Now a city victory for Smart Coupe

Jul 06, 2017

Promising filly Smart Coupe allayed the concerns of her co-trainer with her strong success in the Comcater Handicap (1200m) at Sandown.

Simon Zahra said pre-race he was worried about the last 100m of the $35,000 contest but the filly he prepares in partnership with Mathew Ellerton gave connections little cause for concern.

The youngster's rider Linda Meech dictated terms in front before the Smart Missile filly comfortably held her rivals to score by 1-1/4 lengths.

Smart Coupe's impressive Sandown success followed her debut win at Wangaratta on June 22. Zahra said Smart Coupe pleased him with the way she finished her race, which would be her last before a spell.

"She relaxed quite nicely and had a good look around but I liked the way she finished off," Zahra said.

"She was solid enough but she's just coming to the end (of her preparation) now.

"We'll put her away and she can have a nice little break and maybe come back at the end of spring or early summer."

Smart Coupe's dam Coupe won the Group II Edward Manifold Stakes over 1600m as a three-year-old, giving Zahra hope she would develop along similar lines as a three-year-old.

"We're just happy to get a couple of wins on the board and let her mature up. Her mum got better as she got older and she ended up getting a mile," Zahra said.

"Hopefully, in time she can end up doing the same."

Smart Coupe banked another $19,250 for connections with her latest win, taking her stakes tally to more than $31,000.

Smart Coupe has already repaid the $22,000 paid for her at the Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale in 2016, representing a great piece of business for Ellerton Zahra Racing and syndicator First Light Racing.

“She didn’t cost much and now a lot of owners have had a great thrill of winning two races,” Zahra said.

“That’s what syndicating horses is all about and we are thrilled with her.”