Paris Lane (stable nickname Percy), as with many great Australian racehorses, was born and broken in at Lindsay Park Stud. His first race start was in a 2-year-old handicap at Moe on the 18th of July 1993. He won his next start, a race for maidens, over 1200 metres at Yarra Valley on October 28th 1993. In May of 1994 he won the Queensland Guineas at Eagle farm before finishing second in each of the Hollindale Stakes, Doomben Cup and the Queensland Derby.
Back in Melbourne for the 1994 Spring Racing Carnival, Paris Lane won the Caulfield Cup ridden by Damien Oliver, plus The Mackinnon Stakes, before finishing second in The Melbourne Cup.
He had his last start in the 1996 Australian Cup and finished his career with earnings of over $1.7 million, with 7 wins and 14 placings from 28 starts.
Lee Freedman said of Paris Lane, “He was an amazing horse as he had his legs put on backwards. His Caulfield Cup win was a dominant performance in track record time, and he was a bit stiff in the Melbourne Cup that year.”
In his retirement “Percy” also acts as Uncle to the Mackinnon polo ponies in large paddock on Mt Emu Creek at Langi Willi.
Melissa Jackson, his strapper, remembers Percy as having tremendous character. He was renowned for a pig root in the parade ring which would see his hind legs so far off the ground that they would be above his head!
Date of Birth: 09/09/1990 at Lindsay Park Stud, South Australia
Sex: Gelding Colour: Bay
Sire: Persian Heights (GB) Dam: French Twist (AUS)
Grand Sire: Valley Forge (IRE)
Owners: William St. No’s 11 & 12 Syndicates (Mgrs A P Ramsden, R E Clements & R S Lodge)
Colours: Dark Blue, Gold Armbands and Cap
Prize Money: $1,739,840
Starts: 28 Wins: 7 2nds: 10 3rds: 4
- Caulfield Cup (1994)
- MacKinnon Stakes (1994)
|07/05/1994||E FM||Good||1600||QLD GNEAS|
|28/10/1993||Y VL||Good||1200||MDN SW|