Elusive State off the mark in style

Elusive State responding well to Lynsey Satherley's urgings to win well on debut today.

Elusive State responding well to Lynsey Satherley’s urgings to win well on debut today.

Trevor and Martin Cruz have a promising three-year-old prospect on their hands in Elusive State.

The brothers produced the youngster for a smart debut victory in the New World 1200 at Te Rapa today to further fuel their hopes for next season with the gelding.

Elusive State, who is raced by their mother Angel, pleasantly surprised his connections with his first-up performance.

“We expected him to run a place at best as the ground was our main concern,” said Trevor Cruz.

“He’s only had one trial and the plan was to put him out after that and bring him back for the spring, but things changed and we needed to give him a run.”

Elusive State had given an early indication of his talent when he finished runner-up at the Cambridge trials in March behind the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Bonneval, who was subsequently an impressive debut winner at Hastings.

“Our bloke is still very green so he will learn a lot,” said Cruz. “He’ll come back a better horse, hopefully for the Guineas races.”

The first two-year-old runner for the stable, Elusive State took control at the top of the straight under Lynsey Satherley and he fought on tenaciously to hold out the challenge of the favourite Poker Face and Zavistic.

By All American out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, Elusive State is a half-brother to Absolut Excelencia, a stakes winner with 10 wins to his credit.

– NZ Racing Desk.