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Promising filly Manhattan Maid has earned an interstate stakes assignment after scoring a stylish win at Caulfield.

The Choisir two-year-old maintained a perfect family record when she became the fourth winner from as many foals from her dam Take Manhattan when she took out Saturday’s Jack Elliott Hcp (1100m).

Darren Weir has trained all of Take Manhattan’s progeny and believes Manhattan Maid could be the best after she raced on the pace and scored by 1-1/4 lengths from Light Touch and the Mark Kavanagh-trained debutante Miss Stellabelle.

At her only other start she was a three-quarter length second to Euryale at Sandown on April 13.

Weir is now keen to give Manhattan Maid the chance to be the first member of her immediate family to become a major race winner in the Listed Dequetteville Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville on May 8.

“She is a pretty good filly and we might try and pinch a bit of black type with her and then bring her back for the spring,” Weir said.

“She will definitely be a better horse next time.

“She is a big, scopy filly and I think she will get over a bit of ground later on.”

Manhattan Maid was bred at Gerry Ryan’s Limerick Lane Stud and is owned by breeder John Sutcliffe.

Her winning half-sisters are Manhattan Joy and Manhattan Treasure and her winning half-brother Manden is also a dual city placegetter.


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