Arctic Angel too quick in Merson Cooper Stakes

Nov 12, 2016

Arctic Angel will head to the spelling paddock a winner after showing too much pace for her rivals in Saturday's Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown.

The Merson Cooper Stakes was Arctic Angel's second start but co-trainer Mathew Ellerton said the daughter of Hard Spun surprised him by getting through her debut, a fourth at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.

However, Arctic Angel jumped quickly in her second start before leading throughout under jockey Chris Symons, coming from barrier 12 to score by 1 ¾ lengths.

"She's done her job now and probably got further than I ever envisaged," Ellerton, who trains Arctic Angel in partnership with Simon Zahra, said.

"At the start of the prep, she was a bit ugly and plain Jane but she probably looked the best she's ever looked today.

"I was a bit worried about leading up but it's a 1000m two-year-old race and if you can ping the lids, it's a bit of an advantage."

While Arctic Angel did not promise a great deal with her looks early in her preparation, Ellerton said the youngster would mature further and could develop into an effective autumn two-year-old.

"She'll have a good break and might fit in somewhere in the autumn," Ellerton said.

"She's an unassuming type of filly but she's handled every challenge we've thrown at her so far. Who knows where she can go?"

Arctic Angel joined her brother Iceflow as a stakes performer with her success, which earned connections $79,500 in prizemoney and bonuses.

Congratulations to Hesket Bloodstock on another win in partnership with the team at Ellerton Zahra Racing.