Casares headed but fights back for Wangaratta win

Sep 19, 2017

Ellerton Zahra Racing had four runners in the race but Casares was the one that got the job done with a fighting debut win at Wangaratta.

Casares and stablemates Vivendi, Sheezdashing and Crushed all faced the starter in the Wangaratta Chronicle SV 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate (1170m) but Casares did best to claim the $12,100 winner’s cheque.

Apprentice Ben Thompson sent Casares straight to the front before controlling the race on the daughter of Encosta De Lago through the middle stages.

Thompson had to earn every cent of his riding fee in the straight as the favourite Omorose headed Casares but the three-year-old fought back strongly in the last 150m to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Thompson enjoyed success on grand galloper Pin Your Hopes last season and was thrilled to again team up with trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

“It’s great to get an opportunity from Mat and Simon on a filly that has been well put-together,” Thompson said post-race. “I’d seen her at the jumpouts at home even though it was the first time I sat on her today.

“She’s got good tactical speed so we had a good run in front and it was pretty quiet there.

“She was strong. The second horse probably put half a length on her coming to the furlong (200m) but she was strong

“To her credit, she really knuckled down and I loved the way she galloped through the post.

“She has been well-prepared by the Ellerton Zahra team and she did everything right today.”

Casares was a $160,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and took the first step to repaying her purchase price with her gutsy victory.

Congratulations to great stable supporters, the Griffiths and Psaltis families, on yet another win in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.