Maiden win no longer eludes Eluded after Werribee success

Dec 10, 2017

A short break made all the difference to Eluded, who returned to racing with a determined win at Werribee.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra gave Eluded two spring runs in which the three-year-old finished fifth at Mornington and Echuca before the son of Excelebration had a six-week break.

Eluded made the short trip down the Princes Freeway to Werribee for the Manor Lakes Maiden Plate over the slightly longer 1100m trip after his previous two starts were over 1000m.

Ben Thompson, who rode Eluded on debut, took the ride at Werribee and gave the gelding the perfect run before the inexperienced galloper fought hard to hold off a determined challenger to score by a head.

However, Thompson said Eluded was likely to be more effective over longer trips than the 1100m of his Werribee assignment.

“He’s giving me the feel he’s going to be a really nice miler,” Thompson said.

“I had the benefit of trying this horse a couple of times and I had the benefit of riding him in his first start.

“It’s been a great job by Matty Ellerton and Simon Zahra at Flemington to get him here.

“He’s still a bit new and has the tendency to want to overdo things but he’s going to be a nice horse in time.”

Eluded’s sire Excelebration was an outstanding miler himself, winning the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and the Group I Prix Jacques Le Marois in France over the 1600m distance.

Eluded earned connections a $15,750 winner’s cheque for his Werribee victory, taking his stakes tally to more than $17,000 after three starts.

Congratulations to terrific stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock, who also bred Eluded, on their latest success in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.