Manhattan’s mile Zip
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.’’
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