Racingâ€™s first lady Gai Waterhouse says she was â€œthrilledâ€ with Manhattan Rainâ€™s return to racing in the Group III Caulfield Guineas Prelude on Saturday.
Manhattan Rain tracked the early speed before being overrun late by the eventual winner Demerit and the boom colt Trusting to finish third, beaten half a length.
â€œI thought his run was terrific,â€ Waterhouse said. â€œHeâ€™s shown heâ€™s back to his best and can only be improved on the run in the Caulfield Guineas.
â€œHeâ€™s a big, gross colt who has taken plenty of work to get him ready to race. Heâ€™ll only go on to better things after his run on Saturday.â€
Waterhouse is expecting the 1600 metres of the Caulfield Guineas to be much more suitable for the son of Encosta De Lagoâ€™s next run.
â€œThe mile will be right up his alley,â€ Waterhouse said. â€œHeâ€™s going to be very hard to beat in the Caulfield Guineas.â€