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Arctic Angel too quick in Merson Cooper Stakes

Arctic Angel too quick in Merson Cooper Stakes

Nov 12, 2016

Arctic Angel will head to the spelling paddock a winner after showing too much pace for her rivals in Saturday's Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown.The Merson Cooper Stakes was Arctic Angel's second start but co-trainer Mathew Ellerton said the daughter of Hard Spun ...

Five runners for Ellerton Zahra Racing at Sandown

Five runners for Ellerton Zahra Racing at Sandown

Nov 11, 2016

Arctic Angel will begin a big day for Ellerton Zahra Racing when she has her second start in Saturday’s Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) on the Sandown Hillside track.Recent Merson Cooper Stakes history indicates either a first-starter or a runner coming through the Group 3 ...

No Shock in Ellerton Zahra's Bendigo victory

No Shock in Ellerton Zahra's Bendigo victory

Nov 09, 2016

What A Shock has plenty to learn but the three-year-old showed his untapped ability with a fighting success at Bendigo.The son of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking promised plenty in his three runs but showed the benefit of experience in the Schweppes Australia Maiden Plate ...

La Volt fights hard for Wodonga win

La Volt fights hard for Wodonga win

Oct 27, 2016

Getting on to a firmer surface proved enough for La Volt to break his maiden with a determined success at Wodonga.La Volt struggled in soft conditions on debut at Ballarat in June but a bit more time to develop and a good track helped the son of Charge Forward show his ...

Lane helps filly Rock Bendigo

Lane helps filly Rock Bendigo

Oct 26, 2016

Want To Rock made the most of an easier assignment to post a comfortable win at Bendigo.The smart filly had raced in strong races since her debut win at Flemington on new Year’s Day but relished the softer company in the Orange Pride 3YO BM64 Handicap (1400m).Want To Rock was ...

Floodgates set to open for River Goddess after breakthrough win

Floodgates set to open for River Goddess after breakthrough win

Oct 20, 2016

Blinkers did the trick for River Goddess at the second attempt in the Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Plate (1600m) at PakenhamTrainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra added the headgear to River Goddess after an even run at Geelong in September but the blinkers produced an ...

Group 1 test for Heatherly in Moir Stakes

Group 1 test for Heatherly in Moir Stakes

Sep 29, 2016

Heatherly will have another shot at Australia’s best sprinters when she tackles Friday night’s Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.The mare finished third in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) as a three-year-old filly in the autumn, prompting trainers Mathew Ellerton and ...

Lucques chasing Bart Cummings win at Flemington

Lucques chasing Bart Cummings win at Flemington

Sep 29, 2016

Smart stayer Lucques is a great chance to claim the lion's share of $300,000 in stakes in Sunday’s Group III Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington.Training partners Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have Lucques in great order and ready to impress at the Turnbull Stakes ...

Gold Rocks the Valley first-up

Gold Rocks the Valley first-up

Sep 23, 2016

Rock ‘N’ Gold had little trouble handling the short course in a terrific return to racing at Moonee Valley.The gelding had not raced since a fair effort in May but dropping back to Benchmark 78 company helped Rock ‘N’ Gold make a winning start to his campaign.Damian Lane ...

Two from two for exciting Matty

Two from two for exciting Matty

Sep 18, 2016

Matty’s connections had an easier watch second time around as the smart three-year-old strolled to an easy victory on the Pakenham Synthetic track.Matty had to fight hard to get home narrowly in a maiden on debut at the Pakenham Synthetic circuit on August 23 but the ...

Odeon continues drive to Derby at Caulfield

Odeon continues drive to Derby at Caulfield

Sep 15, 2016

Promising young stayer Odeon will take a step towards a Victoria Derby start with a strong performance in Saturday’s Ladbrokes supports National Jockey Trust Plate (1600m) at Caulfield.While the race carries no black type status and standard Saturday metropolitan prizemoney, ...

We're all happy campers after Pakenham success

We're all happy campers after Pakenham success

Sep 14, 2016

The race didn’t pan out as planned but Not A Happy Camper had little trouble breaking her winning drought on the Pakenham Synthetic track.The mare’s previous win was in November last year but Not A Happy Camper had indicated another victory was imminent with two excellent ...

Glorious Flemington victory for Lucques

Glorious Flemington victory for Lucques

Sep 10, 2016

His first three runs back from a spell indicated a win was imminent before Lucques delivered a deserved success for connections at Flemington.Lucques had steadily improved with the fitness gained in races over unsuitable trips but the son of High Chaparral relished the step up ...

Heatherly leads Ellerton Zahra Racing's Moonee Valley line-up

Heatherly leads Ellerton Zahra Racing's Moonee Valley line-up

Sep 01, 2016

Heatherly has drawn the outside gate but co-trainer Simon Zahra says the filly’s work on Tuesday morning indicates another strong performance is likely in Saturday’s Group II McEwen Stakes (1000m at Moonee Valley.Zahra and training partner Mathew Ellerton have earmarked ...

Gutsy Matty withstands pressure at Pakenham

Gutsy Matty withstands pressure at Pakenham

Aug 23, 2016

Who is under more pressure when a horse is named after its trainer – the trainer or the horse?Mathew Ellerton had nothing to do with the naming of Matty but he and training partner Simon Zahra were able to prepare the three-year-old for a debut win on the Pakenham Synthetic ...

Heatherly's pace prevails in Carlyon Stakes

Heatherly's pace prevails in Carlyon Stakes

Aug 20, 2016

Heatherly has plenty of improvement in her but her class prevailed in Saturday’s Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.Co-trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have set the classy mare for the Group I Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley in September and Heatherly ...

Odeon powers to dominant maiden victory at Geelong

Odeon powers to dominant maiden victory at Geelong

Aug 17, 2016

Exciting three-year-old Odeon underlined his enormous potential with a runaway maiden win at Geelong.Racing resumed on the turf track after a winter break and Odeon gave connections a whiff of spring when he demolished his opposition in the Pro-Ride Racing Maiden Plate.Odeon ...

Record breaking season for Ellerton Zahra Racing

Record breaking season for Ellerton Zahra Racing

Aug 12, 2016

The 2015/16 campaign was simply a record-breaking season for Ellerton Zahra Racing. The Flemington-based team prepared 88 winners for the season, eclipsing the stable’s previous best of 73 victories in the season, achieved in the 2014/15 season. Trainers Mathew Ellerton and ...

Voluto gets Ellerton Zahra Racing on the board in 2016/17

Voluto gets Ellerton Zahra Racing on the board in 2016/17

Aug 09, 2016

Ellerton Zahra Racing expects Voluto to be the first of many after the gelding got the stable on the board for the 2016/17 season when dead-heating on the Geelong Synthetic track.Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra prepared 88 winners last season, which was their best tally ...

Belle provides perfect finish to season at Caulfield

Belle provides perfect finish to season at Caulfield

Jul 30, 2016

Blithe Belle lived up to co-trainer Mathew Ellerton’s quiet confidence when she finished the 2015/16 season with a win in the John Skewes Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield.Ellerton thought the filly could end her three-year-old days with a big run after finishing close up behind ...

Pin Your Hopes racks up another Flemington victory

Pin Your Hopes racks up another Flemington victory

Jul 23, 2016

Pin Your Hopes was a candidate for retirement three months ago but the handy galloper continued his resurgence in Saturday's Henry Bolte Handicap (1800m).Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra considered retiring the gelding in the autumn but his form since a let-up has been ...

Lane brings out the Love at Geelong

Lane brings out the Love at Geelong

Jul 22, 2016

Top jockey Damian Lane marked his return to the saddle with a fitting win aboard No Love on the Geelong Synthetic track.Lane headed across from Perth to join Ellerton Zahra Racing as an apprentice and has flourished into one of Australia’s best riders while maintaining a ...

Fresh is best for Gin Lizzie

Fresh is best for Gin Lizzie

Jul 08, 2016

Gin Lizzie lit up the gloom when she scored a terrific first-up win on the Pakenham Synthetic track.Gin Lizzie stepped out in the last race of the 10-event card, the Bate Design Strategies BM64 Handicap (1200m), which was run with the aid of the Pakenham lights as the winter sun ...

Pin Your Hopes goes back-to-back at Caulfield.

Pin Your Hopes goes back-to-back at Caulfield.

Jul 02, 2016

A lack of alternatives led Pin Your Hopes to a victory on the quick back-up at Caulfield.Pin Your Hopes got home narrowly at Flemington last Saturday before the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained galloper repeated the effort in the Crown Golden Ale Handicap (1700m).The ...