Ballarat unlocks Golden Key's brilliance

Mar 27, 2018

Maiden wins don’t come much easier than that of Golden Key at Ballarat.

Golden Key simply dominated the Mortimer Petroleum Maiden Plate (1100m). Jockey Damian Lane let Golden Key roll forward before he dashed away to win the $25,000 race by five lengths.

The son of Pins had raced near the pace but was outsprinted at Moe and Bendigo at his first two starts since joining the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable from New Zealand.

Lane said the fitness gained from those two runs had Golden Key primed for his Ballarat assignment.

“He was good today,” Lane said.

“He has probably taken a couple of runs to get fit and he races on the speed so he needs to be fit.

“He did the job well.”

Lane suggested Golden Key had plenty to learn but would continue to improve as he matures.

“He’s clearly better than maiden grade but I wouldn’t be rushing him to be honest, I think he’s better being taken through the grades,” Lane said.

Golden Key’s first win came at the gelding’s fifth start and earned connections a $13,750 winner’s cheque.

Congratulations to owner Mr Wee and all involved with Golden Key’s brilliant Ballarat win.