Ashleigh Rae fights them off at Cranbourne

Mar 31, 2017

Ashleigh Rae’s fighting qualities were on show in her determined maiden win at Cranbourne.

The filly had produced what jockey Chris Symons had described as disappointing efforts at her first two runs but lived up to the promise she had shown at the Ellerton Zahra Racing stable in the Victorian Statewide Conveyancing Maiden Plate (1500m).

Ellerton and Zahra decided to apply blinkers to Ashleigh Rae and that gear change also helped the daughter of Onemorenomore over the line in the $25,000 event.

Symons positioned Ashleigh Rae near the speed before the three-year-old was left in front before the home turn.

Ashleigh Rae’s rivals had 400m to run her down but she refused to wilt, holding on to record a narrow maiden win at her third outing.

“We were really confident tonight with the blinkers on,” Symons said. “She had been working well and Mat was really happy with her.

“We got her out and got her into the race because she has been dawdling out the back of late.

“We got there (the front) a bit sooner than I would have liked. I was hoping the leader would take me a bit further but the leader stopped like she was shot at the 400m.

“To her credit, she really knuckled down late. She’s always shown that bit of ability but she’s bred to get out over a trip.

“It was a pretty courageous effort tonight and she’ll only improve on that.”

Ashleigh Rae’s win earned connections a $13,750 winner’s cheque.

Congratulations to terrific stable supporter Jeff Allis and his Epona Park Stud on another success in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.