'He should be a trainer' - Essence Of Terror back to winning form at Valley

Jun 17, 2017

A fired-up Essence OF Terror relished the addition of blinkers in her strong success in Saturday’s Zouki Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Jockey Chris Symons suggested trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra put the blinkers on Essence Of Terror after a disappointing run at Geelong but the Flemington-based duo went one step further than the gear change.

Ellerton and Zahra changed Essence Of Terror’s work to include schooling over hurdles midweek before the mare got the desired result in Saturday’s $80,000 race.

Essence Of Terror over-raced in the middle stages before getting a run on the inside of the leaders on the home turn. Symons drove the mare hard in the straight to score by a length as an $8 chance.

“He should become a trainer, Chris,” Zahra said.

“She was disappointing at Geelong. We probably just put it down to her being in work a long time but he told us to put the blinkers on and take her back to 1000(m).

“We took his advice and put the blinkers on and we’ve been putting her over hurdles instead of galloping her for something a bit different and to mix it up with those mares that have been up a while.

“She travelled beautiful and just had a really good turn of foot.”

Essence Of Terror’s maiden city win was her fourth from 20 starts while the $44,000 winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to more than $129,000 – almost 10 times the $14,000 Ellerton Zahra paid for the daughter of Reward For Effort as a yearling.

Congratulations to Essence Of Terror’s owners and all involved with her terrific Moonee Valley success.