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. Read More …