Sunday, October 24, 2010


Moonee Valley wasn’t only a happy hunting ground yesterday for BEL ESPRIT who grabbed a 1, 3 in the Group Two Schweppes with the brilliant, unbeaten mare, Black Caviar and the highly promising entire True Persuasion.
While much of the focus – naturally enough – centred on Black Caviar, True Persuasion also put in a cracking run to grab third – his second Group placing on the trot after finishing second to Hay List in Group One Manikato Stakes in September.
Running second and third behind Hay List and Black Caviar looks good on any resume and trainer Mick Price is confident True Persuasion can crack it at Group One level and may well travel to New Zealand for its summer carnival.
Congratulations to breeder/owner Marianne Smart who has put a helluva lot into this game and is thoroughly deserved of whatever comes her way.

Marianne Smart (left) with Eliza Park's Tracey Doolan
But while BEL ESPRIT took the kudos for the Schweppes, the spotlight also fell on two other Eliza Park stallions – WRITTEN TYCOON and GOD’S OWN – earlier in the day.
Written Tycoon’s Masthead and God’s Own’s Manor Lady – both first starters – fought on gamely in the $250,000 Microflite Helicopters Inglis Banner over 1000m at the Valley, finishing second and third respectively.
Masthead won his trial at Cranbourne for Lee Freedman last month, but had absolutely no luck in running yesterday, turning sideways on jumping and smothered up between horses for a good part of the journey. Once clear, he showed plenty to indicate a win is not far in the offing.
Masthead is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Balsamico and was bred by Vintage Bloodstock in South Australia.
Manor Lady also held on well after sharing the lead turning for home. Trained at Cranbourne by Robbie Griffiths, she won her only barrier trial convincingly and with yesterday’s run under her belt, is another who should be visiting the winners’ circle soon.
Out of the Grand Lodge mare, M’Lady’s Manor, Manor Lady was bred by Adam Palmer.

God’s Own stands at Eliza Park in conjunction with Yallambee Stud.

Masthead (Written Tycoon) as a yearling.
Manor Lady (God's Own) as a yearling.

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