Mornington Easter Sunday double for EZR

Apr 21, 2019

What better way for Ellerton Zahra Racing to celebrate Easter than with a winning double with a pair of promising young horses at Mornington?

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra sent a team of three horses to the Mornington meeting and all performed well with All Copped Up getting the day of to the perfect start with an amazing performance in the opening race of the day.

The sister to Group I winner Bel Mer missed 17 months of racing between November 2017 and April of 2019 but All Cooped Up showed she had come back well from her long break when finishing two lengths from the winner first-up at Pakenham.

Ellerton and Zahra kept the four-year-old at 1200m for her Mornington assignment in the Mornington Nissan Plate (1200m) and All Cooped Up was going to win the $23,000 race a long way from home.

All Cooped Up travelled sweetly to the home turn for jockey Chris Symons, who had to find a gap for his mount at the 200m. All Cooped Up hit the lead at the 100m before holding off her opposition to score a determined win.

“She really deserved that win because she has done an amazing job to get back to the races after so long off,” Zahra said.

“It’s just a great team effort from everyone and the owners have been especially patient so it’s great to see her win and give them a reward for their patience.

“It’s a special win and Chris gave her a perfect ride.”

Stayawake again displayed Ellerton Zahra Racing’s knack with the progeny of New Zealand stallion Zacinto with a strong on-pace win in the Bentons Square Plate (1500m).

Stayawake had been competitive in his four previous runs before Ellerton and Zahra stepped up the three-year-old to 1500m for his Warrnambool test.

Symons rated the gelding to perfection in front. Stayawake had to work to find the front but relaxed well when Symons wanted to slow the speed midrace.

The three-year-old sprinted well on the home turn and maintained that effort in the straight, scoring by a long neck.

“We like the Zacinto stock and they are just terrific to work with,” Zahra said.

“They take a bit of time but they are genuine and we have had great success with Odeon, Necessitas and others doing the job for the stable.

“This horse has never run a bad race and just keeps improving with every race. He’ll be better over more ground as well.”

Congratulations to the owners of both winners and thanks to everyone at the stable for getting the team to the races in such terrific condition.