing if they can get a runner or not, Manhattan Rain is brilliant value at $17,500. He is tried and true, still a young horse and doing a marvellous job,” Campbell said.
“Even trusted and respected Bloodstock judges like Damon Gabbedy commented that “he is the most underrated, best value, proven stallion in Australia. He has shown his versatility by siring a Golden Slipper winner and a St Leger winner in the same crop.”
“He has had four stakes winners in the 2017/18 season, of which three were new, a stakes wining two-year-old in each crop so far, he had an undefeated Group 2 winning two-year-old going into the slipper in his third crop, and he won the slipper in his fourth crop. Being now the sire of 13 stakes winners, and with progeny earnings over $15 million – they are just amazing stats!”