Prezado powers to another Flemington straight win

Jul 20, 2019

Prezado has required some patience from the stable but the sprinter again showed his prowess down the Flemington straight track with another victory on the unique course.

Prezado stormed to prominence when he blitzed his rivals down the straight on Melbourne Cup day 2017 but had to wait more than a year for his next win at Pakenham in December last year.

The son of Denman had steadily improved during his latest campaign, running third in a solid effort at Sandown on June 26 before Prezado returned to his home track for the Stable Staff Recognition Handicap (1000m).

Linda Meech took the ride on the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Prezado in the $125,000 contest, perfectly timing her run to get the gelding home by three-quarters of a length.

Ellerton said Prezado had promised the world with his Melbourne Cup day win but was starting to work back to his best form.

"His win here on Melbourne Cup day looked pretty good and he had it all in front of him, but to say he's been a frustration is an understatement," Ellerton said.

"He's probably his own worst enemy as he can be tardy away, but today he seemed to leave the gates well and wasn't too far away from the speed and helped himself.

"He's a pretty sound sort of horse so hopefully he can take a bit of confidence out of today.

"We're relieved he got away with the win."

Prezado’s latest Flemington win was his third in 19 starts while the $68,750 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally to more than $320,000.

Congratulations to Prezado’s large band of owners on the four-year-old’s latest win at headquarters.