Lily gets the Prize at Geelong

May 17, 2016

Steady improvement led to a deserved breakthrough win for Prize Lily on the Geelong Synthetic track.

The three-year-old filly took 10 starts to notch her first win but Prize Lily had improved with the experience to get within a length of the winner when resuming at her previous outing at Geelong on May 1.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra decided to give the Reward For Effort filly a chance over 1300m for her second-up run on the synthetic circuit.

Prize Lily had finished fourth over 1200m at her only other synthetic track run in August 2015 but stripped a stronger filly for the Charles Rose Jewellers 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate (1300m).

Jockey Chris Symons stuck with Prize Lily for the $23,000 race and gave his mount the chance to find her feet early in the race but she got a touch keen to go when the speed slowed midrace.

Symons took Prize Lily three-wide to improve at the 550m before she set out after the short-priced favourite Blue Money at the top of the straight, overpowering that runner late to give Ellerton Zahra Racing another victory in partnership with syndicators First Light Racing.

First Light Racing paid $48,000 for Prize Lily at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale while her maiden win took her earnings to more than $27,000.

“She’s taken a bit of time to develop but she’s going the right way this time in, which is great to see,” Zahra said.

“She stuck to her job really well in the straight and she was strong at the end of the race so she might be able to get out over more ground this time in.”

Congratulations to all involved with Prize Lily’s determined Geelong success.