Manhattan Rain’s Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign looks perfectly set for another brilliant Autumn campaign following her first-up win in the $250,000 Restricted Listed Inglis Sprint at Warwick Farm.
And her sire is on a similar high after serving a stallion career record 112 mares last breeding season off the back of his relocation to Euroa’s Blue Gum Farm.
Blue Gum’s Phillip Campbell was thrilled to see the exceptional Gary Portelli trained, Darby Racing owned filly back on the track.
“Her record is near perfect, eight starts for six wins and a second. She has done a phenomenal job, being a three-year-old filly that has beaten the older sprinters at Group 1 weight-for-age level (the Moir Stakes),” Campbell said.
The daughter of Manhattan Rain will now head to Melbourne for the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield in a fortnight before a tilt at the TJ Smith Stakes during The Championships at Randwick.
She Will Reign was a $20,000 purchase for Darby Racing from the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling sale but some of her paternal relations were fetching much higher prices at this year’s sale.
The filly out of Flying Flanders sold for $120,000, a colt out of Love In Spring colt sold to Aston Bloodstock for $150,000 and, on Day 4 of the sale, a filly out of Di Maria sold to New Zealand for $140,000.
“Those results give him recognition. He has a highly competitive service fee, and with only five crops of racing age, he has an exceptional runners-to-winners and a brilliant runners-to-stakes horses. He has more than proven that he can get the top liners,” Campbell said.
“These rewards in the ring for the breeders supporting him are no surprise to me, when you consider Manhattan Rain’s pedigree, his performance and the record he is compiling.”
While the sire won’t have any yearlings at the upcoming Premier Sale, he has a single lot catalogued for the Inglis Easter Sale…and no doubt many more to come in future seasons.
“We wish he had a few Manhattan yearlings at Premier, but he only came down to us last season. They will be very well represented and there in full force come 2020 onwards,” said Campbell.
“We are thrilled that he is now down here in Victoria and in our own backyard.”