Winning speaks all languages at Ballarat

Oct 26, 2017

If jockey Linda Meech’s confidence was anything to go by, Linguist’s rivals had no chance of beating her at Ballarat.

Linguist had steadily improved in her spring campaign before stepping out in the Hygain Winner Choice F&M BM70 Handicap (1600m) after a solid second at her previous start at Bendigo.

Meech admitted Linguist’s formlines left her extremely confident of victory in the $30,000 race before the Helmet mare lived up to her rider’s assessment with a dominant front-running win.

“I thought going to the gates, she would win because the form around her is really strong and all she had to do was jump out of the gates and relax and that’s what she did,” Meech said.

“She gave me a lovely ride and she didn’t give me any trouble at all. She relaxed really nicely and finished it off well.

“It wasn’t too painful at all.”

The First Light Racing-syndicated Linguist was the first of a double success at Ballarat, which was capped off when Joan Constance, a member of Jeff Allis’s Epona Park team scored an equally impressive win in the last race of the day.

Joan Constance had won twice before a good third at Cranbourne on October 13 but the four-year-old daughter of Stratum only had to wait 13 days to get back to winning form at Ballarat.

Like Linguist, Joan Constance raced on the pace before handling her opposition comfortably under the guidance of regular Chris Symons, extending her margin to 3 ½ lengths on the line.

“If anything we wanted to get cover but nothing has been making ground,” Symons said.

“She got to the front easily, she kicked at the top of the straight and it was never in doubt.

The Ballarat successes pushed trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra into equal fourth on the Victorian trainer’s win on 23 wins for the season, an outstanding achievement considering the size of the stable’s team and the amount of runners compared to the three stables above ours on the premiership.

Congratulations to the owners of both promising fillies and all involved with getting the exciting types to the races.