Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Darren Winningham
Michael Costa welcomed a baby son this week and he hopes the good news continues on Saturday

Gold Coast trainer Michael Costa welcomed a baby son this week and he hopes the good news continues on Saturday.

Costa is one of the up-and-coming trainers in Queensland having already got nearly 200 winners in his five-year career.

He has built a strong team on the back of some smart horses including Manaya who is favourite for the Ascot Plaza Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm.

Manaya was recently sold in an online auction to the Glenlogan Park Stud which is an indication of her ability.

Glenlogan, for decades one of Queensland’s biggest studs, has had a change in direction and now concentrates much of its business on quality mares.

“They target top-quality stock and obviously think she is up to that standard,” Costa said.

Costa was thrilled when Glenlogan elected to keep Manaya in training with him.

“There are a lot of trainers around and I am sure they would love a mare like Manaya,” Costa said.

“She will eventually go to stud but when is up in the air.

“It probably depends on how she goes this Saturday. If things go well I hope to get the green light for her to race on for another season.”

Costa has had a big opinion of Manaya since before she raced.

He took her to Scone for her first start where she won the 2016 Listed Woodlands Stakes.

Since then Manaya has generally raced in top company and was far from disgraced in three black -ype races in the winter.

However, she is best remembered for winning a race at the Gold Coast when her rein broke and she ran to the outside fence but was still far too good.

Manaya appreciated a drop back in class when she won her last start at Eagle Farm in open company and meets a similar field.

“She is up a bit in weight and has a tricky draw but she seems to like Eagle Farm,” Costa said.

Apprentice Jag Guthmann-Chester has been Manaya’s regular rider but he has moved to try his luck in Sydney.

Senior jockey Robbie Fradd has the Manaya ride on Saturday and will also be on Seetoomany in the One Fifty Ascot Bar Handicap for Costa.

A happy family man, including newborn Hugo, Costa is firmly entrenched on the Gold Coast.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free List of the Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Australian G1 winner dies in Hong Kong

Victoria Derby winner Extra Brut has died in Hong Kong after being injured in an accident on a walking machine....

Watch: This’ll Testya shows she is something special

Boom mare This’ll Testya was sent out as the short priced favourite at Ascot and she lived up to her...

Champion mare Winx to be a mum

The owners of champion Winx are expected to confirm she is successfully in-foal to super sire I Am Invincible in...

Watch: Scary scenes as police open fire at stablehands

Races at Turffontein on Saturday night were delayed as scary scenes broke out across the racecourse after police opened fire...

Photographer hit by runaway horse

Watch: Photographer hit by runaway horse

A photographer has been taken to hospital after a horse broke through the running rail at an Irish meeting overnight....

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.