Tasmanian quality to the fore at Wangaratta

Jun 22, 2017

Who says trainers can’t buy quality in Tasmania?

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have headed to Tasmania to assess the local stock at yearling sales over the last couple of years and outstanding debut winner Smart Coupe is one of those purchases.

The stable paid only $22,000 for Smart Coupe but the filly indicated that price was a bargain with her dominant win in the Masterking Security Maiden Plate (1100m).

Smart Coupe raced wide for the entire trip but still proved far too strong for her opposition, strolling to a soft win.

Meech was harsh on herself after the win but was excited about Smart Coupe’s prospects.

“I don’t know if I got a thrill or a heart attack, it wasn’t a great ride,” Meech modestly said.

“Early I was expecting her to have great speed but she didn’t pick up and get galloping so I elected to come back and pop in behind.

“She started to wanting to travel and they weren’t going that quick so I decided to stay three-wide and that didn’t matter.

“She was just a better horse.

“You’d expect she’s a better than average filly. Not many little two-year-olds can do that. She worked pretty hard and kept going right to the line.”

The victory landed Smart Coupe’s owners, a syndicate put together in partnership with First Light Racing, a $12,650 winner’s cheque and the promise of much more to come as the daughter of Smart Missile develops.

Ellerton Zahra Racing bought another three yearlings at the Tasmanian Magic Millions Sale this year, including a lovely filly by Fighting Sun and a terrific colt by Canford Cliffs, which still have shares available in them.

Contact the Ellerton Zahra Racing office for more information on the terrific ownership opportunities.