Linguist keeps EZR roll going on Oaks Day 2017

Nov 09, 2017

Aiming the right team members at the Melbourne Cup Carnival provided another outstanding result for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra on Oaks Day at Flemington.

Ellerton and Zahra’s team usually hits its peak in the summer months but a slight shift in programming has brought a winning double on Melbourne Cup day and another two winners on Kyneton Cup day.

“We’re known as summer trainers but we deliberately targeted the Spring Carnival this year, we’re getting better at it and hopefully after today we’ve shown we can mix it with the best,” Zahra said.

Linguist brought an Oaks Day success for the Flemington stable when she led throughout to win the DrinkWise Plate (1700m).

Linda Meech adopted similar front-running tactics on Linguist at her previous win at Ballarat and that positivity led to another decisive win at Flemington.

“It’s great, I don’t get too many rides over the Spring Carnival, so it’s terrific that Simon and Matty have stuck with me,” Meech said.

“When I go out with her, they don’t tell me what to do because they know I know her so well, so that gives me room for manoeuvre.

“When she gets out, she gets into a lovely rhythm and she bounced out really well for me, so I could leave everything up to the horse.”

Zahra said Linguist’s win was particularly special as two great clients of the stable were involved in the ownership of the daughter of Helmet.

“One of our main clients Ben Cooper, who’s got Merricks Station, owns a fair chunk of her,” Zahra said.

“We’ve been with First Light for a long time, so it’s great to get a winner for them and hopefully now they can start reaping the rewards with her.”

“She’s taken a while to develop, she hasn’t been able to keep a lot of condition in the past but this campaign she’s kept her condition nicely and really improved with every race.

“She’s matured nicely and hopefully she goes onto bigger and better things.”

Linguist’s win was her third in 10 starts and the $88,500 winner’s cheque shot her earnings past the $160,000 mark.

Congratulations to Linguist’s owners and all involved with the exciting mare’s win.

Photo: Darryl Sherer.