Farstar gets Ellerton Zahra Racing on the board in 2018/19

Aug 12, 2018

It took a few goes but Ellerton Zahra Racing notched its first victory in its chase for a century of winners in the 2018/19 when smart three-year-old Farstar scored at Cranbourne.

Flemington trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra prepared 89 winners but amazingly recorded 116 second placings during the 2017/18 campaign and the new season had begun in a similar fashion.

Classy performers Prezado and Odeon made strong starts to their preparations with placings at Flemington 24 hours before Farstar tackled heavy conditions at Cranbourne.

Farstar is a half-brother to the stable’s Group I-placed filly Sharnee Rose, named after our hard-working racing manager. The sprinter showed he is in for plenty of wins in his own right when he comfortably handled his rivals in the Cranbourne Holden 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m).

The son of Zoustar wasn’t quite at home in the heavy (8) conditions but gave top jockey Damian Lane a smooth ride in front, controlling the $26,000 race to the home turn, before sprinting well to record a soft one-length win.

“He travelled well out in front and I was confident a long way out,” Lane said. “He’s definitely going to be better back on top of the ground. His ability got him through it (the heavy ground).

“He certainly didn’t excel in it anyway.

“It was his first go in it and he hadn’t trialled in it or anything, so it was a good effort.”

Farstar found the Cranbourne event easier than his sound debut fifth at Sandown on July 25. Lane said the gelding would continue to improve with racing and would be an even better prospect next time in.

“He definitely will do it at some stage. I really like him but he’s a very green horse and it was all a bit much for him at Sandown,” Lane said.

“Even if it doesn’t happen for him this prep, it will happen for him next prep. This prep is probably more for education.

“It will take a while for the penny to drop but once it does, he’ll definitely win races.”

Ellerton Zahra Racing purchased Farstar at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale out of the Widden Stud draft.

Congratulations to Farstar’s owners and all involved in what we expect to be the first of many wins with the promising three-year-old.