Ellerton Zahra Racing fires again with Caulfield treble

Dec 16, 2017

The switch from spring to summer has made no difference to Ellerton Zahra Racing – the winners are still flowing after the Flemington stable produced a treble of victories at Caulfield.

Ellerton Zahra Racing had an outstanding spring period but the lead-up to Christmas has been a profitable time for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra with the Caulfield triple strike taking the team to eight wins in the first 16 days of December.

Two-year-old colt Ollivander repaid more than half of his $70,000 purchase price with an outstanding debut win in the Evergreen Turf Plate (1100m) with Chris Symons in the saddle.

A moderate beginning did not concern Symons, who was happy to let the son of Charge Forward settle midfield before Ollivander powered home in the straight to what turned out to be a comfortable one-length win, earning $55,000 for his huge band of thrilled owners.

Ellerton said Ollivander did everything right to score on debut but added the youngster had plenty of scope for improvement.

He’s a leggy, fine sort of horse who has got his best in front of him I think,” Ellerton said.

“He’s quite immature and got here of his own accord - we haven’t over taxed him at home and he’s got a bright future.”

Ellerton Zahra Racing started the Caulfield meeting in terrific fashion but ended the day with two more late victories, courtesy of established city performers Crystal Dreamer and Creativity.

Crystal Dreamer completed back-to-back metropolitan wins in the Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap (1100m) with apprentice Stephanie Thornton aboard.

Crystal Dreamer score at Listed level at Sandown at his previous run and his class prevailed again as he overcame a wide run to notch his first success over 1100m with a determined effort.

"He's built a pretty good record now and funnily enough that was his first win at 1100 metres," Ellerton said. "With the three kilo claim he came into the race well.

"He got a bit aggressive there midrace but if he pulls up alright we'll go 10 days into the Christmas Stakes."

Creativity was luckless from a wide gate when resuming on Ballarat Cup day but enjoyed a better run before scoring a solid second-up win in the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100m) with Damian Lane aboard.

The mare’s connections had to wait until the dismissal of an optimistic protest before stewards confirmed her as the winner of the $100,000 contest, which was the mare’s third city win of her eight-start career that has earned her owners more than $150,000 in stakes.

Congratulations to the owners of the three Caulfield winners and a huge thank you to the great team at Ellerton Zahra Racing that did a wonderful job to present the horses in such outstanding condition.