Manikato mission for Arinosa

Dash For Cash mare Arinosa punched her ticket to the Melbourne spring carnival after landing a plunge in the G2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The medium of strong support into a $3.40 favourite, the Chris Wallers trained grey sprouted wings in the final furlong to defeat her stablemate Dystopia (Redoute’s Choice) by a half-head.  “There’s a Group 1 in this mare,” Waller said.  “She’s won in Melbourne and the Manikato Stakes looks a good race for her.”

The Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) is scheduled for October 25 at Moonee Valley.  She also holds a nomination for the G1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 9.

Arinosa (6m Dash For Cash – Amoroso by Revoque) was rated Australia’s most improved mare last season after graduating from a Benchmark 75 win at Canterbury to a Group 2 victory in the Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.

She returned to action after a 19 week spell and appeared to have improved again on Epsom Handicap day.  “Arinosa just goes from one step to another,” Waller added.  “She’s taking on better horses and keeps on winning.”

Swettenham Stud resident Dash For Cash sired her from Amoroso who won races at Sandown and Cheltenham for Swettenham owner Adam Sangster.

She was part of Swettenham’s draft at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and made $32,500 to the bid of David and Lynley Puglisi.  They have banked over $514,000 in prizemoney and there’s a couple of million-dollar races on the radar in Melbourne.

Amoroso has a 2yo colt by Dash for Cash who stands for a $7,700 (inc gst) service fee at Swettenham.

– Karl Patterson