New tactics help Last light up Ballarat

Feb 13, 2018

Andrew Mallyon made the most of a late opportunity to guide Last Light to a deserved maiden win at Ballarat.

Damian Lane had been riding the three-year-old and went close to breaking through at her last start at Pakenham on February 1 but had to pass up the ride in the City of Ballarat 3YO Maiden Plate (1600m) when he was suspended in the days before the Ballarat race.

Andrew Mallyon happily took up the chance to ride the filly again for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra and followed the template Lane had set in the daughter of Casino Prince’s last run.

Mallyon let Last Light find her feet in the second half of the small field before she over-ran her rivals down the long Ballarat straight to score by three-quarters of a length.

Mallyon had previously ridden Last Light but said the new tactics had worked well for the Hesket Bloodstock-owned filly.

“I was in the right place at the right time and got the money,” Mallyon said.

“I was riding her a lot handier, which might not be the right thing to do. She’s very one-paced and I was riding her handier thinking there wasn’t much there.

“It all worked out with that bit more conservative run and that’s how Damian was riding her and she’s going a lot better.

“She’s the type of horse that you need to give her that softer run then put her into the race and she’ll do the rest. She was a lot stronger to the line.”

Last Light’s breakthrough win earned connections $36,150 in prizemoney and bonuses, taking her stakes tally to more than $60,000.

The filly will have an opportunity to chase some valuable black type for her pedigree when she runs in the Listed Tasmanian Oaks over 2100m on Sunday.

Best of luck to great stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock and Andrew Mallyon who will take the ride.