Manhattan Rain under the weather for Saturday's horse racing?Posted on 30/08 by Pom de Turf
Weekly Expert Betting Tips - Join our free mailing listGai Waterhouse-trained Manhattan Rain is set to wear blinkers when he runs on Saturday after a flat-looking trial at Flemington.
On Tuesday the colt, who commands a reputation as one of Australia's most valuable horses, seemed to lose focus in the 800m jump out, according to The Age.
Yesterday's performance seems not in keeping with the horse's respected heritage, and does not appear to bode well for his chances in the group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington.
Quoted by The Age, Waterhouse said: "Back in Sydney he probably would have worked more brilliantly but he's in an area he's not sure of.
"He's certainly a lovely colt to do anything with and I'm confident he'll run very well down here over the spring. But I don't know whether he'll take a race or two to do that.''
On Saturday he will face Black Caviar, an unbeaten filly trained by Peter Moody with three wins in three starts.
However, her last win at Moonee Valley two weeks ago seemed a soft one and according to Racing and Sports, there is still room for improvement.
Manhattan Rain, the half brother to champion sire Redoute's Choice, was third out of four horses in the Tuesday trial and will have to improve if he is to secure the $250,000 Danehill Stakes.
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