Manntari is standing in NZ

The Curragh's National Stakes winner, Manntari, confirmed his place among the New Zealand stallion ranks this spring with a timely winning double at the Tauranga meeting on Saturday.

"There has been uncertainty about whether Manntari was going to stand in New Zealand this year because it looked as if he was going to be sold to a stud in France," said Rick Williams, general manager of The Oaks Stud in Cambridge.

"That is why he is omitted from the New Zealand stallion register this year," Williams added.

"But the sale did not eventuate so he is now going to remain in New Zealand," Williams said.

The Tauranga double on Saturday by Manntari's progeny included the meeting's feature race, the Listed $NZ30,000 Beacon Whakatane Cup (2170m), won by Ebony Boy (ex Fashionable), a four-year-old trained in Taranaki by David Eagar.

Ebony Boy has put together a very accomplished racing record with six wins and eight minor placings from only 27 starts.

The other winner for Mannatari at Tauranga on Saturday was another four-year-old, Shanamann (ex Sleepy Shan), who cleared maiden ranks.

"It is clear that Manntari's progeny have needed time and now they appear to have the makings of very good stayers," Williams said.

Manntari, a son of Doyoun, began stud duties in New Zealand in 1995 after he had triumphed as a two-year-old in the Group One Curragh Smurfit National Stakes (1400m).

From his first crop Manntari was represented by the Group One Victoria One Thousand Guineas winner, Shizu, in Australia.

Manntari's fee at The Oaks Stud this year will be $NZ4000 plus GST.