Eliza Park’s drive to develop stallion prospects paid dividends at Flemington on Saturday (6 March) with the victory of Dissolved in the Moomba Plate-LR over 1100m.
A bred in the purple son of Lonhro, Dissolved took the step up to black type in his massive stride and has now three of his five starts, with a second and third thrown in.
Purchased by John Hawkes for $300,000 at the 2008 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Eliza Park quickly snapped up a share in the Lonhro colt to ensure he would spend his stud future south of the Murray.
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.
Interestingly, both Lonhro (11-time Group One winner) and Grand Armee staged a number of racetrack tussles, with the latter being successful in Lonhro’s last race, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes-G1 at Randwick.
AAP and Breednet both had this to say about Dissolved following his Flemington romp …
Dissolved proves too good at Flemington
Dissolved, a dead-ringer for his sire Lonhro, brought back memories of the 11-time Group One winner when he won the MSS Security Moomba Plate at Flemington on Australian Cup Day.
Wayne Hawkes, who trains the colt in partnership with his father John and brother Michael, had a bit to do with Lonhro when John trained the now-stallion during his stellar career which included a memorable win in the 2004 Australian Cup.
“He’s the spitting image of his old man,” Wayne Hawkes said.
“He’s a lovely horse and he’s done everything right. He overraced in the early stages and I think he’s a dead-set sprinter.
“He’ll go to Sydney now. I’ve been looking forward to seeing how he goes the reverse way.”
Ridden by Steven King, Dissolved ($9) settled second with the entire field of nine runners racing down the crown of the track in the straight 1100m Listed Race.
The striking looking 3YO forged clear to score by 1.25 lengths from Kwassa Kwassa with Rarefied the same margin away third.
New stakes winner for Lonhro
Lonhro was expected to sire a stakes winner at Flemington on Saturday with his star colt Denman hot favourite for the Group One VRC Australian Guineas, but with that race washed out by a freak hail storm it was left to lightly raced colt Dissolved to fly the Lonhro flag.
Prepared by the Hawkes racing team, Dissolved emerged victorious from his first attempt at a Black Type event, racing up on the pace and surging clear at the finish to take the 1100 metre Listed VRC Moomba Plate by more than a length.
Taken along quietly, Dissolved has won three of five starts and placed on the other two occasions, earning $155,775 in prizemoney.
Dissolved is the latest stakes winner to emerge from a very strong Black Type family that has produced Group One stars such as Anamato, Absolute Champion and Drum.
Interestingly, Dissolved has a 3 x 3 double cross of Sir Tristram (IRE) in his pedigree and while most pedigree watchers would associate that with stamina, it has obviously produced a more speedy outcome with Dissolved.
Yarralumla has no yearling this year, but had a colt last spring and was then covered by Commands.
Dissolved is the 11th stakes winner for Darley based Lonhro and is his eighth Australian stakes winner this season.
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