Crafty winner for Manhattan Rain

Qatar Bloodstock’s claret and gold silks entered the Australian city winner’s circle for the second time in a week when Manhattan Rain’s 2YO daughter Crafty won by three lengths at Sandown on Wednesday.

The Arrowfield-bred filly powered home by three lengths over 1200 metres on the Slow 6 track, sprinting her final 600 metres in 33.53 seconds, the best time of the day.

Crafty (2f Manhattan Rain – Spirited Dancer by Sadler’s Wells) was purchased at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale by David Redvers for the bloodstock investment company established in 2010 by Sheikh Fahad al Thani and his brothers.  They won with Cautious (Lonhro) at Sandown last Wednesday.

Crafty was bought from Arrowfield for $150,000 and was making her first appearance since a pair of placings in February and March.

“I conceded Puzzle and Fairy Star might be too good for her but she stepped up and she has always shown ability,” trainer Robert Smerdon said.  “I wasn’t quite sure she had made the improvement but she was terrific.  We are thinking that she will be better at middle distance and beyond, so it is a case of seeing how far we can get her out, possibly over a mile this preparation.

“I think spring may be too close so we will keep her going and look at the autumn with her.”

Crafty is the third winner for Arrowfield freshman Manhattan Rain – he has also been represented by the Mick Price-trained Moonovermanhattan (G3 National Stakes), winning filly Downtown Manhattan and stakes-placed colts Chengdu (Perth) and Light Up Manhattan (Melbourne & Adelaide).

Manhattan Rain, All American, I Am Invincible and Denman are the only first season sires that have left Australian stakes winners this season.

Crafty is a half-sister to Flemington Group 3 winner Lunar Rise (Starcraft) whose full brother was purchased at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale by Badger’s Bloodstock.  Spirited Dancer, from the immediate family of champion Peintre Celebre, has a weanling filly by Gio Ponti and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.