Shandy at full strength in impressive Geelong win

Mar 17, 2019

Shandy had little trouble improving from a promising debut placing to a comfortable maiden win at Geelong.

Flemington trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra prepared Shandy’s three half-siblings for the family of the stable’s racing manager Sharnee Rose and other owners but the Fiorente filly could be the best progeny of Portland Paije to hit the racetrack.

Shandy showed ability when third in what turned out to be a good form race at Kyneton on February 28 with the second horse Valenciano scoring at his next start while the winner Miss Solly wasn’t disgraced in stakes company at Flemington at her next outing.

Experienced jockey Jack Hill, who boasts a solid strike rate on Ellerton Zahra Racing horses, took the ride on Shandy and gave the inexperienced performer a comfortable trip to the home turn.

Hill pushed Shandy to sprint halfway down the running before the good-looking chestnut quickened well to score a strong 1 ¼ length win.

“She just found the 1100m too short at Kyneton but she liked the longer trip and could have won by further,” Zahra said.

“She’s by a Melbourne Cup winner so she will only get better with time and racing.

“She has a nice future ahead of her if she keeps improve in the way she has between her first and second runs.”

Shandy earned $21,050 in prizemoney and bonuses for her Geelong win, taking her stakes tally to more than $24,000 after only two starts with the promise of plenty more to come.

Congratulations to Shandy’s owners and all involved with getting the promising three-year-old to the races in such terrific order.