Will Zahra and Ellerton Ramp Up at Caufield

All eyes will focus on Caulfield this Sunday when Simon Zahra and Mathew Ellerton will have their mares in most of the nine races to be held at the venue. The stable will parade Nasdex, Crystal Spirit, Essence of Terror, and La Volt in different races this Sunday. The meeting was supposed to be held on Saturday but was delayed because of hot weather.

According to Zahra, the stable has real chances of winning with The Essence of Terror ($6) being the Second favorite in the 1100m Alice Mosley Handicap. The mare raced strongly in front with blinkers at the Moonee Valley. The horse kicked clear around only to be cornered in the final strides making her miss a place.  The Essence of Terror has been drawn in barrier four so Zahra believes that this will help her a great deal.

On the other hand, La Volt is on the second line of betting in the 1400m Sandra Cheevers Handicap. He will be starting at barrier one, and if his performance in the benchmark 64 at Moonee Valley is anything to go by, then he stands a chance of doing well in the race. In the other day’s race, he was three-deep, and this explains why he didn’t do well. However, in the Caulfield race he is three starts and given that it is a similar race, he is expected to perform better.

According to Zahra, the Crystal Spirit looks suitable especially when one considers the weight even though he did a few things wrong during the preparation. On the other hand, at Pakenham Nasdex won first up last month when he featured for his new stable for the first time. It is for this reason that Zahra is confident that Nasdex will do well in the 1100m at Caufield. Nadex’s form is mostly over 1000m and given that Caufield will be 1100m, it is expected that he will do well in the race. Zahra said that initially, he had thought that he was a bit vulnerable, but his second-up was terrific. He exhibited the same form on Monday and so if he can do the same, he is likely to run a pretty race and do well on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Group 1-winning jockey in Noel Callow has been suspended for careless riding on a New Year’s Day. He will miss ten meetings because of the offense.


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