TBV is visiting the stables of some of Victoria’s top trainers this Spring to find out how they have experienced success with Victorian bred horses. And we ask them about their Spring Carnival hopes.

This week, we put the questions to the Flemington based training partnership of Mat Ellerton & Simon Zahra

What is the key race you’re aiming to win this Spring Carnival? Is this with a Victorian bred horse?
The MRC Thousand Guineas with Booker, a daughter of Written Tycoon.

Name three to five of your leading Victorian bred/VOBIS horses heading towards a Spring campaign.
Arctic Angel, Booker, Sword Of Light, Crystal Dreamer

Do you have any Victorian bred/VOBIS 2YOs in your stable that have shown you a reasonable amount of ability leading into the Spring?
Haven’t done enough with any of them yet.  Too early to tell.  We don’t push

Do you have a number of horses by any particular Victorian sire in your stable?
Zoustar, Written Tycoon & Magnus

Name your biggest Spring Carnival achievement with a Victorian bred racehorse.
Winning the 2003 Mackinnon Stakes with Casual Pass and the 2001 Emirates Stakes with Desert Eagle. (both bred by Contract Racing)

Mackinnon Stakes winner Casual Pass

Do you have any other Victorian-related Spring Carnival highlights?
Sunburnt Land winning the 2008 Group 2 Caulfield Sprint and each time he went around that last spring before we lost him.

Is there anything that sets Victorian bred racehorses apart from their rivals at this time of year?
Super VOBIS money. It is always a great incentive to buy, breed & race Victorian bred horses at this time of year and beyond. They seem to come into their own as 3-year olds.

For those interested, Mat and Simon are holding an open day with a BBQ & parade starting at 9am this Sunday at their Flemington stables.

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