Another good season for EZR
Aug 15, 2017
Ellerton Zahra Racing notched a significant milestone during yet another consistent season in which the stable remained among the top echelon of Melbourne trainers.
Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra prepared their 500th winner as a combination when River Goddess saluted at Bendigo on June 29, giving the stable a terrific achievement. Ellerton Zahra Racing finished the season with 68 wins for the season with 22 of those coming in the metropolitan area, leaving the stable in eighth spot in the Melbourne trainers’ premiership.
The stable’s competitiveness in times dominated by the Weir and Lindsay Park stables, who have many times more horses in work, is a testament to the hard work of the staff at Flemington. The stable notched three stakes wins during the season with star sprinter Heatherly claiming two of those wins while she went close to a deserved Group I victory in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in the spring.
Emerging stayer Odeon was most unlucky in his Group I attempt in the South Australian Derby but Sword Of Light capped a terrific season with her win in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Reef at Caulfield for great stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock.
Crystal Dreamer’s development into a quality city-class sprinter was also a highlight for Ellerton Zahra Racing as was the progress of talented performer What A Shock, who scored three wins during the season and went close to a city victory at Flemington in June.
Such performances pushed Ellerton Zahra Racing’s prizemoney earnings to more than $3 million for the second successive season and giving all involved cause for plenty of optimism for the new season.
Such results are impossible without the great efforts of our hard-working staff at Flemington and the support of our wonderfully loyal owners, who we hope enjoyed racing horses with the stable last season.
Mat and Simon have travelled extensively during the yearling season looking for the best young horses for to replenish the stable’s stock and the progress of the now two-year-olds has the lads excited in the future. Heatherly is back in the stable in terrific order and Odeon is progressing well as he builds up to his spring campaign but there are plenty of younger and lightly-raced horses that carry the high hopes of the connections this season.
Once again, Ellerton Zahra Racing thanks everyone involved for their support last season and we hope to see you in the winner’s stall in the 2017/18 season.