Promising Pres De Toi relishes 2000m at Mornington

Oct 22, 2017

Three-year-old Pres De Toi confirmed her staying promise with her determined maiden win at Mornington.

Pres De Toi, French for ‘next to you’ has shown plenty of ability for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra in her short career to date with a city placing behind Derby favourite Cliff’s Edge at Caulfield in September.

A terrible barrier made winning the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) nigh on impossible at Flemington at her previous outing but Pres De Toi was far from disgraced in the $200,000 contest.

Ellerton and Zahra deemed the Mornington Car & Tyre Services Plate over 2000m was the perfect assignment for Pres De Toi despite the fact she would be taking on older horses in the $22,000 contest.

Apprentice Jessica Payne was booked to ride the daughter of Helmet and rode her positively despite drawing wide again, sending Pres De Toi forward to race handy to the speed from barrier 11.

Pres De Toi relaxed perfectly for Payne, conserving energy for her finishing sprint from the 400m.

Pres De Toi went to the front on the home turn and held off the challengers despite tiring late at her first go at 2000m to score by a long head.

“Her form had been pretty good going into the race and she was ready for the 2000m after two 1600m runs,” Zahra said.

“Nothing went right for her in the Edward Manifold Stakes and to stick on like she did was pleasing so we were confident she’d be hard to beat back in a maiden.

“Jessica did the right thing and put her into the race. She’s a good staying filly that will only improve.”

Pres De Toi’s breakthrough win came at her sixth start while the $20,500 in prizemoney and bonuses took her stakes tally to more than $40,000.

Congratulations to Pres De Toi’s owners and all involved with her terrific success.