Michael Costa sweating on Scone scratching

While not wishing ill on anyone else, trainer Michael Costa is anxiously waiting for a scratching at Scone to give two-year-old Manaya a start.

Costa celebrated a win at Canterbury with Viaductress on Wednesday before his thoughts turned to Manaya, the emergency for Saturday’s Listed Woodlands Stakes (1100m).

A half-sister to multiple Group One winner Hot Danish, Manaya is ready for her debut and Costa wants it to come sooner rather than later.

“She’s been nominated for a race at Wyong on Tuesday and there’s a race coming up at Canterbury in two weeks but we really don’t want to wait that long,” Costa said.

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“She’s ready to go now.

“Hopefully she has got half the ability of Hot Danish.”

A $65,000 yearling by Hinchinbrook, Manaya has so far shown her talent with wins in her two barrier trials by a combined 15 lengths.

Her three-year-old stablemate Viaductress lived up to her $3.60 favouritism with a one-length win over Echo Queen at Canterbury and is likely to return for another fillies race in two weeks.

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