Wins keep flowing for River Jewel at Pakenham

Mar 07, 2019

River Jewel remained unbeaten for Flemington trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra when she defied the challengers to score at Pakenham.

River Jewel joined the Ellerton Zahra Racing stable after the dispersal of the team of disgraced trainer Darren Weir but the change in scenery has done River Jewel the world of good.

The daughter of Snitzel notched her maiden city win at Sandown before she stepped up to Benchmark 70 company in the ASM Slabs Handicap (1200m) with jockey Andrew Mallyon in the saddle.

A quick beginning left Mallyon able to put River Jewel in the perfect position behind the leaders before easing her out to challenge rounding the home turn.

River Jewel sprinted well to hit the lead at the 200m before comfortably holding off the backmarkers to score by three-quarters of a length.

“She just really seems to have thrived in a change of environment,” Mallyon said.

“She’s a lovely horse to ride in a race. She begins quickly and got across without doing too much work then another couple come around me and she switched off nicely.

“She gave me a really good kick coming into the straight and she maintained that all the way to the line.”

River Jewel’s second successive win was the fourth of her 20-start career but Mallyon said the four-year-old has the ability to notch a few more victories in the coming months.

“There’s nothing to say she can’t go on now so with a mare in form, it will be nice to see where she can take it,” Mallyon said.

“She’s going well and the world is her oyster at the moment.”

River Jewel earned $33,250 in prizemoney and bonuses for her terrific Pakenham win, taking her stakes tally to more than $200,000.

Congratulations to wonderful stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock on yet another win in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.