Manhattan Rain relocates to Blue Gum Farm

Whisky Baron: became his sire's first Group 1 winner last weekend

PICTURE: Manhattan Rain relocates to Victoria
By Ollie O'Donoghue 12:29PM 4 FEB 2017

MANHATTAN RAIN, second to So You Think in the Cox Plate, will relocate to Blue Gum Farm in Victoria from Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales.

Manhattan Rain won the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes and also placed in both the Golden Slipper Stakes and Champagne Stakes at two. At three, he was second in the Cox Plate and placed in the Caulfield Guineas.

Manhattan Rain is by Encosta De Lago, who sired 15 of his 26 individual Group 1 winners from his original base at Blue Gum Farm.

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Manhattan Rain is also a half-brother to champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice.

With his oldest progeny now just five, the four-year-old Whisky Baron became his sire's first Group 1 winner last weekend when taking the Sun Met at Kenilworth.

"We put forward a proposal to stand Manhattan Rain when he retired from the racetrack" said Blue Gum Farm's Philip Campbell.

"We rated him highly then and we rate him even more highly now. I believe he is a fantastic fit for the Victorian Breeding industry now as there is simply no guess work involved.

"He is already a proven and consistent source of quality group performers and his yearlings continue to be in high demand with a top price of A$360,000 already attained at Australia's first yearling sale this year.

"It's funny how things work out but this really does feel right for us," added Campbell. "We feel that the Encosta De Lago legacy, that started here so successfully with the amazing support of Victorian breeders, is ‘coming home' so to speak through his best son at stud. It just seems like a wonderful fit."

Manhattan Rain will stand the 2017 breeding season at a fee of A$16,500.

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