Social's ability is not a Secret after Benalla victory

Apr 05, 2018

Social Secret showed the penny is starting to drop with her dominant maiden success at Sale.

The three-year-old filly has been a work in progress for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, but Social Secret showed her talent with a comfortable win in the McDonalds Benalla 3YO Maiden Plate (1406m).

Social Secret did a few things wrong when midfield at Kyneton at her previous run, but jockey Linda Meech had a look at the replays of the filly’s previous races before deciding her plan of attack for her latest assignment.

Meech wanted to lead but a good early gallop left Social Secret tracking the speed while the jockey focussed on keeping the daughter of Helmet travelling kindly.

That approach worked with Social Secret enjoying a lovely run before peeling three-wide rounding the home turn. Social Secret extended well once clear, showing a neat turn of foot to score by two lengths.

“I’ve watched her tapes and she can throw her head around and do a bit wrong but drawing the lovely gate today, she didn’t really have to do any work,” Meech said.

“She settled reasonably. It probably didn’t look that pretty, but I wasn’t trying to be stylish, just keep her happy.

“It probably worked quite well.”

Meech said Social Secret’s Benalla win would not be the last for the developing filly.

“She’s got plenty more wins ahead of her now she’s starting to learn a little bit. She’s a bit raw but she did everything right,” Meech said.

“I’d be surprised if she didn’t win a few more races.”