Elblitzem scores over Veloce Bella and So Royal. www.raceimages.co.nz
Better known for winning on yielding ground, Elblitzem (7 B. G. Elnadim – Arduous, by Mohammed Abdu) benefitted from a terrific ride by Vinny Colgan to win at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup Day.
On good footing in the $70,000, Group III, Nicolas Feuillatte Stakes, under weight-for-age conditions, Colgan was instructed by co-trainer Robert Priscott to utilize the one draw and make it difficult for noted pacemaker Sir Slick (Volksraad) to work across.
Sir Slick was expected to take up a handy position as usual, but unable to muster the necessary pace after being wide leaving the straight he was eased to the rear of the nine-horse field before running on for sixth.
Colgan said, “I was a little shocked I didn’t see Sir Slick in my sights going over the crossing and I was able to get a nice lead. At the half mile we were going quite well. He gave me a nice kick at the 400m and it took me awhile to ease him up.”
Colgan had only recently resumed riding after suffering an injury to his neck in a race fall at Ellerslie in April and along with riding Singapore Sling (Starcraft) to victory in the Soliloquy Stakes, he bagged his second group three win in a handful of rides since returning to the saddle.
Colgan said, “I’m riding without pain, I’m fit and riding work at Matamata Monday to Friday, keeping strong, and while rides are a bit slow coming I’ll just keep pressing forward. I’ve only been back a short time and I’ve won two group three races already.”
Co-trainer Clayton Chipperfield said, “He (Elblitzem) has won a group race from in front before. It’s hard to come from behind today, so great ride and a great run.”
The win came as no surprise to Chipperfield.
“He’s been working super” he said “and he went a huge race at Rotorua last start. He’s trained on super since, done everything right and we expected a good run.”
Elblitzem had one-and-a-quarter-lengths to spare over a late closing Veloce Bella (Volksraad), now in foal to Zabeel (Sir Tristram), with So Royal (Shinko King) fighting hard off the trail for third, three-quarters-of-a-length away.
Running the 2400m in 2:04.13, last 600m 33.79, Elblitzem started as the seventh favourite and paid $15.60 & $3.20.
Previously, Elblitzem had impressed winning on dead and slow going, with his biggest success coming in the group three Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni. He also won a listed Matamata Cup among his nine wins for stakes of $312,000.
Bred by Dave Smith of Dunstan Feeds and Westbury Stud, Elblitzem is owned by D W Looker, T H P O'Leary, G E Petersen, R I Scott, D R Smith & E L Wilson.
The dam of Elblitzem, Arduous, was a talented race-mare over sprint distances on slow and heavy footing, impressing on three occasions during her total of six wins.