Gilt Edge fights hard for second-up win

Dec 14, 2015

The margin was narrow but Gilt Edge got the right result for Ellerton Zahra Racing with her second-up victory at Kilmore.

Gilt Edge broke her maiden at her last outing before a spell in May before running a solid second when resuming in Rating 58 grade at Yarra Valley on November 28.

Trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra thought Gilt Edge did enough on her return to racing, stepping her up to Benchmark 64 company for the TPS Consultancy Handicap (1462m).

A small field of six ensured the race was a tactical affair but jockey Andrew Mallyon was content to let the daughter of Fastnet Rock travel behind the front-runners until the 500m.

The tempo increased rounding the home turn before Gilt Edge finished hard down the outside while the runner-up had all the favours and saved ground in the straight, which shortened the winner’s margin to a nose.

“She didn’t win by far but she did a pretty good job,” Zahra said.

“She had to make a long run because of the way the race was run and had to circle them all around the turn.

“She had to fight hard but Andrew got the best out of her in the last bit and that made all the difference.”

Gilt Edge’s win was her second in a nine-start career that also features four minor placings while the $9600 winner’s cheque took her earnings to more than $35,000.

Congratulations to Gilt Edge’s owners and all involved with her terrific success.