Sprinters head Ellerton Zahra Racing's powerful Flemington line-up

Jan 18, 2018

Returning Group 1 winners Amber Sky and Flamberge will lead Ellerton Zahra Racing’s strong team for Saturday’s Flemington meeting.

Amber Sky, the winner of the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) in Dubai, and six races in Hong Kong but his owner has sent the Australian-bred son of Exceed And Excel to trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra to continue his career with straight races his priority.

Zahra said the stable had to iron out a couple of minor feet issues but the eight-year-old is ready to start his campaign in Saturday’s Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m).

Amber Sky is one of three Ellerton Zahra Racing runners engaged in the $120,000 sprint along with Flamberge, who returns to the stable after an unsuccessful stint with the Darren Weir team.

Peter Moody prepared Flamberge to notch three Group 1 wins with the gelding but the eight-year-old trialled well at Werribee leading up to his return to racing.

“Flamberge trialled really well. There was a bit of cut in the ground but he really stretched out,” Zahra said.

“He had a couple of feet problems when he came to us but he’s improving all the time.

“He’s still showing that he still wants to do it and he looks really well.”

Ellerton and Zahra will test consistent galloper Rock ‘N’ Gold in the Kensington Stakes. Damian Lane will ride Flamberge, Amber Sky will be ridden by Mark Zahra while Chris Symons will be aboard Rock ‘N’ Gold.

Symons will also continue his association with smart three-year-old Prezado in the $250,000 Inglis Dash (1100m).

Prezado was an outstanding winner down the Flemington straight on Melbourne Cup day and looks a good chance to upset the odds-on favourite Nature Strip in the Inglis Dash.

Prezado was another that trialled well at Werribee last Monday and is in great shape to resume with a strong performance.

Consistent mare River Goddess will tackle the 2000m for the first time in the Dolly’s Dream Handicap (2000m). Ben Thompson will ride River Goddess in her $120,000 assignment.

Good luck to the connections of all the stable’s runners engaged at Flemington on Saturday.