Ballarat finds out how good Found Out can be

Nov 28, 2017

Found Out was narrowly beaten at his first try at 1600m but his second go at the trip produced an impressive maiden success at Ballarat.

The son of Exceed And Excel had improved markedly throughout his three-year-old campaign before a strong on-pace effort to run second at Bendigo when stepping up to 1600m for the first time.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra gave Found Out another crack at the mile a fortnight later, but the gelding made a much better fist of things, scoring an easy win in the City of Ballarat Maiden Plate.

Andrew Mallyon had formed a good partnership with Found Out in his previous three spring runs and was aboard again in his latest Ballarat outing.

Mallyon gave Found Out the perfect ride, letting his mount travel kindly to the home turn before taking the lead early in the straight. Found Out lengthened well before kicking clear to break his maiden by more than two lengths.

“I liked the way he won today, he has been threatening to do that for a little while,” Mallyon said.

“We probably thought he would have done it a bit sooner, but I liked the way he put them away today.

“He held that gallop to the line and hopefully he can go on with now.

“I think he’s a bit immature and he was unlucky (last start) when he didn’t get the bob in. Today I like the way he knuckled down and put them away.”

Found Out broke his maiden at the seventh attempt but the win was particularly satisfying for the stable as the horse is the first foal to race out of Secret Liaison, who Ellerton Zahra Racing prepared for two stakes wins among her six victories.

Congratulations to Found Out’s owners and breeders Hesket Bloodstock on their win with the first foal of a former stable favourite.