May 18, 2018
It was a deserved victory on the back of consistent form for Believing who was so strong to the line over 1200m at Pakenham on Thursday night.
Appreciating a drop in class having been contesting handy BM70 events, the son of Bel Espirt had his share of weight but was always travelling well midfield for Jye McNeil - getting the splits in the straight and showing good heart over the final stages.
Recording his fifth victory and increasing is prize money tally to beyond $175,000, Believing has been competitive and metropolitan level and McNeil feels he is capable of a city win - "at his best he is up to midweek grade, maybe even better," he said.
"It's only a short one but he does have a really good turn of foot and he finished off well tongith, it was a good effort. Onwards and upwards for him."
"He is an honest horse," said Ryan Griffiths, "and it was good to get the chocolates for really good owners. He did well considering that the better part of the track is out wider."
Bred in Queensland and purchased by Robbie with Peter Ford at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Believing is a half-brother to the city winner Bold Kingston from the family of his sire's best known daughter Black Caviar.
His dam Hypatia, a Distant Music half-sister to the Listed winner Iconic out of a daughter of the dual Group winning sprinter Scandinavia (Black Caviar's grandam), was served last spring by Unencumbered having produced three others by him.