Fresh is best for Gin Lizzie

Jul 08, 2016

Gin Lizzie lit up the gloom when she scored a terrific first-up win on the Pakenham Synthetic track.

Gin Lizzie stepped out in the last race of the 10-event card, the Bate Design Strategies BM64 Handicap (1200m), which was run with the aid of the Pakenham lights as the winter sun had just about set at 5pm.

The mare had not raced since an unplaced run at Sandown in March but became the latest Ellerton Zahra Racing runner to prevail on synthetic tracks.

Regular rider Chris Symons stuck around at Pakenham to ride the four-year-old in the $23,000 race and gave his mount time to balance behind midfield while a reasonable speed prevailed up front.

Symons eased Gin Lizzie to the outside early in the straight before the daughter of Flying Spur powered home in the last 200m to get home narrowly.

“She seems to race really well fresh now,” Simon Zahra, who trains Gin Lizzie in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“She won first-up in her last prep back in December last year and then she also won fresh from a shorter break at Sale do she’s developing a pattern of performing fresh.

“She’s a good mare on her day and those days seem to be when she’s coming off a break. It was a strong win.”

Gin Lizzie’s fourth win from 20 starts earned connections a $12,650 winner’s cheque, taking her stakes tally to more than $63,000.

Congratulations to Gin Lizzie’s terrific band of owners and all involved with her latest success.