Night and day double for Ellerton Zahra Racing
May 27, 2016
Fridays are long days for the racing industry but Ellerton Zahra Racing managed to make this particular Friday a winning one with successes at the Geelong Synthetic and Cranbourne meetings.
The stable has enjoyed a good run on synthetic tracks in recent weeks and that continued when talented mare Iamhere relished the surface when posting an impressive win in Benchmark 64 company.
Katelyn Mallyon took the ride on Iamhere in the Milana’s Lingerie & Swimwear Handicap (1300m) and rated the mare perfectly, giving nothing else a chance in the $20,000 contest.
Mallyon sent Iamhere across to lead from the outside gate, backing off the speed midrace, before the mare raced away from her opposition in the straight to record a 4-¼ length win.
“She won at her first for us and then a few things went against her but it was good to see her back winning again,” Zahra said.
“Katelyn rode her perfectly and the mare did the rest. She was pretty impressive.”
The team headed to Cranbourne in the evening where Pin Your Hopes finally broke through for an overdue win in the Mypunter.com Mile Series Final (1600m).
Pin Your Hopes had not won since his victory at Caulfield in May 2014 but picked the best time to regain his best form in the $60,000 event.
Symons adopted different tactics on Pin Your Hopes, sending the gelding to the front from where he was never headed.
The experienced jockey was able to slow the speed to make life difficult for the backmarkers midrace before picking up the tempo rounding the home turn.
Pin Your Hopes battled in the heavy (10) conditions but pulled out plenty in the straight to get home by three-quarters of a length.
“It had been a while since his last win but he’s been thereabouts in most of his runs but it’s good to see him get a win,” Zahra said.
“He’s a lovely horse to have around the stable and he’s always had the ability, it was just a matter of things going his way and they did tonight.”
Pin Your Hopes gave Ellerton Zahra Racing its 75th win of a bumper season, leaving the stable seventh in the Victorian trainers’ premiership.
Congratulations to all involved with the stable’s Friday double.