Booker confirms potential at Flemington

May 06, 2017

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra could only wonder what might have been for Booker after her outstanding debut win at Flemington.

Booker was too good for her opposition with Andrew Mallyon in the saddle in the Phar Lap Club Plate (1100m) but the Written Tycoon filly would have been racing earlier than a chilly May afternoon had luck held out for connections.

Booker had displayed above average ability in her early preparations but shin soreness forced Ellerton and Zahra to delay her debut to late in her two-year-old season.

Ellerton and Zahra said the fact Booker had only completed one jumpout, instead of the normal two for the stable’s runners, added merit to her strong performance.

"She's probably our best two-year-old," Zahra said, as connections claimed $85,000 after Super VOBIS bonuses.

"We had her ready to go to the Blue Diamond (Stakes). We rushed her name through, and on her last jump-out, she was lame shin sore, so she ended up in the paddock.

"She's come back extremely well. This [today] is off one jump-out too, so we were a little bit worried about her condition today, but she's such a professional."

Zahra said the manner of Booker’s win could convince the stable to have a shot at the Group 1 Thousand Guineas in her spring three-year-old season.

"She's going to get a bit of ground too, so she's not one-dimensional, quick in-and-out of the spring," he said.

"I think she'll get a mile.

Booker’s maiden racetrack appearance landed connections $76,000 in prizemoney and bonuses.

Congratulations to Booker’s owners and all concerned with the smart filly’s terrific debut win.