Favourite's boy Springs to victory at Pakenham
Nov 29, 2015
The son of a former stable favourite broke his maiden in record time on the turf track at Pakenham.
Siding Spring, by Starcraft, is out of the Group III winner Red Flair, who Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra prepared to win six races and more than $440,000 in stakes before retiring to stud.
While Red Flair won on debut as a two-year-old, Siding Spring had taken longer to develop but showed his ability with his success in the Wise Choice Catering Maiden Plate (1400m).
Siding Spring stepped out for the fifth time in the $24,750 event but the gelding relished the open spaces of the Pakenham track to record a dominant win.
Leading rider Craig Williams was positive early in Siding Spring, letting him stride behind the leaders, but had to use the whip on the chestnut 500m from home.
However, Siding Spring sprinted strongly once balanced in the straight, overhauling the leader 200m from home before drawing away to score by 1 ¾ lengths with the third horse another six lengths adrift.
“He’s a work in progress but he showed he’s got nice ability with that win,” Zahra said.
“They rolled along a bit but he was really strong on the line so it looks like he will run at least 1600m or maybe further.
“He’s another one that we have taken our time with and hopefully he can continue to develop and improve this time in.”
Siding Spring’s win earned connections $20,000 in stakes and bonuses.
Congratulations to Siding Spring’s owners and all involved with the promising performer’s breakthrough success.