EZR hits the target with another Smart Missile at Seymour

Apr 15, 2019

Smart Missile looks to have another promising filly to represent him after Lianne’s outstanding maiden win at Seymour.

Ellerton Zahra Racing has purchased a few of Smart Missile’s progeny in recent sales and Lianne again showed the reason the stable has put its faith in the sire with her dominant win.

Ellerton Zahra has a Smart Missile colt for sale at the moment and Lianne showed the quality of the sire’s stock with her Seymour success.

Lianne finished third when resuming at Sale on March 31 but racing further back in the field resulted in a most impressive win in the Lloyd Sound 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m) at Seymour.

Damien Thornton adopted different tactics to her Sale run in Lianne’s Seymour outing, letting the three-year-old race back in the field but she handled to change of race pattern with aplomb.

Lianne swept around her opposition to score easily but Thornton said the Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained filly had plenty of improvement left in her.

“She’s a progressive type of filly,” Thornton said. “She’s a lovely type and she’s got a pretty cruisy attitude, but she was more switched on today.

“She was a bit close last time, but I wanted to ride her a bit quieter today. I was happy to stay wider today to give her the chance to finish off.

“‘I was happy to let them go and have one crack at them to see if she would have a better turn of foot.

“She won quite soft in the end and I have a bit of time for her.

“She’s still learning and doesn’t know what to do but she’ll get there.”

Lianne’s brilliant win came at her fifth start while the $21,000 winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to $33,000 with more to come as she develops.

Congratulations to Lianne’s owners and all involved with the terrific prospect’s first win.