EZR Dashing to Adelaide for a crack at the Australasian Oaks

May 04, 2018

Sheezdashing’s attempt to claim a maiden Group I win in the Australasian Oaks headlines a huge day for Ellerton Zahra Racing in Melbourne and Adelaide.

Sheezdashing has been remarkably consistent without winning during her autumn campaign but the daughter of Myboycharlie has not enjoyed the best of luck in most of her recent runs.

Trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra will give the three-year-old her first run over 2000m in the Australasian Oaks. However, Zahra said the distance should suit Sheezdashing in the $500,000 event.

“She has always shown that she is looking for the 2000m this time in,” Zahra said.

“She has been always running on strongly at the end of her races and she has earned her chance in a Group I race with her honest efforts.”

Damien Thornton will ride Sheezdashing on Saturday while Damian Lane will be aboard the reliable Sword Of Light in the Group II Queen of the South Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.

Sword Of Light is another of the stable that hasn’t had the best of luck in a campaign that started with a solid performance in the Group I Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

Sword Of Light has been around the mark in the Listed Golden Mile at Bendigo and the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Mile at her last two starts to show she is in solid form ahead of the Queen of the South Stakes.

“She won a Group II race in the spring so we know she’s up to it,” Zahra said.

“She hasn’t been disgraced in any of her runs this prep so it’s a matter of her getting the luck she needs at the right time to have her in the finish.”

While Ellerton Zahra Racing has two runners in Adelaide, four runners will represent the stable at Flemington.

Arisitia will start proceedings in the Graham Salisbury Plate (1100m) with Ben Thompson aboard while Found Out and Mieszko will contest the Rogan Josh Handicap (1700m).

Andrew Mallyon will be aboard Found Out while the stable has booked Daniel Moor to ride Mieszko.

Apprentice Liam Riordan will ride Rock ‘n’ Gold in the TJ ‘Tommy’ Hughes Handicap (1000m).