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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Tuesday, April 18 2017

The well-related Manhattan Street is progressing well along the path to a return to black type competition.

Manhattan Street - Race Images Palmerston North

Trainer Lisa Latta said the close relative to the multiple Group One-winning sprinter Lankan Rupee is on target to resume in the Gr.3 Inglis Sale Cambridge Breeders' Stakes at the end of the month, providing underfoot conditions are to suit.

"He's had a couple of jump-outs and I'm looking at kicking him off in that three-year-old race at Te Rapa on April 29.

"I'll be keeping an eye on the weather though, he needs a wet track."

Manhattan Street showed his liking for rain-affected going when he was unbeaten in his first three starts last season, including the Listed Ryder Stakes.

He suffered his first defeat when runner-up in his three-year-old debut behind Highlad in the Listed Wanganui Guineas before connections decided to try their luck in Australia.

Unfortunately, Manhattan Street struck a good track at Moonee Valley and tailed the field home in the Gr.2 Stutt Stakes. He promptly returned home and following another below-par effort in the Wellington Guineas Trial at Trentham he was spelled.

"He was getting quite heavy so we gelded him and he's come back well, he has grown a lot," Latta said.

Stablemate Mighty Solomon's presence at the Waikato meeting will also depend on the weather, but by contrast he needs reasonable ground.

"He's had a bit of a foot issue which we've worked through and I'm hoping to get him to Te Rapa, but if it's too wet he'll go to the paddock," Latta said.

Mighty Solomon hasn't raced since he finished fourth behind Kawi in the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic.

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