Sheikh Mohammed homebred Dissolute has shown an impressive turn of foot to win the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic (1200m) at Swan Hill.
The John O’Shea-trained two-year-old came again to beat the easing favourite Gimlet. “Everything panned out right and I liked the way he finished it off,” stable representative Alan Johns said on Friday. “He has got it all ahead of him. He’s going to keep improving as he matures into a three-year-old.”
Dissolute has been in consistent form since transferring to Godolphin’s southern stable at Flemington. He was runner-up to Valliano in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield in April and then had excuses in the LR Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield and G3 National Stakes at Morphettville.
“He had every chance today and it was good to see him get the job done,” jockey James Winks said. “He found another gear when Gimlet ranged up and it was quite a soft win at the finish.”
The Classic has been the launching pad for several outstanding gallopers and, with an added VOBIS Gold bonus, has come a long way since Elvstroem collected just $7,000 for his win in 2003. His half-brother Haradasun banked $8,000 after bolting in by 10 lengths in 2006.
Dissolute is from the final Victorian crop of former Darley shuttler New Approach and he defeated Inglis 2015 Premier Sale graduates Gimlet (Yallambee Stud) and Barbie’s Boy (Rosemont Stud). He’s a half-brother to LR Nivison Stakes winner Quidnunc (Lonhro) and her stakes-placed sister Segolene.
Their Group 2 placed dam Dorky (Grand Lodge) was snapped up by Supreme Thoroughbreds for $38,000 at the 2015 Inglis Broodmare Sale. She has a cracking Epaulette filly for the 2017 Melbourne Premier and is due to Helmet in October. Supreme’s Brent Grayling and Neil Shaw have booked her into Written Tycoon this year.