Constant Return scores before lights go out at Pakenham

May 19, 2016

The lights stayed on just long enough for Constant Return to recorded a terrific maiden win on the Pakenham Synthetic circuit.

Constant Return’s race was the last to that was run at the meeting before a major power failure caused the abandonment of the night fixture after four races.

Terrible conditions greeted Constant Return and her rider Chris Symons when they stepped onto the track for the APM Group Maiden Plate (1600m) but the pair ploughed through wind and rain to post a game victory.

Constant Return began well before Symons gave the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained filly the perfect smother, midfield on the rail, while many of her rivals faced the strong wind and heavy rain.

Symons let Constant Return track up behind the leaders rounding the home turn but waited for a gap to appear between the leaders early in the straight before asking the daughter of Super Saver to quicken.

The gap appeared at the 300m before Constant Return sprinted sharply to get home by 1-¼ lengths.

“The weather was terrible but it didn’t worry her too much because she gave a really good performance,” Zahra said.

“Chris rode her to get the best out of her in the conditions. He kept her out of the breeze as long as he could and saved her for one run, which turned out to be perfect tactics.

“We had tried her over a mile a couple of times before she won over the distance but she might even want a bit further because she relaxed really well.

“She’ll be better again for the experience and might be able to win another one before she has a break.”

Constant Return’s win earned her large band of terrific owners more than $20,000 in prizemoney and bonuses, taking her overall stakes tally to more than $28,000.

Congratulations to all involved with Constant Return’s exciting win.