Statue Of Liberty youngster Lessyd kicked off a Flemington double for Eliza Park International sires on Saturday with a last-stride victory in the Better Beyond Plate (1100m).
Lessyd is trained by Tony McEvoy and he nailed stablemate and fellow Victorian bred 2yo Hey Doc (Duporth) by a short-head in a thrilling contest down the straight at headquarters. Moshway, a son of fellow EPI stallion Moshe, was a nose away third.
The winner had been placed at Moonee Valley and Geelong at his first two starts in December and will now be set for the $250,000 Inglis Premier at Caulfield on February 6.
“It’s taken him time to learn but he was much more professional today,” McEvoy said.
“He kept chasing hard to the line.”
Lessyd (2g Statue Of Liberty – Miss Chard by Al Samer) cost $100,000 from Euroa based Glenelg Park at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. He has already earned $94,800, boosted by a VOBIS bonus of $43,800, for a syndicate that includes Scott Cameron and breeder Wayne Harrison.
The Victorian bred gelding is the first foal of a sister to Mr Chard and races in the same colours as the G3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes winner.
Eliza Park International sold a Statue Of Liberty colt to George Moore Bloodstock for $180,000 at the Magic Millions last week and there’s another five of his yearlings entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier including a brother to G3 Proud Miss Stakes winner Miss Steele (Lot 345).
Statue Of Liberty has sired the winners of 44 races this season and Lessyd sent him past $1 million in earnings since August 1. His first juvenile winner of the season was Claro el Banco in the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic at Ballarat in November.
View the details of the five lots by Statue of Liberty being offered at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.