Christmas week double strike at Cranbourne

Dec 28, 2018

Christmas week kept on delivering the presents for Ellerton Zahra Racing after the team enjoyed a double success at Cranbourne.

Boxing Day produced winners at Caulfield and Geelong before the Flemington team made yet another successful trip across Melbourne to Cranbourne on Friday.

Heir Of Tavistock had to share the major prize with a fellow dead-heater in the TAB Multiplier Maiden Plate (1600m) but Racorza was a class above his opposition in the Happy 60th Trev Maiden Plate (1400m).

Heir Of Tavistock was brave in defeat when second at his previous run at Terang on December 12 but the step to 1600m brought the desired improvement at Cranbourne.

Jockey Damien Thornton sent Heir Of Tavistock straight to the lead before the three-year-old fought hard under enormous pressure in the straight, refusing to give in and getting a slice of the winner’s cheque.

“We thought we’d run second but he’s a nice horse that is progressing along,” Simon Zahra, who trains Heir Of Tavistock in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“He’s still got no idea what he’s doing but once the blinkers go on in time and the penny starts to drop, I think he’ll be a nice horse.

“He doesn’t know how to travel but we think he’ll get there.”

Racorza also led but made a one-act affair of his event.

Thornton was positive early on the son of Helmet, pushing him to the lead before slipping away from his opposition on the home turn. Racorza maintained a strong gallop down the straight, recording his first win in dominant fashion despite missing a place at his previous three runs.

“This was a little bit of a surprise,” Zahra said.

“He jumped from the gates so well that he rolled forward and got everyone out of their comfort zone and ran them off their legs really.

“We dashed him up this morning to try and wake him up a bit and it worked. It was a really good effort.”

Congratulations to the owners of both Cranbourne winners and a huge thanks to all involved with getting our team to the races in such terrific order.