Meazza calls the tune at Kilmore

Oct 24, 2017

Extra fitness and a step up in trip combined to propel Meazza into the winner’s stall for the first time at Kilmore.

Meazza had three runs this season and hadn’t been far away in two of those efforts, including a luckless run at Mornington at his previous outing on October 24.

The Mornington run was Meazza’s first in six weeks so the son of Pierro was always going to improve going into the Cadell Food Services Maiden Plate over 1450m.

Meazza had not raced over further than 1200m in his previous six starts but relished the 1450m in a terrific on-pace performance with experienced jockey Andrew Mallyon aboard.

Meazza got stronger as the race progressed before running out a comfortable two-length winner for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

“His run was really good the other day considering he was never out of the stewards’ report,” Mallyon said.

“He clipped heels and almost hit the deck and then he was dragged down from behind by another runner. All in all, to be beaten four lengths, he did a very good job.

“Up to the seven furlongs today, he has got good gate speed up to the seven furlongs so he put himself there and switched off nicely and he gave a good kick.

“He gave us every indication that he can go further and progress through his grades. He put them away well today and he was full of running.”

Meazza’s maiden came at his sixth start and earned connections a $12,100 first prize.

Congratulations to Meazza’s owners and all involved with the emerging three-year-old’s Kilmore success.