Not only did Hay List take out his first Group One, BEL ESPRIT unearthed another Group One performer in True Persuasion, which was bred and is owned by long-time client Marion Smart.
Trained by Mick Price, the 4YO entire fought on the whole way and ran Hay List to a two and a half panel second in the Manikato.
There’s certainly no discredit in running second to a horse like Hay List and True Persuasion is clearly in line for a Group One win of his own.
Certainly he has hardly put a foot wrong in 12 starts to date with four wins, six placings and $305,713 in stakes.
Eliza Park would also like to congratulate the connections of Hollowlea who won the $200,000 Statue of Liberty Stutt Stakes-G2 (somewhat fittingly the race immediately following Hay List’s demolition of the Manikato).
And finally, a big pat on the back to the Mark Kavanagh stable after the win of Shrapnel in the TEAC Plate earlier in the night.
The promising 3YO colt is by Charge Forward out of the Snippets mare Fragmentation, making him a half brother to 2010 Newmarket Handicap-G1 winner and Eliza Park’s star recruit WANTED.