Manner Hill puts Tamworth owner breeder on a new high
TAMWORTH north-western NSW breeder and owner Bob Shelton appears to be on track to be on a high again from his wisdom in mating his unraced High Regard mare High Wisdom again with a sire who was then available at the local Stratheden Stud owned by the Marheine family.
On the first occasion a mating with the Star Watch STC Todman Slipper Trial winner Pauillac resulted in a performer named On A High who became a winner for him of nine races, including the Group 2 Villiers Stakes at Randwick.
Six years after Shelton bred On A High, the 2003 season, he sent High Wisdom to the powerfully bred, versatile Danehill Sydney performer Manner Hill, then fresh out of work and looking after a small book of mares at Stratheden.
This mating produced Manahi, a bay gelding currently emerging as a good class runner at Tamworth in the ownership of Mr and Mrs Shelton and friends and in the local stables of Paul St Vincent. Now a 4-year-old, Manahi has won his last two races, scoring by 1.8 lengths at nearby Quirindi on October 24 and then at Tamworth on November 17.
He is one of nine money earners that Manner Hill has had from 14 runners out of mares of modest quality from two very light seasons in NSW. The others have included Feisty Manner (a winner at Brisbane and Seymour), Charming Manners (won Darwin), Pub Torque (won Dubbo, Tamworth) and Convent Hill (Cessnock).
The performances of the progeny of Manner Hill from his very restricted use in NSW has been very pleasing for prominent Victorian racing and breeding identity Danny Rose as he was able to secure this16.1 hands bay son of Danehill and the great racemare Mannerism for his young Cherokee Rose Stud near Lancefield in Victoria.
Breeders responded to the commercial opportunity provided Manner Hill at Cherokee Rose by supplying him with 93 mares in his first season, 2005, and following up with 82 in 2006 and 96 in 2007. In the latter year he had over 100 booked in, but a number were unable to travel from interstate owing to the equine influenza epidemic.
The first of the Manner Hills got at Cherokee Rose are now 2-year-olds and include offspring of mares by Canny Lad, Zephyr Bay, Bluebird (USA), Perugino (USA), Tabasco Cat (USA), Bletchingly, Fairy King, Desert Sun (GB), Centaine, Dehere (USA), Yeats (USAO, Flying Spur, Arena, Umatilla, Catrail (USA), Noalcoholic (FR), Spectrum (IRE), Raami (GB), Zeditave, Thunder Gulch (USA) and Fasliyev (USA).
Raced by a syndicate including the Marheines of the Stratheden Stud, Manner Hill won six races from 1100m to 2400m, including two stakes and appearances at Randwick, Rosehill Gardens, Canterbury and Flemington. In addition he was runner up in seven races and fourth in the Group1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.
Manner Hill is one of two proven Danehill sires standing at the up and coming Cherokee Rose Stud. Initially used in Queensland and sire of 72 winners, he is Legal Opinion, a half-brother to Zeditave and Falvelon�s sire Alannon. His first crop got at Cherokee Rose are yearlings.
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