Fallen Empire comes from nowhere for Donald win

Mar 22, 2018

It wasn’t looking good at the 400m, but Fallen Empire showed how quickly a race can change with his exciting win at Donald.

Jockey Linda Meech was hard at work to get the three-year-old to make ground on his rivals before the home turn but the rider herself wasn’t too concerned.

Meech hooked the son of Smart Missile to the outside section of the track where he stormed home out wide to record what turned out to be a soft win in the Agrimac 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m).

Fallen Empire had finished second at Kyneton at his previous outing on March 7, but that race experience and a bigger track helped the promising galloper to a convincing win.

Meech said the instructions of trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra went out the window early in the piece but Fallen Empire’s ability was enough to overcome a slow start to the $22,000 race.

“The boys from Flemington wanted me to go further forward and I tried my best and he didn’t want to go,” Meech said.

“I’d watched his tapes and I knew he had a great finish. I just had to get him in the clear.

“I know it sounds stupid when he was off the bit and chasing but I always knew he was going to win but for one brief second, he just wanted to duck in behind the 100/1 shot that was stopping in front of me and he gave me a fright.

“Once I got him out and balanced up again, he hit the line really well.”

Meech said Fallen Empire could continue to work his way through the grades with racing.

Fallen Empire’s win was the Ellerton Zahra Racing’s latest success in partnership with First Light Racing.

Congratulations to Fallen Empire’s owners, the team at First Light Racing and all involved with his exciting win