Ticket makes trip to Ararat worthwhile

Jan 15, 2016

Ticket To Paris travelled to Ararat but came back to Flemington a first-up winner in the ClassicBet 3YO Maiden Plate (1100m).

The three-year-old filly showed terrific ability in her maiden campaign with placings on soft tracks at Seymour in August last year but found herself on firmer footing for her first-up run.

New graduated senior rider Katelyn Mallyon headed to Ararat to partner Ticket To Paris in the $20,000 contest, adopting simple tactics on the daughter of Tickets.

Mallyon sent Ticket To Paris to share the lead from barrier four form where she was able to control the race until early in the straight.

Ticket To Paris opened a small break on her opposition approaching the 200m before she fought gamely late, hanging on to score by a head.

“She’ll have plenty of improvement in her from that so it was terrific to see her fight it out like that,” Simon Zahra, who trains Ticket To Paris in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“We decided to give her the long float trip to give her a really good day out and she’s had a great experience winning a race so it’s all been worth it.

“She’ll only get better for that run and the float trip so she’ll be ready to tackle a harder race next time out.”

Ticket To Paris broke her maiden at her third attempt and banked an $11,000 winner’s cheque for connections, taking her stakes tally to more than $16,000.

Congratulations to brilliant stable supporters Contract Control Services on yet another success in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.