Beaten at Terang, winner at Flemington   Leave a comment

Beaten at Terang, winner at Flemington

Damien Thornton winning rider of Bel Chandon

Damien Thornton winning rider of Bel Chandon (Photo courtesy of Slickpix)

She wasn’t able to win a Terang maiden on debut, but Bel Chandon was good enough to win at Flemington at her next outing.

The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained daughter of Bel Esprit defied an alarming betting drift – $9 out to $17 – to prove too good for her rivals in Saturday’s $80,000 Phar Lap Club Plate (1100m) for two-year-old fillies.

The victory atoned for a three-quarters-of-a-length defeat at the hands of Peter Moody-trained fillyIn A Smile at Terang on 19 April and Ellerton said the turnaround was a great advertisement for the strength of Victorian racing.

“It doesn’t matter where you go now in Victoria, (it’s hard to win),” he said.

“Obviously we ran into one of Moody’s and it won quite well, but we rode her contrary to her pattern there, when she led and overraced a bit, but she settled beautifully and hit the line great today.”

Bel Chandon drifted back at the start and settled towards the outside of the widest division in the straight-track contest before unleashing a powerful second half to sweep to a three-quarters-of-a-length win over Minetti ($4.40) with Tiz My View ($9) 2-1/4 lengths back third.

Nadawaat, the $3.50 favourite, settled midfield, but was under pressure from a long way out and battled into fourth position, just under 3-1/2 lengths from Bel Chandon.

The winning time was 1:03.69, which included some impressive sectionals. Bel Chandon was the only horse to break 45 seconds for the final 800m (44.58secs), the only one to break 34 seconds for the final 600m (33.91), while her last 400m (23.18) and 200m (12.12) were the fastest of the race.

Winning jockey Damien Thornton said it was a meritorious win given the long run she made.

“I was a bit worried I got there a bit early, I got to the clocktower and was level with Hawkesy’s (Minetti), but it was a very tough win because that last 100 she became a little bit vulnerable.”

Bel Chandon’s victory was the first leg of an early double for Ellerton Zahra Racing, who won the Patricia Vagg Handicap (1200m) with Face Forward.

The three-year-old daughter of Charge Forward repeated her win at the same track on Anzac Day when she powered down the outside section of the track to score a strong win over Faction andMore Radiant.

With Dwayne Dunn, who took the winning ride on Anzac Day, in Adelaide for the South Australian Derby, Katelyn Mallyon took the winning ride in the benchmark 78 for three-year-old fillies.

WATCH: Bel Chandon prove too good in the opening race at Flemington


Posted May 9, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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