Consortium strolls to Cranbourne success

May 03, 2019

A decision to take luck out of the equation produced an emphatic win for the talented filly Consortium at Cranbourne.

Consortium struck trouble when third at her previous outing at Cranbourne but the daughter of Written Tycoon relished racing on the pace in the IGA plus Liquor Maiden Plate (1400m).

Consortium drew the outside gate in the $35,000 race but experienced jockey Chris Symons sent the three-year-old straight across to lead in the soft conditions.

Symons was careful to keep Consortium off the inside rail midrace before letting his mount ease out towards the centre of the track on the home turn.

Consortium was challenged at the 300m before ploughing through the wet ground to score by 3 ¾ lengths in a dominant display.

“It was a great win. She has been knocking on the door and no doubt we all saw her luckless run at Pakenham,” Symons said.

“She drew really awkward tonight and I really didn’t think the track was going to play in our favour because I didn’t want to go low down to the rail.

“I just kept my line one out and going around the circle, I gradually kept creeping out.

“I thought she was a sitting duck but at the top of the straight, she really slung off that turn and put them away quite easily.”

Consortium relished the 1400m in her maiden win. Symons said Consortium would enjoy racing over further but wondered whether riding the filly to lead would be the best way to go in the future.

“I think she’s going to get further because I like the way she switches off but it’s quite hard to do that at both ends,” Symons said.

Consortium earned $27,650 in prizemoney and bonuses for her maiden success, which came at her third start.

Congratulations to Consortium’s happy band of owners and all involved with her Cranbourne success.