Confluence finally breaks through at Pakenham

Jan 18, 2018

A frustrating run of five successive second placings came to an end with Confluence’s deserved breakthrough win at Pakenham.

Confluence started his career with a good fifth at Sandown in February 2017 but it was surprising to see the smart galloper had to wait almost 12 months to break his maiden.

Confluence notched a trio of city placings in city races before trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra sent the son of Denman to Pakenham in the hope of securing a confidence-boosting win.

Damian Lane took luck out of the equation, sending Confluence forward to control the race in front until the promising three-year-old slipped clear early in the straight.

Confluence had a good look around at the wide open spaces of the Pakenham straight but Confluence had a half-length in hand on the line, notching his first win at his seventh start.

“He kept running placings but we never doubted that he would start to win races,” Zahra said.

“He earned almost $100,000 in prizemoney before he won a race so he’s always had good ability.

“Damian rated him perfectly in front. He had a look around but the horse was too good.

“Hopefully, he can go on with it now that he has had the winning feeling and we think he’s going to be able to progress through his grades.”

Confluence earned $23,250 in prizemoney and bonuses for his Pakenham maiden win, taking his stakes tally to more than $110,000.

Congratulations to great stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock on yet another victory in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.