Justice backs up little sister at Cranbourne
Sep 20, 2017
Sword Of Justice continued a great week for his family with his determined Cranbourne success.
Sword Of Justice’s little sister Sword Of Light scored her career-best win in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington five days before the gelding’s first-up success.
The son of Medaglia D’Oro had not raced since pulling up lame at his last start in Geelong in April but had led up to his return to racing with solid jumpout efforts for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.
Ellerton and Zahra kept Sword Of Justice at Benchmark 70 level for his first-up outing in the TAB Cranbourne Cup 15/10/17 Handicap (1200m) and that assignment proved perfect for the five-year-old.
Luck was against jockey Damian Lane and Sword Of Light early as the duo was caught wide from barrier nine and had to cover extra ground through the early and middle stages, which left the pair with a test coming to the home turn.
However, Sword Of Light refused to wilt, showing he is in for a good preparation by rallying late to get home narrowly for his fourth win in 21 starts.
“I was happy where I was with regards to the tempo of the race because they didn’t go hard so I was close enough,” Lane said.
“I was wide without cover, which isn’t ideal but if there was a horse to be there on, it was him because he’s not really brave between horses.
“He does go better with clear galloping room and it worked in his favour today.”
Sword Of Light’s latest win earned connections a $16,500 winner’s cheque, taking his stakes tally to more than $125,000.
Congratulations to Contract Racing on yet another win in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing and all involved with Sword Of Justice’s Cranbourne success.