Top Melbourne jockey Craig Newitt rates Manton 2yo Disputes equal to any youngster he has ridden following her slashing debut third in the Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick last Saturday.
Newitt made the comment to connections immediately after the race and didn’t back away from his claim having had several days to consider his words when interviewed yesterday.
Near enough to last on the home turn, Newitt angled Disputes for a rails run only to see it close leaving him with no option by to ease off the heals of runners while the leader Defiant Dame kicked clear with a winning break. Newitt was forced to shift seven to eight horses wide to get into clear ground and Disputes worked home stylishly to earn black type in the time honoured Gimcrack Stakes.
“She gave me a real good feel. She balanced up and has a real good temperament and although they were probably a bit sharp for her over 1000 metres she will develop into a very handy horse”, said Newitt.
“Her sectionals in the Gimcrack were the best of any horse in the race and they ran faster time than the colts in the Breeders Plate.
“She will be better as a three year old and over more ground but it would not surprise me if she won a big two year old race. I don’t know what they (Darley) have in store for her but I would be happy to ride her in anything she goes around in. She is certainly worth following.
” The big crowd got her a bit excited on the day but she is a real professional and will take tremendous improvement from the run”.
Trained by Peter Snowden for the Darley team, Disputes is the first runner from the first crop of Danehill Stallion Manton who stands at Tareena Stud near Taree.
Disputes is one of six Manton sired nominations for the 2011 Golden Slipper and all are from the Darley stable.
Manton is a group-winning son of Danehill from the Grosvenor mare Kensington Gardens who produced five stakes winners. Each of Kensington Gardens Group Winners have in turn produced Group winners when retired to stud with Manton making a more than fair start as he attempts to emulate his full siblings Blackfriars and Larrocha.
Manton produced 35 live foals in his first season at stud for Darley and after his second season was called to a halt he finished with six live foals from 11 mares served.
Relocated to Tareena, Manton served 26 mares last season and stud master Ian McRobert said the quieter surrounds had enabled Manton to greatly improve on fertility.
‘His first foals here are very athletic and we are terribly excited about the first up run by Disputes in the Gimcrack. His first crop two year olds are in the top stables (Snowden and Lee Freedman) and although he does not have the numbers to match most of the first season sires Iam sure the quality of his off spring will have some people sit up and take notice”
Should Disputes continue on her way and a couple of other Manton’s first crop runners step up to the plate and earn black type it may prove difficult to acquire one of his second crop youngsters with only six live foals.
Manton stands his second season at Tareena at a fee of $5,000.00 inclusive of GST.
For details contact Ian McRobert on 0438 531 205.
Release by Rod Manning Blue Chip Sports Management 0437 272 700.