After six placings in 11 starts, the victory of Statue of Liberty 4YO, Manhattan Lad, at Benalla yesterday (13 April) was seriously well deserved.
Fighting out a thrilling finish with Danbird filly, Super Swell – a three quarter sister to Group One winner Bel Mer and the Group winner Mooring – Manhattan Lad got his noggin up right on the line to score by a whisker.
Bred, part-owned and trained by the (Wayne) Nichols clan, Manhattan Lad is out of the Noalcoholic mare Destry Girl.
Picked up by Wayne for song at the 2003 Inglis March Thoroughbred Sale, Destry Girl won 11 races and is now the dam of eight winners from eight to race.
Manhattan Lad’s half sister, Devil May Care, won five over the 1000m including the Bob Hoysted Stakes-LR at Flemington.