Dry June? Not for EZR

Jul 07, 2017

A couple more city wins were the highlights of an extremely busy month of June at Ellerton Zahra Racing.

The grand mare Whistle Baby managed to score another city win in the latter stages of her racing career at Moonee Valley on June 3 while Essence Of Terror responded to some gear and work changes when a strong winner at the same circuit on June 17.

The lime green, white and blue silks of Ben Cooper were carried to victory by both mares, who continued to be terrific money-spinners for their owners in their winter preparations.

Essence Of Terror was a $14,000 yearling purchase that took her earnings through the $125,000 barrier with her Moonee Valley win, which came after the addition of blinkers at the suggestion of jockey Chris Symons and a bit of hurdle schooling at Flemington.

Whistle Baby’s terrific win brought her within touching distance of $500,000 in earnings and also left the daughter of Magnus unbeaten in two starts at the Moonee Valley track.

Whistle Baby only has a short period left in the Ellerton Zahra Racing stable before she goes off to the breeding barn in the spring.

We’ll be sad to see her go because she’s such a lovely, honest mare that is simply a pleasure to have around the place.

Syndicators First Light Racing had a good month with a couple of promising gallopers – What A Shock and Smart Coupe – scoring impressive wins.

What A Shock showed his liking for the Ballarat circuit while underlining his consistent improvement with his solid win on June 15 and almost took that form to the city when he was narrowly beaten at Flemington nine days later.

Smart Coupe made an outstanding debut when the two-year-old filly, by Smart Missile out of Coupe, who Mat trained to win the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes back in 2002, bolted in at Wangaratta on June 22.

We expect the respective ownership groups to continue to have plenty of fun with both horses in the next few weeks.

Hesket Racing’s improving filly River Goddess rounded out Ellerton Zahra Racing’s June winners when she strode to a dominant win at Ballarat on June 26, which was her second in three starts.

The penny seems to have dropped with River Goddess, who is steadily working through her grades over her favourite distance of 1600m, earning herself a chance at a stakes win in the Rivette Series Final at Flemington on July 8.

Behind the scenes there wasplenty happening with next season’s babies working through our programme to prepare them for our system of training when their turn comes to head into the stable in the coming months.

July is the final month of the racing season and we’re expecting a big July with plenty of wins to share with our great owners, whose support we value dearly.