The outstanding SA Derby class of 2015 could continue to impact feature races in Australia and overseas in 2017 with the impending return to racing of Manapine.
Saturday’s $500,000 South Australian Derby (2500m) could be more significant than just a fourth Group 1 victory for trainer Nigel Blackiston.
I have always held a high opinion of this son of Manhattan Rain. Despite being a little frustrated at seeing him in awkward positions at the rear of the field in recent starts, I was confident his luck would turn especially over the longer distance of 2500m in Saturday’s race.
We took two horses to Ballarat today and both ran very well, Manapine coming right away to win his maiden at the second time of asking.