January in review
Feb 08, 2017
The month started in terrific fashion for Ellerton Zahra Racing before the stable endured a run of near misses, resulting in a huge amount of second placings.
The team produced five winners, including three in town, but the stable was also in the runner-up’s stall 14 times in January.
Hetuka Zarsho had the honour of being Ellerton Zahra Racing’s first winner for 2017 the four-year-old scored a deserved win at Geelong on January 2, ending a frustrating run of three seconds at Geelong, Mornington and Echuca.
Sword Of Justice became the operation’s first city winner for 2017 on January 2 when he showed his real ability to win in Benchmark 70 grade at Sandown with Damian Lane aboard.
The son of Medaglia D’Oro gave stable followers plenty to cheer about when he got the cash at the remarkable odds of $31 when claiming his third win at his 15th start.
Smart filly Tres relished stepping up in trip when she gave the Flemington stable another success in a maiden at Cranbourne on January 6.
Tres swooped on her rivals to score by 3 ¼ lengths over 1400m but was one of the stable’s unlucky runners for the month when beaten a nose at her next start at Moonee Valley on January 27.
The daughter of Moshe shows plenty of promise and can continue to develop in her summer campaign.
Crystal Dreamer completed a hat trick of victories when he scored in Benchmark 84 company at Caulfield on January 7, continuing his amazing form after being written off as a racing proposition due to early issues.
Summer Wind was another promising three-year-old that broke her maiden with a solid effort to win at Sandown on January 11 with Andrew Mallyon in the saddle.
The daughter of Stratum, the same sire as Ellerton Zahra Racing’s Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily, won her first race at her sixth attempt.
Summer Wind went on to run a solid second at Caulfield in Benchmark 78 grade on Australia Day, showing she is another that can continue to progress through her grades with racing.
February promises to be an exciting month for the stable with the return of star mare Heatherly heading to the G1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes after a spring setback while two-year-olds Double Jeopardy and Arctic Angel will be back after terrific performances in the first campaigns in the spring.