Exceltara overcomes difficulty to score at Pakenham

Mar 29, 2018

Exceltara looked a chance for another unlucky placing at the 400m of the Fyna Foods Australia Classic 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m).

Exceltara had been in the minor money at his last three starts and jockey Damian Lane had little room to manoeuvre, string up behind runners at the 400m of the $27,000 race.

Thankfully for Lane and Exceltara’s owners, a gap appeared against the inside rail at the 200m before Exceltara drove along the inside to score what turned out to be an impressive 1 ½ length win.

Lane said the son of Excelebration’s turn of foot was the key to his maiden win. Exceltara broke through at his seventh start for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

“He sprinted well. I was in a spot of bother there for a while but when the run did eventuate, he sprinted to the line well,” Lane said.

“He has been building the right way about things and hopefully he can take the next step.”

Ellerton and Zahra had tried Exceltara over 1400m at Terang and Ballarat in his recent runs, but the developing galloper bumped into some smart horses on those occasions.

However, there is no reason Exceltara cannot return to that distance and perhaps further with the confidence gained from a terrific maiden win.

Exceltara earned connections $23,250 in prizemoney and bonuses for his victory, taking his stakes tally to more than $40,900. Exceltara has now recouped his $40,000 purchase price with the potential for plenty more prizemoney as he matures.

Exceltara joined his half-sister, the speedy Creativity, as a winner for the Ellerton Zahra Racing stable.

Congratulations to Exceltara’s great bunch of owners and all involved with the three-year-old’s smart win at Pakenham.