The Manipulator back

PROMISING Panspacificflight four-year-old The Manipulator has resumed hoppled work at the All Stars Stable in Canterbury and should be seen back on the track this autumn.

The first winner left by Panspacificflight in New Zealand, The Manipulator looked to have a big future before he suffered a knee injury a year ago. He’d had two wins and two seconds from four starts before he was injured.

The dam of The Manipulator, the Presidential Ball mare Luckisaladytonight, produced a full sister to him this season.

Raconteur filly

ONE OF THE LATEST additions to the Macca Lodge broodmare band is the dam of one of the North Island’s most promising two-year-old fillies.

The McIntyres bought the Bettor’s Delight mare Raconteur from Tuapeka Lodge late last year and have enjoyed watching the progress of her first surviving foal Talkerup, the Oaks-bound Changeover filly who has gone 1:56 and won three of her first five starts.

Now Raconteur’s second foal, Ask Again, looks like she’ll be a contender in the upcoming two-year-old fillies classics.

After being unbeaten at her two public workouts, the Mach Three filly was an impressive qualifier at the Auckland trials on 27 February.

Trainer Brent Mangos sooled her to the lead in a 1700 metres mobile heat at Alexandra Park and she ran away to win by three lengths, posting a 2:00 mile rate with a closing quarter of 27.3.

Ask Again was a $35,000 purchase at last year’s yearling sales. A three-quarter brother, Culpeka (Mach Three-Tuapeka Maddy), sold for $62,000 at last month’s sales.

Raconteur and Tuapeka Maddy are out of the Holmes Hanover mare Letatalk, who has left the big West Australian winner Machtu (also by Mach Three) as well as Tight Lipped, who posted his third win at Palmerston North on 01 March.