Ellerton Zahra Racing continues to fly high on Kyneton Cup day

Nov 08, 2017

Ellerton Zahra Racing’s glorious Melbourne Cup week continued with another double at the Kyneton Cup meeting.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra were in the winner’s circle twice on Melbourne Cup day when Prezado and Odeon scored outstanding victories on one of the biggest days in Australian racing.

Many use Kyneton Cup day as the ideal recovery from the Melbourne Cup festivities but Ellerton Zahra Racing gave their supporters plenty to celebrate with more success.

Tina Turban started the day in perfect fashion for the Flemington-based stable with a determined win in the TAC Be Races Ready Maiden Plate (1850m).

Tina Turban had finished second at her previous two starts but she was good enough to break through when she got her chance courtesy of apprentice Liam Riordan’s ride.

Tina Turban raced on the speed before taking the lead on the home turn but had to dig deep late to hold off a late challenger and score by a head.

“It’s great to be riding for the Ellerton Zahra team. They are flying and they have been giving me plenty of opportunities,” Riordan said.

“I just got left alone a bit too early there but she found the line quite well.”

Manning Road was another to get a perfect ride from her jockey to score in the No Fuss Event Hire BM64 Handicap (1850m).

Manning Road won well at Bendigo at her previous start before the daughter of Casino Prince stepped up in grade for her $25,000 assignment.

Jockey Andrew Mallyon parked Manning Road in the box seat before going around only one horse on the home turn. Manning Road had to fight hard but recorded another deserved win by a half-length.

Mallyon said Ellerton and Zahra’s decision to remove the blinkers from Manning Road was the key to her finding her best form.

“She’s at either one end of the spectrum or the other,” Mallyon said. “She either goes too hard in the blinkers or she relaxes really well without them and waking her up is the hard part.

“With a bit of racing, she has found that happy medium where she will switch off and then she’s getting to the line a lot better than what she has been previously”.

Congratulations to Ben Cooper from Merricks Station and owners of both Tina Turban and Manning Road and all involved on yet another wonderful day for the stable.