Justice to lead Sandown Hillside team
Jun 03, 2016
Blinkers have been the key to Sword Of Justice's consistency, which could bring the gelding another win in Saturday's Ladbrokes Cash In Handicap (1300m) at Sandown.
Katelyn Mallyon will ride Sword Of Justice in his Sandown assignment on Saturday. Photo: Darryl Sherer
The gelding promised plenty but struggled to deliver his best efforts as a two-year-old but his form turned when trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra applied blinkers to Sword Of Justice.
Sword Of Justice has missed a place only once in five starts with blinkers in a run that has included a win at Kyneton and successive city placings at Flemington and Caulfield.
"He's come a long way this preparation," Zahra said.
"He used to do a fair bit wrong at home and he'd over-race but he's settled down a lot and that's helped him improve into a handy little horse.
"The blinkers going on have made a big difference. He'd work like a goat without the blinkers on but when you put the blinkers on at home, he's a different horse."
Sword Of Justice raced on the paced before going down to Shockaholic by less than a length at Flemington on May 7 before coming from back in the field to just miss a win behind Nat's The Boss at Caulfield a week later.
However, the son of Medaglia D'Oro has drawn barrier 11 in Saturday's $80,000 contest. Zahra said the start held the key to the three-year-old's chances of posting his second win in nine starts.
"(Jockey) Katelyn (Mallyon) will just have to lob him in where she can," Zahra said. His chances depend on how much work he's got to do early and if he'll get posted three-deep early or not.
"It's going to be tricky early but he's always competitive."
Sword Of Justice is one of five runners for Ellerton Zahra Racing at Saturday’s Sandown Hillside meeting. El Greco will start the day for the stable in the Ladbrokes Mega Margin Handicap (1600m) while Sentfromthestars will resume in the Ladbrokes Handicap (1000m).
Enquare will continue her chase for a deserved win in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1300m) while Running Bull will round out the team’s assault on the nine-race card in the Ladbrokes Infohub Handicap (1300m).
“We’ve got a few good chances through the day but we’ll just need a little bit of luck from some of the barriers but the team is going very well at the moment,” Zahra said.