Odeon shows Zacinto quality again at Caulfield
Oct 18, 2017
Odeon proved to be a galloping advertisement during his impressive midweek victory at Caulfield.
The gelding strode to an easy win in thebigscreencompany.com.au Handicap (1700m) to again showcase Ellerton Zahra Racing’s ability to find quality at the Ready To Run Sale in New Zealand.
Odeon was again a terrific advertisement for the stock of New Zealand-based stallion Zacinto, in whom Ellerton Zahra Racing has placed their faith with the team’s promising Victoria Derby hopeful Into Rio by the same sire.
Odeon’s win also provided yet another reason to get involved with Ellerton Zahra Racing’s lovely two-year-old filly by Zacinto from Of The Essence. The filly had a recent jumpout and showed good natural speed as both Odeon and Into Rio showed at the same stage.
The Group I-placed Odeon was always well-placed dropping back to Benchmark 84 level after two good efforts from unsuitable draws at his earlier runs this time in.
One could argue jockey Chris Symons had a ‘sit-and-steer’ job on Odeon from barrier three, which allowed the rider to send his mount forward to track the leader to the home turn.
Odeon strode to the lead early in the straight and comfortably held his opposition to score by 1 ½ lengths but the margin could have been greater had the rider desired.
“These owners have stuck by me and he has been terrific the first two runs this campaign,” Symons said.
“Unfortunately he just keeps drawing bad barriers and we have to put him in positions that are less than ideal for him.
“With the good draw, we were in a beautiful position and it was never in doubt straightening up.
“He was probably waiting for them a little bit but he put them away pretty easy and I was just rapt for the connections that we got the win.”
Odeon’s latest performance earned his owners another $66,000 in stakes, which took the four-year-old’s earnings to more than $294,000.
Congratulations to Odeon’s big team of owners and all involved with the classy galloper’s latest win, his fifth in 15 starts.