12 winners at 9 tracks for October

Nov 02, 2017

A bumper month of October catapulted Ellerton Zahra Racing into the top five on the Victorian trainers’ premiership.

Mathew Ellerton, Simon Zahra and the Flemington-based team had an outstanding month, preparing 12 winners at nine tracks in a super October to leap to fourth spot in the Victorian trainer’s title.

Ellerton and Zahra doubled their season’s tally of wins in October and it well documented the stable hits its peak period in the summer months when Victorian tracks host plenty of meetings, which provide opportunities for horses of all abilities.

The stable notched a Group win on the opening day of the month when classy filly Booker proved too tough for her opposition in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
Booker was unable to produce her best when sustaining a minor injury in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at her next start but the three-year-old will be one of the stable stars in the autumn.

The team unveiled plenty of new stock during October with Light Romance scoring on debut at Seymour on October 8 while Do It For Dottie scored first-up from a break during which she had strengthened well.

Smart sprinter Rock ‘N’ Gold broke through for a deserved win at the third run of his spring campaign in the $100,000 Apache Cat Quality (1000m) at Cranbourne on October 15, which followed Sheezdashing’s excellent maiden win at the first meeting of the Cranbourne carnival two days earlier.
Rock ‘N’ Gold subsequently represented the stable with distinction with his solid fourth at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day while Odeon gave Ellerton Zahra Racing a win during the Caulfield Cup carnival when he strode to an easy win over 1700m race worth $100,000 on October 18.

Pres De Toi relished the step up to 2000m with her terrific Mornington win on October 22 and has earned a crack at Group 2 company in the Wakeful Stakes over the same trip on Victoria Derby day.
Who knows? Pres De Toi could compete for Group 1 honours in the VRC Oaks during Melbourne Cup week.

Linguist showed her talent with a dominant win at Ballarat on October 26 while Joan Constance was terrific when notching her third win in her last four starts at the same meeting, giving syndicators First Light Racing and terrific stable clients Merricks Station & Epona Park the thrill of winning with promising horses.

While the more established horses are running well and doing great jobs for their owners, Ellerton and Zahra have been thrilled with the progress of their lightly-raced team members while the two-year-old crop are coming along well, and some should hit the track in the next few weeks.

Bionics stepped out for his first start in the Inglis Banner (1000m) for two-year-olds at Moonee Valley and competed well before running second to a more experienced rival in a pleasing debut, which is a good sign for the stable’s juveniles this season.

There are still a couple of two-year-olds for sale that were sourced by Ellerton and Zahra during the yearling purchasing season and they have reached the jumpout stage, showing plenty of promise.