Baby Whistles again back at Moonee Valley
Jun 03, 2017
A simple shift was enough for Whistle Baby to return to the winner’s stall with another deserved city success.
Whistle Baby hadn’t won since her November 2015 victory at Moonee Valley but that appearance was her last at the unique circuit before her outing in the Dominant Clean Handicap (1200m).
Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra had Whistle Baby going well without winning in her first preparation since an unsuccessful mating with Vancouver last spring.
The mare had been close-up in five her six runs this time in before things went her way in her $100,000 assignment.
Leading apprentice Beau Mertens took 2kg off Whistle Baby’s back, leaving her to carry 58.5kg at the Valley but the young jockey always had the six-year-old travelling comfortably midfield despite racing three-wide for most of the trip.
Mertens sent Whistle Baby to the lead at the 200m before the daughter of Magnus showed her class late as she drew away to score by two lengths.
“Not many horses have deserved a win more than her,” Zahra said.
“She always gives her best and she’s great to have around the stable because she’s a dream to do anything with.
“She’ll probably only have one more run before she goes back to stud but she’s done her job and we’re thrilled to win another city win.”
Whistle Baby’s win was her seventh from 40 starts while the $55,000 winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to more than $500,000.
Congratulations to Whistle Baby’s great bunch of owners on another great win in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.