Mango Crush back to his best at Werribee

Feb 19, 2016

A class drop and a distance rise combined helped Mango Crush back to winning form at Werribee.

Mango Crush had not found the winner’s stall since his debut at Seymour in January 2015 but the grey son of Guillotine had been placed in town over 1600m in that ensuing period.

Sound runs over 1300m and 1411m at Cranbourne and Sale respectively showed trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra that Mango Crush was ready to perform at his best.

Ellerton and Zahra dropped the four-year-old from BM64 company to a Rating 58 race and the switch brought instant success when Mango Crush scored a strong win with 60kg.

Chris Symons had been aboard Mango Crush in his first two runs back from a break and continued his partnership with the horse in the Werribee Tigers Handicap (1600m).

Symons took Mango Crush to settle beyond midfield on the inside but the honest performer settled into a comfortable rhythm before finishing strongly to get home by a long head.

Zahra said the breakthrough success was the first step to Mango Crush building some confidence.

“That win will be really good for him,” Zahra said.

“He’s done a good job with the 60kg and to finish it off as well as he did was terrific because he hadn’t won for a while and he deserved that on his previous two runs.

“Now he’s gone and had a win, he’ll improve with the extra confidence a horse gets when they win.”

Congratulations to the owners of Mango Crush and all involved with the capable galloper’s latest success.