Brave Darmasun fights for Moe maiden win

Jun 03, 2019

Darmasun’s fighting qualities went to a new level in the filly’s brave maiden win at Moe.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra made a rare trip to Moe to run the filly in the Gippsland Solar 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m) but cold and wet conditions greeted the three-year-old for her first-up run.

However, the daughter of Fighting Sun produced a gutsy performance to notch her first win.

Jockey Damian Thornton let Darmasun find her feet in the heavy ground in a midfield position in the early and middle stages before pushing her to quicken on the home turn.

Darmasun had trouble getting past the front-runner, the aptly named Fight, at the 200m and had to dig deep in the latter stages to get the bob of the head in a tight photo.

Thornton wasn’t convinced he had won the $23,000 race on Darmasun.

“I actually thought I got beat,” Thornton said. I didn’t think I had got there.

Thornton said Darmasun almost threw away the win but the filly would benefit from her hard-fought success.

“She loomed at the top of the straight to go straight past (the runner-up) and she pulled up so there’s definitely plenty of improvement in her,” Thornton said.

“She probably should have won by a couple of lengths but she’s still learning.

“She got through that (going) OK but she will probably be better back on top of the ground.

“She’s always shown potential and she’s been going very well this time in so it was great to get the result.”

Congratulations to Darmasun's owners and all involved with her fighting victory at Moe.