Aris­tia has Zahra lost for words

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

SI­MON Zahra is known as the mouth­piece of his train­ing part­ner­ship with his cousin Mat Eller­ton but even he was lost for words af­ter Aris­tia won the Group 1 VRC Oaks for three-year-old fil­lies.

“I’ve never been speech­less be­fore but I am now. I’m lost for words,” Zahra said af­ter the part­ner­ship had won their first ma­jor stay­ing race.

Zahra said they wanted to prove they weren’t only train­ers of sprint­ers.

It was their fourth Group One win but their first in a clas­sic race and their first since Re­sponse won the Sang­ster Stakes in 2011.

“To get a stay­ing Group One un­der our belt is more im­por­tant than any­thing. Just to prove to peo­ple that we can train the stay­ers if we get the right horses,” Zahra said.

Jockey Damian Lane was thrilled to win for the cousins.

“I love Matty and Si­mon; they’ve been such a big part of not only my ca­reer but my life,” he said. “When I moved to Mel­bourne I lived in Matty’s home for the first six or seven months. I wouldn’t be where I am to­day with­out them.”

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