Heatherly's pace prevails in Carlyon Stakes

Aug 20, 2016

Heatherly has plenty of improvement in her but her class prevailed in Saturday’s Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Co-trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have set the classy mare for the Group I Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley in September and Heatherly took an impressive first step with her solid win.

Heatherly over-raced because of her freshness but was handy to the speed for jockey Damian Lane until she cruised to the lead on the home turn.

"They went slow through the first bit and she wasn’t happy,” Lane said. "I had to let her go sooner than I wanted but she had enough class to carry her through.”

Heatherly’s condition gave out slightly late in the $120,000 contest but she still had too much quality for her opposition, scoring by a half-length.

"She was a bit fidgety in the gates but she paced herself in the run and was good enough to get away with it,” Ellerton said.

"She was out on her feet a bit late but she will improve a lot for the run.”

Heatherly won the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) in terrific fashion last time in before running a solid third in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) but the daughter of Lonhro is on track for another shot at a Group 1 race next month.

"I think she will improve with her racing - she had a long break from the autumn and that today will bring her on a lot,” Ellerton said.

"She’ll come back here in two weeks (Chandler Macleod Stakes) and then, hopefully, three weeks later for the Group One (Moir Stakes),

"She’s very quick and once she’s fit she pretty hard to pass.”

Heatherly’s win was her fifth in 10 starts while the $73,000 winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to more than $390,000.

Congratulations to wonderful stable supporters Barrie and Midge Griffiths on another great success in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.