Promising future set in Stone

Greystone is going to win much better races than a Class 1 at Cranbourne if Friday night’s victory is a sign of things to come.  Jockey Brad Rawiller sent the giant gelding charging through a gap in the straight to score a narrow victory in the Ted Bull Funeral Services Hcp (1200m).

Greystone (4g Dash For Cash – She Lago by Encosta de Lago) was racing second-up after an autumn campaign that included a maiden win at Geelong.  “Brad got him settled and felt as far out as the 800m he would be involved at the business end,” trainer Luke Oliver said. “The last 200 metres was very impressive.”

Oliver has been patient with the grey and that will pay dividends this campaign.  “I’ve been a big wrap for this horse since he arrived here as a two year old.  He must be one of the biggest and heaviest horses stabled at Caulfield and has taken time to mature.

“He’s an absolute gent at home and is still a long way from the finished article which makes him an exciting prospect.”

Swettenham Stud sire Dash For Cash got him from She Lago who won five races in Melbourne with a highlight being the 2004 VRC Silver Bowl Series Final at Flemington.

She Lago was raced by a syndicate that included Tom Molnar and Peter Walsh and they also own Greystone and his 2yo half-brother by up-and-coming Swettenham sire Host.  “Tom and Peter are looking for some partners to race that gelding,” Oliver revealed.  “They are great people to race a horse with and Host is really starting to hit his straps.

“His gelding is strong and athletic.  He’s also Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold qualified and we will be looking to exploit those races through his three year old season.”

– Karl Patterson

Giant son of Dash For Cash wins at Cranbourne