No Shock in Ellerton Zahra's Bendigo victory

Nov 09, 2016

What A Shock has plenty to learn but the three-year-old showed his untapped ability with a fighting success at Bendigo.

The son of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking promised plenty in his three runs but showed the benefit of experience in the Schweppes Australia Maiden Plate (1100m)

What A Shock dropped back from the 1300m of his previous start at Cranbourne to the 1100m of his $23,000 assignment but the shorter trip proved no barrier to the gelding breaking his maiden.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra booked heavyweight rider Jamie Mott to ride What A Shock at Bendigo and the experienced jockey gave his mount the chance to find his feet midfield until heading three-wide on the home turn.

What A Shock took time to wind up in the straight before powering home in the last 200m to record a narrow but impressive win.

“He’s a lovely animal, a really big strong horse,” Mott said.

“He began OK and I was able to get him into a lovely spot and he switched off well for me.

“He’s a horse that carries his lead low and he relaxed well enough.

“When I went for him, he was a little bit wayward so there’s plenty of improvement.”

What A Shock earned connections $12,650 in prizemoney, taking his stakes tally to more than $16,000 but the developing galloper has the talent to repay his $50,000 purchase price a few times over.

Congratulations to all involved in What A Shock’s maiden win at Bendigo.