Double strike for EZR at Seymour

Jun 06, 2019

Their styles contrasted but Into Rio and La Volt produced terrific efforts to give Ellerton Zahra Racing a winning double at Seymour.

La Volt raced on the speed before proving too strong in the Bet365 Handicap (1418m) while Into Rio came from well back for a dominant win in the G & S O’Sullivan Handicap (1418m).

La Volt completed back-to-back wins when Chris Symons guided him to a strong one-length success to back up his all-the-way win at his previous outing at Cranbourne.

Symons was happy to let La Volt follow the leader before the son of Charge Forward comfortably held off his opposition with 60kg to post his fourth career victory.

Simon Zahra, who trains La Volt in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said La Volt had spent a long time off the scene but had returned in terrific order for his latest campaign.

“He had 12 months in the paddock so it probably took a couple of runs to get him fit,” Zahra said.

“We put the blinkers on him third-up and it seemed to work.

“He’s always shown us a lot and we stiff in a couple of races in town last prep so it’s good to get a couple of wins and get his confidence up.”

Apprentice Thomas Stockdale brought Into Rio with a perfectly timed run to score a strong first-up win.

Into Rio, a son of Zacinto, raced back in the field before finishing powerfully to win by 2 ½ lengths, justifying the stable’s decision to keep him to short trips this time in after trying him as a stayer last summer.

“The owners have been patient,” Zahra said.

“Last time in we stepped him up over a bit of ground but he didn’t have the killer punch so we said to the owners that we’d give him three weeks out and keep him to the sprints this time in.

“He’s held his condition a lot better and he look a lot better and we can see what he can do with his good turn of foot so we’ll give him one more run and bring him back for the summer.”

Congratulations to the owners of Into Rio and La Volt and a huge thanks to all involved in getting the pair to Seymour in such terrific condition.