Essence terrorises Geelong rivals

Jun 07, 2016

Synthetic tracks continued to provide Ellerton Zahra Racing with winter winners when Essence Of Terror scored a determined victory at Geelong.

Six of the stable’s last 10 winners have come on synthetic tracks with Iamhere, Prized Lily and Trinity River scoring at Geelong while Crystal Dreamer and Constant Return won on the Pakenham synthetic circuit.

Essence Of Terror has placed three times in her nine winless outings but switching to the synthetic surface was a big part of the filly’s breakthrough victory.

Chris Symons had partnered Essence Of Terror at her two previous runs this time in and stuck with the daughter of Reward For Effort in the JB Scott 3YO Fillies’ Maiden (1200m).

Symons let Essence Of Terror travel comfortably midfield before easing her four wide to improve from the 550m.

Essence Of Terror challenged the leaders early in the straight but faced a strong challenge from the $1.50 favourite Frothed with 200m to run.

However, Essence Of Terror refused to yield in the straight, seeing off the Godolphin challenger to get home by three quarters of a length.

“She just wasn’t quite handling the soft tracks so switching her to the synthetic track was the natural way to go with her and it worked out perfectly,” Simon Zahra, who trains in partnership with Essence Of Terror with Mathew Ellerton said.

“We were really happy with the way she fought in the straight and the first two beat the third horse by a long way.”

Essence Of Terror’s maiden win earned connections a $17,300 winner’s cheque, taking her stakes tally to more than $34,000.

Congratulations to all involved with Essence Of Terror’s terrific Geelong success.