Confluence's confidence returns at Bendigo

Jul 28, 2019

Confluence bounced back to winning form when carrying a big weight to victory at Bendigo.

Confluence was a strong winner at Echuca back in June before a failed experiment of running the gelding on a synthetic track took its toll on the gelding at his next two runs.

However, dropping back to Benchmark 64 level and a positive ride from experienced jockey Dean Yendall helped the son of Denman to a determined win with 60.5kg.

“It’s good to see this horse bounce back,” Simon Zahra, who trains Confluence in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“He showed us quite a bit early in the prep but he went to the synthetic tracks and lost his confidence a touch.

“He just lost his way and Andrew (Mallyon) sort of sat up on him the other day and thought he felt average.”

Zahra said Yendall’s early initiative helped Confluence regain his confidence in himself.

“Once Dean go him into that right spot, he was always going to be hard to beat,” Zahra said.

“An aggressive ride and just keep him interested in the race and help him get his confidence back was the key to today.

“He carried the weight well and we can now look for something a touch better.”

Confluence’s latest win was his third in 15 starts while the $19,250 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally to more than $168,000.

Congratulations to Confluence’s owners Hesket Bloodstock on yet another success in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.