Prezado powers back into winning form at Pakenham

Dec 08, 2018

Prezado’s frustrating run ended with a dominant drought-breaking win at Pakenham.

Prezado burst on to the scene with an amazing win at Flemington during last year’s Melbourne Cup carnival but few would have thought the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained sprinter would need to wait more than a year for his next win.

A combination of things ranging from minor issues to a lack of luck in running kept Prezado out of the winner’s circle until the Naashi AAC Plate (1000m) at Pakenham.

Prezado’s three runs from a spell pleased the stable, including his effort when racing wide at The Valley last time out, but the gelding relished a seven-day back-up to score with Craig Williams aboard.

Zahra said he thought Prezado would have no excuses at the top of the long Pakenham home straight before the four-year-old steamed home powerfully to score his second win in 13 starts.

“He’s obviously a frustrating horse but he’s had his fair share of problems,” Zahra said.

“His last three runs, he’s had no luck and it was a massive run at The Valley the other day, three-wide facing the breeze and he had the audacity to give a bit of a kick when he was six weeks between runs.

“We had no hesitation in backing him up and we put Craig aboard.

“We were reasonably confident coming here today.”

Zahra said it was especially pleasing how Prezado finished off his race, which would stand him in good stead for his next assignment back at Flemington later in December.

“He ran well through the line but he did have a bit of a look at them but it was good to see him get the win on the board,” Zahra said.

“I think confidence will help him a bit and there’s a nice race up the straight for him in a few weeks.

“We’ll build him back up again.”

Prezado’s win earned connections a $38,500 winner’s cheque, taking his stakes tally to more than $230,000.

Congratulations to Prezado’s big team of owners and all involved with getting him back to winning form.