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 circuit.
The son of Nicconi trialled well in jumpouts at Flemington before stepping out in the PRC Functions and Events 3YO Maiden Plate (1000m).
Andrew Mallyon travelled to Pakenham to ride the gelding in his $20,000 debut but the jockey earned every cent of his riding fee after getting Matty home in a driving finish.
Matty jumped well and travelled on the speed but had pressure on his outside during the early and middle stages of the race.
Matty absorbed the pressure before engaging in a tight battle all the way down the Pakenham Synthetic track straight, getting the bob in at the right time to score by a nose.
“The win was a lot better than it looked,” Zahra said.
“He was pressured the whole way and had to really dig deep and show a good desire to win because the second horse was more experienced and had decent form around it.
“It was pleasing to see him enjoy to contest and make sure it was him that stretched his head out to win.
“That’s a sign of a nice horse and a real competitor.”
Matty earned an $11,000 winner’s cheque for his debut victory.
Congratulations to great stable supporters Contract Control Services and all involved in Matty’s great Pakenham success.