Glamour Sydney mare More Joyous (More Than Ready – Sunday Joy, by Sunday Silence) will need to overcome last season’s champion two-year-old Sepoy (Elusive Quality – Watchful, by Danehill) if she is to give her sire his first stakes win of the season in Friday’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Vinery resident More Than Ready (Southern Halo – Woodman’s Girl, by Woodman) has sired the winners of 26 races this season but stakes success has eluded him so far.
Sepoy and More Joyous are the favoured runners in an eight-horse field. Mossman (Success Express – Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) gelding Buffering (Mossman – Action Annie, by Anabaa) will provide another opportunity for a Vinery sire to win the $500,000 race.
Kulgrinda (Exceed And Excel – River Crossing, by Bellotto) will give Darley sires their second shot at claiming the Manikato Stakes.
Former Hong Kong sprinter Happy Zero (Danzero – Have Love, by Canny Lad) will represent the new Rosemont Stud stallion Danzero (Danehill – Confidentially, by Kaoru Star).
Manikato Stakes (1200m) – Group 1 – Of $500,000
|1||HAPPY ZERO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Darren Beadman||2||58.5kg||Danzero|
|2||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||3||58.5kg||Mossman|
|3||ATOMIC FORCE||Darren Smith||Damien Oliver||7||58.5kg||Danehill Dancer|
|4||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||4||56.5kg||More Than Ready|
|5||SISTER MADLY||John Sadler||Craig Williams||5||56.5kg||Redoute’s Choice|
|6||RUE MAPLE||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||6||56.5kg||Choisir|
|7||KULGRINDA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8||56.5kg||Exceed And Excel|
|8||SEPOY||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||1||52kg||Elusive Quality|