Saintly staying performance

Saintly staying performance10 Aug 2022

Saint Eustace looked well-placed to add another win to his record on the Hillside course at Sandown and so it proved for the son of Tavistock with a strong staying performance.

The six-year-old bided his time at the back of the 2400 metre contest and produced an irresistible finish in the hands of apprentice Tatum Bull.

“That was great and very grateful for the opportunity to train him He’s a good jumper but here he is winning on the flat and he looks like he’s got plenty more flat races up his sleeve,” trainer Steven Pateman said.

“The claim helped him and he was impressive on the line so it’s exciting.”

Saint Eustace had hinted further success was on his way at his last appearance when he came from well off the pace to finish fourth in a slowly run Flemington Cup over 2800 metres.

“We walked away from Flemington happy, he hit the line well, but not happy with the way the race was run,” Pateman said.

Saint Eustace was purchased out of Cambridge Stud’s 2018 draft at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale for $160,000 by trainer Mick Price, who produced him to win twice before relocating to Pateman and doubling his winning tally.

He is a son of the late Zabeel mare Zsa Zsa Gabeel, who is out of a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Golden Sword and to the dam of the G1 Australian Oaks heroine Royal Descent.