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Silver Shadow Return For Classy Manaya

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Promising filly Manaya has returned to the stable of trainer Michael Costa as she commences her build-up to the spring, reports Racing.com. Manaya, who is a three-quarter sister to the brilliant dual Gr1-winning mare Hot Danish, made an auspicious start to her career when storming home from last on the turn to win the Listed Woodlands Stakes (1100m) at Scone in May. Costa has some lofty ambitions for the 2YO who is likely to open her spring campaign in the Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 20 August. "She went out at 484 kg and she has come back 532 kg, which is very pleasing considering she hasn't really had that much time away," Costa said. "She spent three weeks on the water walker so never really got completely turned out but she has freshened up and is in great shape." He added: "It [the Silver Shadow] is only eight weeks away so we may be racing against the clock but that is where I'd like to kick off with her." Costa said Manaya will most probably be restricted to races of seven furlongs or less. "I don't want to stretch her to a mile in the spring, it might be something we look at next preparation but at the moment I think she is best suited in sprint races up to 1400m," he said. "We could potentially look at something like the Golden Rose [Gr1] before heading to Melbourne but that is all dependant on how she comes up and whether she suggests she is capable of being competitive in that grade."

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