7 February 2007
Manner Hill, a former versatile galloper who ran well up to Group1 level when in the Gai Waterhouse stables, joined the ever increasing huge list of Danehill sires of winners when Pub Torque, only his second runner, recorded a dashing 2.3 lengths debut win in a1000m juvenile event at one of NSW's most competitive country tracks, Tamworth, last week.
It was quite a fitting break through for Manner Hill as his racing owners included the Brian Marheine family, one which has the Stratheden Stud, a coo-ee away from the Tamworth track and it was here that this son of Danehill and the great racemare Mannerism looked after a small band of mares in 2003, a season that has resulted in only about a dozen potential runners.
At the time the Marheines were reducing their high quality broodmare band and moving away from standing sires.They have since arranged for Manner Hill to stand at one of Victoria's most progressive young studs, Danny Rose's Cherokee Rose Stud at Lancefield. Manner Hill moved to Cherokee Rose in 2005, a year he had 93 mares.
Like most of the Danehills, a very clean winded easy actioned galloper, Manner Hill proved equally at home on the racecourse at 1000m or 2400m. A tough performer, he won six races including two Group 3 events, the AJC Craven Plate and STC N.E. Manion Cup. In addition seven seconds included the Schweppes Cup at Caulfield and an Open Handicap at Flemington, while among other efforts were Group 3 thirds at Canterbury and Flemington and a fourth in the Group1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.
Breeders using Manner Hill not only tap into the awesome prepotency of Danehill, but also into marvelous qualities of the dam Mannerism. She was an outstanding performer from1200 to 2400m, her 13 wins including four Group1s, the Caulfield Cup, Futurity Stakes, Invitation Stakes and SAJC Australasian Oaks.
Always Welcome, a half-brother to the dam of Mannerism, was in the first two in eight Group1 races from 1200 to 1600m and another relation, Staging, won four Group 2s and was placed in both the big Brisbane winter sprints, the Doomben10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap. Staging is dam of the current Danewin product Excites, a winner at two of the AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and runner up at three last spring in the Caulfield Guineas.
The success of Manner Hill last week was the first leg of a double at the Tamworth meeting of progeny of Danehill sires now standing at Cherokee Rose Stud after starting off elsewhere.The other winner was Full Bench, a three-year-old by Legal Opinion, a sire who is having widespread success since he was transferred south from Queensland late last year.
Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service
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