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Young Sydney filly Manaya is out to prove her Warwick Farm trainer Michael Costa she has spring potential when she takes on a class field of her own kind first-up at Randwick in Saturday’s Silver Shadow Stakes 2016.
The nicely-bred daughter of Hinchinbrook is a half-sister to former top class mare Hot Danish and has had just the one run to date ahead of her resuming run in the $175,000 Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) on the weekend.
She won back-to-back Sydney trials in the autumn before her successful debut at Scone in mid-May.
Costa ran her for the first time from a wide barrier (11 of 16) in the Listed Woodlands Stakes (1100m) in the winter where Lester Grace rode her to a one and a half-length victory over Raiment in the two-years-old handicap.
Since then she has had a further two trials to bring her on fitness-wise ahead of her first Group race assignment on Warwick Stakes Day.
On August 2 at Rosehill over 900m Manaya ran third in a hit-out with Jason Collett aboard before Glyn Schofield took over for her latest trial on August 12.
Manaya ran fourth in the 1000m heat at her home Warwick Farm track behind the John O’Shea-trained Impending.
Despite the form around the trial, Costa said he wasn’t all that impressed watching the replay.
He has gained a little confidence however after the post-heat report from Schofield who had nothing but praise for Manaya and her efforts.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a jockey come back and give such positive feedback about a horse after a trial,” Costa told Racing Victoria.
“From my point of view, I thought she would trial a little better than she appeared but Glyn wasn’t concerned.
“This is why I’m a little unsure. Personally I think she may not be as sharp as she was last preparation but I’ve got to respect the opinion of a leading and experienced jockey like Glyn.”
Schofield retains the ride in Saturday’s set weights plus penalties race where Manaya is draw mid-field in barrier six.
The current Silver Shadow Stakes odds are firmly led by Chris Waller’s market mover Omei Sword ($2.70) drawn one closer to the rails in gate five.
She has had three trials ahead of her first-up run and looks fit ahead of her spring kick-off where the daughter of High Chaparral chases her first Black-Type win.
Manaya occupies the second line of Silver Shadow Stakes betting at $3.80 after her impressive win on debut, but Costa remains unsure of how she’ll present on race day.
“She never really got an opportunity to have a decent break and she had a little hiccup also in between,” he said.
“I’ve got supreme faith in her ability, it is just whether the spring has come a little soon for her.”
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