River flows through the wet at Cranbourne

May 11, 2018

It makes sense that a horse named River Star would relish the wet.

The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained River Star ploughed through heavy (10) conditions to break her maiden in the TAB Multiplier Handicap (1200m).

River Star ran third on debut Werribee before a fair effort when midfield at Echuca second-up but the combination of the heavy ground and the step to 1200m contributed to get the daughter of Sebring home.

In-form jockey Damian Lane was happy to let River Star roll forward before tracking the leaders to the home turn.

Lane eased River Star into a gap between the leaders on the home turn before sprinting best in the straight to score by three-quarters of a length.

Lane said Ellerton and Zahra’s decision to add blinkers to the filly’s gear was also a big factor in her win.

“She was good tonight, but the blinkers really switched her on,” Lane said.

“I was travelling really well, and she was getting through the ground so well.

“She was able to travel into the straight and gave a good kick.”

Lane said River Star had always shown ability, but the win showed she was in work at the perfect time.

“Coming into these winter months, it’s a good time to have her in work if she’s going to handle these heavy tracks.”

River Star’s Cranbourne success earned connections $23,250 in prizemoney and bonuses with the promise of plenty more during the winter months.

River Star’s win was Ellerton Zahra Racing’s 75th of an outstanding season that has propelled the stable into fourth placing on Victorian trainers’ premiership.

Congratulations to all involved with River Star’s terrific win and a big thanks to all the team at Ellerton Zahra Racing for their part in what has been a great season for the Flemington operation.