Runnymede trainer Michael Voss prepared his first winner when Farasi scored a narrow but impressive victory at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart on Sunday. Voss is Charlie Goggin’s son-in-law and only acquired his licence last month.
Farasi (4g Bel Esprit – Belevah by Prince Echo) was having his second start for Voss and went into the race on the back of an encouraging second when he sat outside the leader but kept giving in the straight.
On Sunday, jockey Shuji Amano settled the gelding well back in the field despite instructions to go forward and be near the lead. The gelding delivered a powerful finishing burst down the outside rail to score narrowly from Lover Boy (Arena) and first-starter Elvadon (Elvstroem).
Farasi is from the same crop as Bel Esprit’s world champion Black Caviar. His dam Belevah won in Adelaide and her first foal Oddball (Distorted Humor) won five races in Victoria and South Australia. He was followed by the minor winners Shaddar (Sandpit) and I’m A Belevah (Happy Giggle). Farasi took her score to a perfect four-from-four.
Belevah is based at the Liston family’s Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in Victoria. Unfortunately, she has failed to produce another foal since Farasi and is empty again after missing to Bel Esprit.