Propelle launches late for city win at The Valley

Oct 26, 2018

Propelle gave connections a few anxious moments before lifting late to become a city winner at The Valley.

Propelle has shown trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra plenty of ability in her time in the stable, convincing the Flemington stable to give her another shot in town first-up in the LUCRF Super Handicap (1200m).

Damian Lane rode Propelle at her first two starts before resuming his partnership with the three-year-old at The Valley and the leading rider gave his mount time to balance midfield early in the $120,000 event.

Lane let Propelle improve around her rivals to be within striking distance on the home turn but took time to get balanced early in the short home straight at The Valley.

However, Propelle showed plenty of fight to lift late, grabbing the leader on the line to score narrowly, notching her second win in four starts.

“There were a few words that came out there and none of them were any good for television,” Zahra said post-race.

“It was a terrific effort and she’s still learning her craft.

“Every time we get her around the corner, she keeps wobbling and she’s going to be a nice filly in the autumn.”

Zahra said connections had considered plenty of options with the daughter of Smart Missile but preferred to give her a light spring before testing her further in the autumn.

“The aim was to give her a crack up the straight at the back end of the Flemington carnival and then freshen her up in the autumn,” Zahra said.

“We were going to go to Adelaide at one stage, but we decided to take our time with this filly.”

Propelle earned a $66,000 winner’s cheque for her maiden city victory, which took her stakes tally to more than $78,000.

Congratulations to Propelle’s owners and all involved with the smart filly’s first metropolitan victory.