First winner by Paco Boy

The Richard Hannon trained Beacon became the first winner for former NZ shuttler Paco Boy at Salisbury on Thursday.

Beacon (2c Paco Boy – Key Light by Acclamation) started a short-priced favourite after a fourth-place finish on debut at Doncaster on April 26.  He tracked leaders second-up and, when nudged along by Richard Hughes, finished on well to score by a neck in the Glebe Farm Stud Maiden Stakes (1000m).

Beacon was the first foal born by his sire and is from a daughter of G1 Phoenix Stakes winner Eva Luna.  Paco Boy was a Group 1 winner of the Queen Anne Stakes, Lockinge Stakes and Prix de la Foret for Hannon’s father Richard snr.

Paco Boy (Desert Style) shuttled from Highclere Stud to Waikato Stud for one season in 2011.  He covered just 60 mares and the only yearling from the crop to make the Karaka Premier Sale earlier this year – a half-brother to G1 Newmarket Hcp winner Shamexpress – changed hands for $110,000.

Northern hemisphere yearlings by Paco Boy were more popular in 2013 selling up to 190,000 euros (AUD 273,145).