Persan ridden by Jye McNeil wins at Flemington on June 06 (Image: Racing Photos/Brett Holburt)
Pierro colt Persan has confirmed his place as a stayer of the future after recording his first metropolitan success at Flemington on Saturday.
Having just his fourth run for the Ciaron Maher stable after beginning his career with David Payne in Sydney, Persan forged clear to win the Grand Flaneur Handicap (2000m) to signal his potential as a genuine stayer.
"We haven’t rushed him at all," co-trainer Dave Eustace said of the 13-start veteran after the race. "The Ballarat team have brought him along steadily and I think we’re just starting to reap the rewards.
"He hasn’t had a lot of racing and we’ve spaced his runs a little bit. He’s a colt and his condition is good. There’s another race over 2000 metres here in a couple of weeks.
"But he’ll definitely get a mile and a half."
Starting at $7, Persan had a margin of two lengths over Hypercane ($9.50), who finished just ahead of the easing favourite Coolth ($2.90), who fuinished on strongly from the back of the field for third.
Persan was purchased as a weanling for $160,000 by James Bester but did not make his $300,000 reserve when offered as a yearling.
Successful jockey Jye McNeil said he felt Persan was capable of rising in distance.
"I am sure he can," he said. "Getting going early suited him. He’s an out and out stayer and the I know the team have a really good opinion of him.
"I was happy to roll forward today and when there looked to be a bit of speed, it worked out perfect for us to get the run of the race."
Runner-up Hypercane continued his strong Adelaide form while the promising Coolth, who had come from last to win at his first two starts in South Australia, was set a similar task again on Saturday and performed credibly to beat all but the first two home.