'Tubby' Rough Justice notches a first-up victory at Moonee Valley

Nov 20, 2015

Rough Justice carried a little excess condition at his first outing since July but the four-year-old produced a solid effort to get home over a short course at Moonee Valley.

The son of Wanted was stakes placed in his winter three-year-old campaign but trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra started the gelding’s latest campaign in Benchmark 78 company in a 55-Second Challenge Heat over 955m at Moonee Valley.

The trainers asked experienced jockey Craig Williams for a kind ride on Rough Justice and that handling brought the desired result as Rough Justice was able to share a moderate speed early in the $55,000 race.

The slow pace ensured Rough Justice had plenty in hand entering the short Moonee Valley straight before Williams asked him to quicken inside the 150m.

Williams did not have to use the whip on Rough Justice as the smart sprinter lifted when asked to post a reasonably comfortable win.

“He was a bit tubby today but he went really well with the 60kg,” Zahra said.

“The key was the slow pace. It was probably one of the slowest 955m races after some of the speed came out of the race.

“We told Craig to hold him as long as he could and he did that perfectly.

“There are not too may 955m races where a horse leads and wins. The pressure wasn’t there but a couple of fitter horses behind him had every chance to beat him.”

Zahra said he and Ellerton would look for Saturday races for Rough Justice during the busy summer period in Melbourne.

Rough Justice’s latest win was his fourth in 15 starts while the $30,250 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally to more than $300,000.

Congratulations again to great stable supporters Contract Racing and Mr & Mrs Psaltis on the great money spinner’s latest win.