New and improved Creativity scores first-up at Caulfield

Apr 28, 2018

A little remedial work made all the difference in Creativity’s impressive first-up win at Caulfield.

Creativity’s talent is undoubted, but the mare has cost herself the opportunity to live up to her potential by pulling a few tricks at the barriers, which has resulted in her being suspended from racing by stewards.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra sent Creativity to renowned horseman Julien Welsh to work on her barrier manners. Creativity’s owners got an immediate reward for effort in the LU Simon Builders Handicap (1200m).

“When you know what she’s capable of, we have to say thank you to Julian Welsh, he’s done some work with her in the blindfold and stallion chain and she’s come out here today in the blinkers and was good,” Ellerton said.

“(Owners) Midge and Barrie Griffiths have been very patient with her so it’s hopefully onwards and upwards.”

Damien Thornton rode the daughter of Master of Design in the $100,000 race. Creativity travelled kindly for Thornton before sprinting clear of her opposition in the straight to score by two lengths.

Thornton said he was always confident of steering Creativity to victory.

“She was really well behaved today, she stood perfectly, and she actually jumped a bit too well for the way we wanted to ride her,” Thornton said.

“First-up and 1200m we wanted to ride her a bit quieter thinking she might be vulnerable, but she was good to the line.

“I was travelling that good round the bend I probably got there too early, but I didn’t want to break her momentum.

“I thought it would take a good one to run her down she was going that good.”

The Caulfield success was Creativity’s fourth in nine starts while the $55,000 winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to more than $200,000.