EZR’s Coupe could be a Smart filly
THE Ellerton/Zahra team appears to have a very smart filly in the shape of Smart Coupe who made it successive dominant wins at Friday’s Flemington jump outs.
The Smart Missile youngster, out of Group 2 winner Coupe, led most the way in the 800m heat, run in good time, and was even more impressive than her effort a week earlier.
Heat 1 (49.03): CAPTIVATOR led three off the fence from CINQ DAMES (2f, Hayes/Dabernig) and BINT ZAHEEYA (2f, McEvoy) between them. XEBEC settled with cover. Captivator went for home before the turn but couldn’t sustain it and Cinq Dames and Bint Zaheeya, both also ridden up, did best late and hit the line together. Others: Juniper Girl, Sognani.
Heat 2 (49.98): SWISS KISS found the lead easily from BELLA VELLA and NICOSMILE (3g, Hayes/Dabernig) with GRASSE
(2f, Beadman) improving around the latter. Bella Vella started to get upper hand in the straight and edged out Swiss Kiss, both travelling well, with four to Nicosmile with ANOTHER BULLSEYE. Other: Rex Bell. Heat 3 (48.45): BLACK DIAMOND GIRL showed her customary speed to clear LITTLE GYPSY (2f, Hayes/Dabernig). MAY D’ORO Ellerton/Zahra) and I BOOGI were the next pair. They were never going to get near Black Diamond Girl and she cruised home two clear of I Boogi and Little Gypsy both going okay too. Others: Black Wolf Run, Vainglorious.
Heat 4 (49.05): EASY FLYER and NISTAAN shared the early lead from SHOKORA (2f, Hayes/ Dabernig) in a bunched group. TARA ITI and MISS ATARAXIA (2f, O’Brien) were close up too. They fanned on the turn and Shokora hit the lead looked to hold Nistaan safely. Easy Flyer was a length or so further back. Other: Groovin’.
Heat 5 (48.93): SMART COUPE (2f, Ellerton/Zahra) headed TANGO MAN (2g, Hayes/Dabernig) who held the inside and AMENDMENT was next inside an improving BOLOSSOMO. Smart Coupe had plenty in reserve and dashed well clear of Tango Man and CONFLUENCE ran on into third from the back. Other: Sous La Terre.
Heat 6 (50.72): TERCET (2f, Beadman) landed in front of KARAKORAM (2g, Freedman) wider out around DEAL MASTER and CHIEF MOONDANCE. Leader came off the fence on the turn Chief Moondance gained a saloon run but was ridden along. He held on LEGALE was travelling much better making plenty of ground. Deal Master ran third. Other: Alward.
Heat 7 (49.95): ECOLOGY was taken on by DUAN ZHIXING but very wide out and OCEAN DEEP (2f, Hayes/Dabernig) and GIROUX raced between them. Ecology kicked away early in the straight and staved off Giroux and Duan Zhixing. Others: Ballistic Lass, Tahi.
Heat 8 (49.97): VALLIANO took it up early from EMAAN (2f, Hayes/Dabernig) while SORENATA and THIN GREEN LINE (2f, Moroney) followed. Valliano was let go kicked away before easing late to beat Emaan by two with a gap Thin Green Line. Others: Tsaritsa (going easily), Exilia Miss.
Heat 9 (50.75): CHAMPENOISE jumped in front from MEADOW SPRITE and TORNADO GAL (2f, Kavanagh). Further out was CRIMSON AND CLOVER (2f, O’Brien). No pressure applied to any runner and Champenoise won by about a length from Tornado Gal Crimson And Clover making some ground. Others: Five Star Ruby, Crystal Spirit.
Heat 10 (49.14): BLACK MARY beat them out to lead PRETTY MAMA and VITAL IMPORTANCE. A gap SOUTH BEND (2c, Hayes/Dabernig). Black Mary was given a dig early in the straight and extended to win by three from Vital Importance joining Pretty Mama late. Others: Yes I Do, Bel Esprit/Rock My Page.
Heat 11 (49.86): DUNPHY (3c, Cerchi) found the front from
MERRIMEN with OCEAN PARK/ CHARLOTTES REVENGE (Ellerton/ a clear third from REDWOOD/HAYLIN (Ellerton/ Zahra). Merrimen took over the turn and kicked well clearer of Dunphy SAFETY DANCE (2c, Hayes/Dabernig) into third.
Other: Mastercraftsman/Top Spot.