The Bart Cummings Winner Persan Secures Melbourne Cup 2020 Bid

October 3, 2020

The Bart Cummings Winner Persan Secures Melbourne Cup 2020 Bid

Persan has raced his way into the 2020 Melbourne Cup field, the progressive young Ciaron Maher & David Payne-trained stayer too good for his rivals in an eye-catching Group 3 $500,000 The Bart Cummings (2510m) victory at Flemington.

Jye McNeil Jockey Stats (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Jockey Jye McNeil (pictured at Caulfield) rode Melbourne Cup-bound Persan to victory in The Bart Cummings 2020. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

In a brilliant training performance and thanks to a peach of a ride from jockey Jye McNeil, well-bred Pierro four-year-old Persan continued his ultra-consistent form with a gutsy victory on Turnbull Stakes Day securing the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup ballot exemption.

“He’s an amazing horse I can’t thank the team enough it’s a huge effort,” co-trainer Eustace said post-win.

“They’ve kept him going the whole way through.

“Proud of the horse. He’s an incredible horse, he’s changed a lot. He’s a much more relaxed horse and that’s taken him a long way.”

A late-season three-year-old originally trained by David Payne in Sydney, Persan only broke his maiden status back in May when second-up for his new stable in Melbourne.

“Really grateful for them to send us the horse down from Sydney,” Eustace added.

“They’re (connections) huge supporters of the game and a bit of a dream is obviously coming true, it’s great.”

The horse has gone from strength to strength since securing a further four wins over a lengthy prep before his breakthrough Group 3 success in The Bart Cummings.

Improving on a lead-up second at the track and distance from September 12, Persan was ridden off the pace in a strung-out field eventually led around by South Pacific from the 2000m.

The speed slackened-off mid-race as the moves began to come from the back, South Pacific doing all the work up front facing the breeze.

Once on the straight, Chris Waller’s favourite Shared Ambition charged down the centre as Michael Moroney-trained Sound and Persan both moved up.

In the end a nice move up the inside from McNeil who took the shortest way home gave Persan ($10) the advantage and he was able to draw away from Sound ($15) for a length victory, while the always-honest Steel Prince ($5.50) finished a close third for Anthony & Sam Freedman.

“The whole way through, we just wanted to get him in a good race with a decent temp and he’s finally got that today,” Eustace said.

“It was a beautiful ride from Jye.”

McNeil has already secured a ride in the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17 aboard the Danny O’Brien-trained Orderofthegarter.

The up-and-coming hoop could also now be in with a chance to ride Persan in the Melbourne Cup 2020.

“We’ve got to get him to stay the two miles now, but he switches off lovely and he’s got tactical speed and he’ll get in on the light weight,” Eustace said.

“It’s great for the whole team. It creates a real buzz around the yard and we won’t mind that there’s no one here to watch it!”

Persan has been slashed in the all-in 2020 Melbourne Cup odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au in from $101 to $34 – markets available in full here.

2020 The Bart Cummings Results

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 15 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1 55kg $10
2 6 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 1L 3 57.5kg $15
3 4 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 1.1L 14 58kg $7.50
4 12 SCHABAU (GER) Robert Hickmott William Pike 1.6L 10 55kg $5.50
5 2 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Williams 1.9L 9 58.5kg $5F
6 8 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 2.1L 7 56kg $15
7 11 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 2.3L 4 55kg $10
8 5 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 3.05L 2 57.5kg $5.50
9 20e SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Jordan Childs 5.05L 15 55kg $101
10 19e GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Craig Newitt 5.8L 12 55kg $81
11 3 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 7.05L 6 58kg $61
12 17e SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 7.25L 8 55kg $61
13 13 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 9.25L 11 55kg $31
14 14 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 14.25L 13 55kg $31
15 1 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Archie Alexander John Allen 22.25L 5 60.5kg $61
9 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Newitt 0
7 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden 0
21e ROLAND GARROS Adrian Corboy 0
16 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 0
10 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 0
18e KINANE (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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