Progressive four-year-old Persan, whose G1-winning dam Ofcourseican is a half-sister to Varsfontein Stud’s boom sire Gimmethegreenlight, picked up his biggest win to date when he won the G3 The Bart Cummings Handicap (2510m) at Flemington on Saturday afternoon.
A son of Pierro, Persan guaranteed himself a berth in the upcoming $8 000 000 G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) with his latest victory.
Under a fine ride from Jye McNeil, Persan took the shortest way home and he was able to draw away from Sound for a length victory, while the always-honest Steel Prince finished a close third.
McNeil has already secured a ride in the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17 aboard the Danny O’Brien-trained Orderofthegarter.
The up-and-coming hoop could also now be in with a chance to ride Persan, whose Melbourne Cup odds were slashed on Saturday, in the Melbourne Cup 2020.
“He’s an amazing horse I can’t thank the team enough it’s a huge effort,” co-trainer Eustace said post-win.
“They’ve kept him going the whole way through. Proud of the horse. He’s an incredible horse, he’s changed a lot. He’s a much more relaxed horse and that’s taken him a long way.”
Since relocating to trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Persan has been the soul of consistency, with the colt finishing in the top three in each of his last ten starts.
Persan, who has now won six of his 19 starts and has earned $655 671, holds entries in both the G1 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
The well-bred entire, who has all been ensured himself a future career at stud, is out of Gimmethegreenlight’s top-class half-sister Ofcourseican. A daughter of Mossman, Ofcourseican won eight races, and earned over $790 000, with her wins including scores in both the G1 Coolmore Classic and G3 Liverpool City Cup.
Sire of more than 50 black-type horses thus far including multiple Equus champion Got The Greenlight, Gimmethegreenlight has 14 lots on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, including a half-brother (Lot 63) to Horse Of The Year Legislate, and a half-brother (Lot 161) to dual G3 winner Captain Splendid and impressive debut winner Malmoos.