Photo finally goes Campanula's way at Pakenham

Mar 03, 2016

Campanula’s connections found the photo finish a heartbreaker at her previous start but the camera went her way in her breakthrough win at Pakenham.

The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained three-year-old went down narrowly in a Pakenham maiden on February 18 but she gained a deceptive photo verdict in the Evergreen Turf F&M Maiden Plate (1400m).

Campanula had finished second at each of her three runs this time in, including at Sandown on February 3.

The daughter of Magic Albert had shown her aptitude at 1400m at her previous two outings so Ellerton and Zahra kept Campanula at that trip for her latest outing.

Top jockey Damian Lane was happy to use barrier one to have the filly just off the speed soon after the start but was happy to bide his time, letting her drop back to midfield before looking for a run through the field from the home turn.

Lane initially looked to take Campanula outside the leaders to improve at the 400m but a lack of room forced him to take her back to the inside for galloping room nearing the 200m.

Campanula sprinted well when clear to reel in the leader before getting home ahead of a wall of horses to notch her first win at her sixth start.

“The photo didn’t go her way last time but she deserved a bit of luck with the finish,” Zahra said.

“She’s been very honest but she has been beaten narrowly a couple of times so it’s terrific for her confidence to get a win in such a tight finish.

“She’ll only get better now she’s won a race and might even get out over further.”

Campanula’s win earned connections a $13,750 winner’s cheque, taking her overall tally to more than $28,000.

Congratulations to Campanula’s owners and all involved with her Pakenham success.