Man­hat­tan’s mile Zip

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACE DAY PREVIEW - SHAYNE O’CASS

MAN­HAT­TAN Zip took a half­dozen runs to get a “medal” but trainer Gary Colvin is con­fi­dent that it’s on­wards and up­wards from here.

The son of Golden Slipper win­ner She Will Reign’s sire Man­hat­tan Rain was clearly build­ing up to a ‘PB’ which came as re­cently as 13 days ago when he charged home over the top of his ri­vals to win at Corowa.

That was Man­hat­tan Zip’s first run over 1400m, to­day he will at­tempt the mile for the first time — a trip that ought to play more to his ob­vi­ous strengths.

“He is com­ing along nicely but when the penny drops he’ll be an even bet­ter horse,’’ Colvin said.

“He’s done well af­ter that run, I know he is go­ing up in grade but I think he will be right in it.

“I am talk­ing 1600m to 2000m with him be­cause he is such a good-winded horse.

“This cam­paign we’ll try him at the mile but later on he’ll prob­a­bly get to 2000m when he ma­tures.

“We are think­ing he could be a High­way horse at some stage be­cause he has a lot of im­prove­ment to come.

“It was a re­ally good win the other day. It is very hard to come from that far back at Corowa and win.’’

Man­hat­tan Zip was rid­den to per­fec­tion at Corowa by star ap­pren­tice Blaike McDougall who will be aboard the geld­ing again to­day.

The only dif­fer­ence is that Man­hat­tan Zip will carry 59kg, up 4.5kg from his Septem­ber 17 vic­tory.

“When you are rac­ing down in the lesser races, you can han­dle it but once you get up around the Class 3s and Class 4s, you find it pretty hard to carry weight but he should han­dle it all right (to­day),’’ Colvin said.

McDougall will be re­united with a sec­ond ‘last-start Colvin-trained win­ner’ at Cootamundra this af­ter- noon, namely Danetrille who runs in the main event. Colvin is aiming for his sec­ond Cootamundra Cup (1600m) hav­ing won the race five years ago with Dantrille’s half­brother Street Ride.

Danetrille ar­rives for his Sun­day mis­sion in tremen­dous shape hav­ing won the Grif­fith Cup (1350m) three weeks ago by 1¼ lengths, a mar­gin which flat­tered his op­po­si­tion such was the Colvin charge’s dom­i­nance.

“He was go­ing to win that race (at Grif­fith) a long way out,’’ Colvin said.

“Danetrille is the same sort of horse as Man­hat­tan Zip in that he can get over a bit of ground but he’s got a good sprint at the end of his races and that gives him a re­ally good chance of win­ning.

“It’s a pretty strong field for a coun­try cup but Danetrille’s got a light weight.

“Also, he drew well and I give him a real good chance.’’

BEST BET Race 6: No.7 Ski­ing Girl NEXT BEST Race 1: No.6 One More Tip­ple VALUE Race 8: No.4 Mar­queeJOCKEY TO FOL­LOWQUADDIEWith a strong book, jockey Mathew Cahill should leave Cootamundra with a few win­ners.

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