Shifty Seymour track not enough to stop Golden Key

Apr 10, 2018

The Seymour surface was less than ideal but Golden Key continued his rise through the grades with a determined win.

Golden Key easily won his maiden at Ballarat at his previous start and trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra gave him his chance at Class 1 level in the FibreSand Solutions Handicap (1100m).

Golden Key led throughout before hanging on late to score by a half-head but the shifty track, which resulted in plenty of large clods being thrown, dulled the former New Zealand galloper’s smart turn of foot.

“He probably just got a bit lost up the straight either and he probably didn’t look like he was handling the track either,” Zahra said.

“He was just skidding and sliding everywhere but, to his credit, he dug deep and got the job done.

“He has done a good job since he has been here from New Zealand. He’s still learning what it’s all about it.

“He just looked like he was skidding, and he couldn’t get any traction in the ground.”

The track surface later deteriorated enough for Zahra to scratch What A Shock from the final event of the day.

Golden Key’s win was his second in only seven starts while the son of Pins earned another $13,750 winner’s cheque, which took his stakes tally to more than $35,000.

Congratulations to Golden Key’s owners and all involved with the exciting galloper’s latest win.