Great performance by the John Hawkes-trained, Dissolved, in the Schweppervescence Plate at Moonee Valley.
This was the Lonhro colt’s first run from a spell and he led for most of the journey before eventually succumbing to the Bel Esprit pair of Tollesprit and True Persuasion.
Eliza Park is ever vigilant when citing stallion prospects and was quick to purchase a share in Dissolved, a flashy brown colt very much in the mould of his illustrious sire, Lonhro.
The best performed son of the legendary Ingham galloper Octagonal, Lonhro won 11 Group Ones and is now flying at stud with 10 stakes winners including Golden Rose-G1 hero Denman, already a dual black type winner in 2010.
Impressively, Lonhro’s oldest progeny are 4YOs and also include spring Group Two winner, O’Lonhro who won second up at Warwick Farm last week.
Dissolved is out of the Grand Lodge mare, Yarralumla, a winning half sister to Grand Armee (13 wins – 7 at Group One level) and closely related to STC Rosehill Guineas-G1 winner Dealer Principal.
Dissolved, who won two of his first three starts (finishing second in the other), is now being targeted for the $1.5 million AJC Emirates Doncaster Mile-G1 at Randwick on 17 April.
(Coincidentally, Grand Armee won the 2003 Doncaster before finishing second to Private Steer in the Doncaster the following year. Five days later – on 17 April 2004 – Grand Armee defeated Lonhro in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes-G1 … Lonhro’s last race).
We also have lingering memories of Sir John making the presentation at the 1977 Melbourne Cup when clearly in a tired and emotional state.