Geelong double to close out super September

Sep 30, 2019

Ellerton Zahra Racing’s terrific month of September ended on a brilliant note with a stable double at Geelong.

Stayawake became the stable’s ninth winner of the month when he raced on the speed throughout in a 1235m Benchmark 58 to give trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra winners at each end of the meeting after Debt’n’deficit won the opening race of the meeting.

Stayawake made a terrific return to racing when he defied the challengers to win the APCO Service Stations Handicap with Chris Symons in the saddle.

The New Zealand-bred Stayawake was a maiden winner at Mornington two runs back in April but did a terrific job to score first-up with 60.5kg at Geelong.

“He had to do a lot of work early and he just trucked across,” Zahra said.

“He’s not the most adaptable horse when he hits the front so to hit the front at the top of the straight and maintain it through the line shows how much he has matured in the last three months.

“We’re rapt with that performance and hopefully he can go on with it from here.”

Earlier, Debt’n’deficit made super start to her career in the Bet365 Maiden Plate (1235m).

Debt’n’deficit’s inexperience showed in the early and middle stages before the filly rattled home from second last to get up on the line in a promising display.

“She let go pretty well but if she was going to get there, she was always going to get there late,” winning rider Damien Thornton said.

“She’s very green but there’s plenty of improvement in her.

“She a very nice filly. She gave me a pretty good feel and there’s a lot more in store for her.”