Wide trip no problem for Robert De Hero

Feb 09, 2017

Robert De Hero was simply too classy for his opposition when producing a dominant display to break a run of minor placings with a win at Kilmore.

Robert De Hero had finished second at both runs this time in but had notched minor placings at five of his previous six outings before his win in the Newspaper House BM58 Handicap (1450m).

However, the race didn’t quite go to plan for jockey Katelyn Mallyon after the gelding was forced to race three-wide for the entire event.

However, Mallyon was unfazed with the lack of early luck, preferring to have Robert De Hero travelling comfortably midfield rather than upset his rhythm looking for a position closer to the fence.

Mallyon’s decision paid off as Robert De Hero was full of running as he strode up to the leaders on the home turn before cruising clear in the straight to score a decisive win.

“He was just a bit too good for them,” Simon Zahra, who trains Robert De Hero in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“He had to race wide but he was always travelling beautifully and it was good to see him put them away like he did.

“He hasn’t had a lot of luck in some of his races and things didn’t go his way today but he finished the job well and he deserved that win.

“Hopefully he can get a bit of confidence out of it and start to work through his grades.”

Robert De Hero’s win was his second in a 15-start career that features seven minor placings while the $9600 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally to more than $60,000.

Congratulations to Robert De Hero’s owners and all involved with his terrific Kilmore win.