Foxling gets Ellerton Zahra Racing off the mark in season 2017/18

Aug 19, 2017

Developing mare Foxling became the first of many Ellerton Zahra Racing winners for the 2017/18 season after a late dive at the line at Seymour.

Foxling competed well but without luck in the summer but returned a stronger mare for his first outing of the season in the JBL Catering Maiden Plate (1000m).

Andrew Mallyon headed up the Hume Highway to Seymour and gave the daughter of Foxwedge every chance to break her maiden over the 1000m, a distance over which Foxling had never raced.

Mallyon let Foxling travel comfortably at the head of the midfield brigade until easing her four and five-wide around the home turn in pursuit of the odds-on favourite Experimentation.

Foxling took a while to hit her stop in the soft conditions but rallied late to get home in the last bound, breaking her maiden at her 10th start.

“She’s been a bit of a work in progress and has just needed a bit of time for the penny to drop,” Simon Zahra, who trains Foxling in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“She could be one of those horses that can continue to improve now that she knows how to win a race.

“A good brave win like that will give her a bit of confidence and she’ll be much fitter for that so we’re expecting her improve as she gets out over more ground.”

Foxling’s win earned connections a $12,100 winner’s cheque, which took her stakes tally to more than $26,000.

Congratulations to Foxling’s big band of terrific owners on their success with the mare.