Maneeki stars first-up at Mornington

Jan 18, 2016

A solid display of speed at the perfect time helped Maneeki Star to a fighting first-up win at Mornington.

Maneeki Star broke her maiden at Echuca in the winter two runs before a spell but the mare returned in terrific fashion in the Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic Handicap (1200m).

Katelyn Mallyon sent Maneeki Star straight across to lead on rail from barrier 11 before the daughter of Primus set a decent speed throughout the $20,000 contest.

Maneeki Star’s opposition had the entire home straight to catch the four-year-old but Maneeki Star held them off late the score narrowly.

“We thought she’d run a good race because her work since she came into the stable again has been terrific,” Simon Zahra, who trains Maneeki Star in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“Even though she had a wide gate, Katelyn set the perfect speed and she was able to fight them off.”

Maneeki Star’s win gave the Rose family, which includes Ellerton Zahra Racing’s racing manager Sharnee Rose, yet another win with the stable.

Maneeki Star is the first foal to race out of the multiple city winner Portland Paije, who the Rose family also bred and raced. Portland Paije is a half-sister to stakes performers Lakedro and Coldens Choice.

Portland Paije also has another promising filly in the Ellerton Zahra Racing stable. The unnamed filly, by Blue Diamond winner Reward For Effort, has performed well in recent jumpouts at Flemington and could head to the races over Autumn.

Portland Paije also has another Reward For Effort filly going through the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale as Lot 647 out of the Bucklee Farm draft.

Congratulations to Maneeki Star’s owners and all involved with her brilliant first-up win at Mornington.