Manhattan Blonde debuts at Sandown

Feb 22, 2012

Geelong trainer Vin Malady has brought forward the race debut of Manhattan Blonde to avoid running the well-named filly in a heatwave early next week.

Malady planned to run the two-year-old at Moe on Monday but is happy for her to step out on Wednesday in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1000m) at Sandown.

"Ideally I would have started her off at Moe but it is going to be about 36 degrees and when a few of the Blue Diamond Prelude runners didn't accept at Sandown we decided to go there instead," Malady said.

"She's had a few trials against older horses and done well so I think she can be competitive although there is a bit of the unknown about it."

Malady hasn't trained many two-year-olds but is optimistic there are fun times ahead for the owners of the Barely A Moment filly who is from El Moxie mare Lexington Avenue.

Lexington Avenue in Manhattan was the classic cinematic scene where Marilyn Monroe's skirt billowed up when she stood on a subway grating while shooting The Seven Year Itch.

Linda Meech will ride Manhattan Blonde in Wednesday fillies' event which has also attracted three other first starters in the eight-horse field.

General Nediym youngster Albadeen, trained by Peter Morgan, the David Hayes-trained Fastnet Rock filly Kincara Miss and Robbie Laing's Lonhruge, by Lonhro, all make their debut.

Hayes will also run Popular Acclaim who at her only two starts was third to Blue Diamond contender Formidable at Flemington on debut and second to Lil Red Corvette at Moonee Valley.

Steven Arnold will ride Popular Acclaim while Brad Rawiller will partner Kincara Miss.

The Doug Harrison-trained Nicskioffski is the only winner in the field having scored at Mornington last start on January 20.