Ellerton Zahra Racing double act on the big stage on Melbourne Cup Day.
Nov 07, 2017
Ellerton Zahra Racing shone while the world was watching with a double on one of Australia’s great race days.
Trainers Mathew Ellerton, Simon Zahra and their wonderful staff had the horses ready to perform on Melbourne Cup day and Prezado and Odeon showed their class with outstanding wins at Flemington.
Prezado produced an amazing performance to give his opposition a start and a beating in the Schweppes Flemington Fling (1000m) with Chris Symons in the saddle.
Prezado came from second last but powered home over the top of the leaders in the last 200m to score what turned out to be an easy 1 ¼ length win, justifying the opinion both trainers had of the son of Denman at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in 2016.
“He’s an exciting horse and it’s probably the first horse me and Mathew have agreed on from the sales to buy, he wasn’t expensive, and we got some good clients into him,” Zahra said.
Prezado was only a $50,000 yearling but has already repaid his purchase price with interest and has the ability to win a lot more for connections in what was another shrewd yearling buy from Ellerton Zahra Racing.
“We’ve kept him back in the sprints for a reason, just to try…he’s probably a miler but he overdoes it so back to the 1000m just to get him off the bit and hit the line,” Zahra said.
“He has only had a couple of runs so we’ll just see. We might give him a freshen up for the autumn.”
Symons was aboard Ellerton Zahra Racing’s other winner, the classy galloper Odeon, who strolled to a comfortable win in the Listed James Boag's Premium Stakes (1800m).
Odeon continued his rapid development in his spring four-year-old season with a dominant two-length victory, his first stakes win, which came after a perfect ride from the jockey.
The son of Kiwi stallion Zacinto took a couple of runs to hit top form before breaking through for a comfortable win at Caulfield before stepping up to stakes class for the same result.
“He probably just wasn’t where we wanted him to be at his first couple of runs this prep,” Ellerton said.
“He got to his right trip last start and three weeks later he was at his right trip again today. He stayed down in the weights which suited him as well.”
Congratulations to the owners and thanks to the staff for their contributions on what was a great day for the stable.