Schilleraine breaks through at Sale
Dec 22, 2016
Schilleraine got the best of a two-horse tussle to break his maiden in gritty fashion at Sale.
Schilleraine’s form had been solid since his first-up fourth at Wodonga in October before the gelding’s improvement continued with excellent placings at Bendigo and Wangaratta.
The three-year-old’s trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra decided Schilleraine was ready to step out over a longer journey, giving the promising galloper a chance in the Zinfra Maiden Plate over 1736m.
Jockey Katelyn Mallyon had her third ride aboard Schilleraine in the $20,000 race and had no trouble getting her mount to settle third behind a tearaway leader until the home turn.
Mallyon sent Schilleraine after the leaders early in the straight before the pair settled down to fight out the race with the runner-up Turf Champion, getting the upper hand late to score narrowly.
“He’s got natural staying ability and when they stepped him up to 1700(m), I was really happy with Matty and Simon’s decision,” Mallyon said.
“He’s a beautiful stayer but I was lucky, I actually dropped my whip when he was running around at the furlong.
“We were lucky to get the win but he might be a blinker horse going forward.
“He’s still learning and and he’s pretty lightly-raced. I’m sure when he gets those blinkers on and concentrates, he’s definitely going to get into the winner’s stall.”
Schilleraine’s brave win came at his sixth start and earned connections a $14,650 winner’s cheque, which took his earnings to more than $25,000.
Congratulations and Merry Christmas to Schilleraine’s terrific bunch of owners.