Sir Sagamore gets the money at Geelong

Jan 17, 2016

He was a bit erratic in the straight but Sir Sagamore showed his quality with a strong first-up win at Geelong.

Sir Sagamore displayed promise with a city placing in his three-start maiden campaign in July and August before trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra gave the son of Real Saga further time to develop.

Ellerton and Zahra gave Sir Sagamore two jumpouts at Flemington before sending the gelding an hour down the highway to Geelong for the William Hill Plate (1200m).

Katelyn Mallyon had her first race ride on Sir Sagamore and she made the most of a good beginning to have the three-year-old handy to the leader until the home turn.

Sir Sagamore hung out under pressure early in the straight before knuckling down to his task in the last 200m, surging by the front-runner inside the last 50m to score by a long neck.

Mallyon said Sir Sagamore has plenty of improvement in him, particularly in his mental attitude, but the promising prospect had the ability to progress through his grades.

"He's got a lot to learn still,” Mallyon said.

“He always travelled well and I had plenty of horse under me turning for home but when I let go of his head he just lost concentration and was very green in the straight - he was still just too good.

He's got loads of improvement in him and is a nice horse in the making".

Sir Sagamore earned $12,650 for his breakthrough win , taking his earnings to more than $15,700.

Congratulations for great stable supporters First Light Racing and all of Sir Sagamore’s owners on their latest success in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing.