More ground means victory for Trinity River
May 10, 2016
Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra are still learning about Trinity River but managed to prepare the filly for her maiden win on the Geelong Synthetic track.
Trinity River joined Ellerton Zahra Racing as part of the dispersal of horses from the retired trainer Peter Moody back in March.
The filly showed promise as a two-year-old but had taken time to develop but the three-year-old’s win in the Roderick Insurance Brokers 3YO Maiden Plate (1300m) indicated the daughter of Lonhro was ready to work through her grades.
Trinity River went fairly at her only run past 1200m when midfield over 1380 last July but showed she could perform over further with a determined win.
Chris Symons took Trinity River to the second half of the field to give her cover from the strong headwind the field faced early in the $23,000 race, which saved ground for her strong finish.
Trinity River strode forward to join the leaders rounding the home turn before hitting the lead at the 200m but took time to work clear of her opposition in the latter stages, indicating she might want more ground.
Trinity River broke her maiden by 1 ¼ lengths, notching her first win at her ninth outing.
“She came to use having been trained in a different routine but she’s settled in pretty well now,” Zahra said.
“Her first couple of runs for us were good and now we’ve gotten to know her a bit better, we’ve stepped her up in distance and she was a good winner.
“The way she won her maiden, we might even step her out over a bit further.”
Trinity River’s win earned connections another $18,950 in prizemoney and bonuses, taking her earnings to more than $44,000.
Congratulations to great stable supporters Contract Racing on yet another win in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.