Amazing breakthrough win for Bionics at Ballarat

Mar 24, 2019

An amazing win is one way to keep out of an online bloodstock sale.

Three-year-old Bionics was set to be sold through an Inglis Digital sale before his last-to-first win at Ballarat.

The son of Hinchinbrook has shown trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra plenty of ability but the gelding took 12 starts to break his maiden in the Ballarat Antenna Solutions Maiden Plate (1100m).

Nothing went Bionics’ way as starting from the tricky barrier nine meant jockey Damian Lane, fresh from his Golden Slipper triumph, had to take the sprinter back in the field to get cover in the early and middle stages.

Bionics was at the tail of the field on the home turn and he nearly fell when clipping heels at the 200m but refused to be denied his maiden win. Bionics picked himself up and charged home for what turned out to be a soft win.

While Ballarat was a far cry from the riches of the Golden Slipper, Lane fulfilled his engagements one three Ellerton Zahra Racing-trained runners but was lucky not to have fallen from Bionics.

“I had a handful of rides here today so I had to turn up and do my job again today,” Lane said.

“I got into a bit of bother there and I nearly fell so I’m a bit lucky to come back in, let alone win the race.

“He’s been an enigma this horse, he’s shown a lot of ability and it has been a long struggle getting a win out of him.

“Hopefully, he can win a few more races.”

Bionics was stakes-placed as a two-year-old in an Inglis race at Moonee Valley in 2017 but his maiden win earned connections a $19,250 winner’s cheque, which took his stakes tally to more than $83,000.

Who knows? Bionics might just be able to go on and string together a few victories now he has found that winning feeling.

Congratulations to Bionics’ patient owners and all involved with his breakthrough win.