Pakenham double strike for Ellerton Zahra Racing
May 24, 2018
Developing galloper Gaudi had little trouble completing a double for Ellerton Zahra Racing on a cold night at the Pakenham Synthetic track.
Gaudi had promised plenty at two of his previous three runs of his autumn preparation before the step up to 1400m proved the right distance for him in the Intoit Global Class 1 Handicap.
The son of Master Of Design had to work to find a spot near the lead before Gaudi relaxed well for jockey Damian Lane in the middle stages.
Lane sent Gaudi out after the lead at the 400m before the three-year-old got the upper hand in the last 150m to score his second win in eight starts by 2 ¼ lengths.
Lane said Gaudi has taken time to hit his top form but the riding four-year-old could win a few more races this time in.
“I was always confident he’d be fit enough because he’s had a few runs now,” Lane said.
“We’ve always quite liked him so it’s a little bit disappointing that it’s taken him this long to win his second race but over these winter months, he can win a few more.”
Lane was also aboard Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra’s other Pakenham winner when Peninsula Miss broke her maiden in the Polytrack Maiden Plate (1200m).
Peninsula Miss settled in the second half of the field behind a strong early gallop before she ran home well down the centre of the track for a 1 ¼ length win.
“Matty and I decided that she was a better chaser, so I wanted to ride her quieter anyway, but we were wary that there might not be much speed,” Lane said.
“But it all worked out well. She picked up the bridle at the 500(m) and travelled into it well. To her credit, she finished it off well.
“Now that she gets that win on the board, hopefully she can go onto things a little stronger.”
Congratulations to the owners of both winners and all involved with the stable’s winning double at Pakenham.