The Elivass story

Elivass (FR), a five-year-old Le Havre gelding out of the Azamour mare Edilisa and the winner in his first Australian race of the $200,000, Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday, is a product of the Aga Khan’s breeding and racing operation with not only breeding to match, but also the patience to give him a year off to recover from injury.

Elivass raced once at two, for a second at Bordeaux over 1900m in October 2021. He sustained an injury and he did not race again until January 2023 when he won over 1800m on the All Weather track at Lyon La Soie.

Six further wins followed, along with a second, from seven starts, including at Listed level over 2000m at Nancy last September.

Well known bloodstock agent Louis Le Metayer saw Elivass at a Horses In Training Sale at Arc time in October and was not sure if he would have a budget to buy. Elivass is a fine type and well suited to Soft conditions with three of those wins on Soft rated tracks.

However, Le Metayer prevailed at auction and secured Elivass with co-trainer Gai Waterhouse soon on the phone to discuss a future for Elivass at Tulloch Lodge at Randwick.

The win first up under Tim Clark with 54kg, was a fine feat for the import in his first preparation in Australia and suitable reward for the ownership group which includes La Metayer and Tom Seymour’s Seymour Bloodstock, Miss W J Williams, Aston Bloodstock, Mr F W Cook, French Kiss Thoroughbreds, Mr R McClure, Mr R E B Mews, Mr C J Atkins, Mr J M Simmons, Mr M Collins, Mr BV Dossetor, Mr J Grose, Mr N G Lamond, Mr J Lucas, Mr C Olofinsky, Mr M D Wiener, Mr C L Harris, Mrs J L Ind and Mrs R J Mula.

Eliyass (FR) and Tim Clark heading to a stylish victory, picture