EZR on the road again chasing Adelaide riches on Saturday
May 18, 2018
Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have been around the mark in Adelaide on the last two Saturday’s and will have a shot at another Group 1 race at Morphettville.
Sheezdashing ran a terrific second in the Group I Australasian Oaks (2000m) and has headed to Brisbane to continue her preparation with the Group I Queensland Oaks (2200m) being the aim in the next couple of weeks.
High ‘n’ Dry ran a respectable sixth while not having the best of luck with barriers in last week’s South Australian Derby while stablemate Into Rio was just as honest, running seventh in his first race at the highest level.
Veteran sprinter Flamberge will fly the flag for Ellerton Zahra Racing in the Group 1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) and goes into the $1 million event in reasonable form with solid runs in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) at his last two runs.
“He just needs a bit of luck in his races but I’m sure he won’t be far away,” Zahra said.
“He has drawn a good gate where Damian (Lane) can just ride him wherever he lands, and we know he’ll be finishing off his race as strongly as anything in the straight.”
Exciting galloper Marcel From Madrid and the developing filly Aristia will be the stable’s first runners of the day in the Group 3 National Stakes (1200m).
Marcel From Madrid left a big impression with debut win at Benalla on April 27 while Aristia has been close-up in all three of her starts.
“Marcel From Madrid was impressive on debut but Aristia has improved with every start. They’re different types of horses but they’ll both run very well even though the race is a Group 3,” Zahra said.
Smart mare Creativity will be out to take her winning form from her first-up success at Caulfield across to Adelaide in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m).
Creativity was stakes-placed on debut as a two-year-old but showed she was ready to shoot for a black type win with her dominant effort on April 28.
See Me Fly was too strong for his opposition in the wet at Bendigo last time out, which convinced Ellerton and Zahra to give the five-year-old a chance at an interstate success in the Chalk Hill Handicap (1200m).
Damian Lane and Damien Thornton will share the stable’s rides at Saturday’s Morphettville meeting.
Good luck to the connections of all runners.