The win of Elteearr at Cranbourne on Tuesday night certainly did a lot to reaffirm two of racing's tried and true adages. In the first place, sometimes horses are just meant to win. And secondly, hindsight is a wonderful thing!!
While the win of the locally trained mare wasn't a surprise, the authority with which Elteearr won had a few scratching their heads after the race. In fact stewards even queried what was perceived to be an improved performance. But on closer examination the race result should never have been in doubt and punters should rue the fact that the mare went around at backable odds.
Two starts back, Elteearr ran a very creditable third at Melton to the promising Emma Stewart trained pacer Vinland in 1:58 after settling midfield. She was then unplaced behind the same pacer in a strong affair at Melton after racing outside the leader and did herself no favours in that race by tending to overrace.
Connections faith in their horse's ability was reaffirmed with an easy trial win at Melton late last month and so it was that Elteearr was entered for her latest assignment at Cranbourne. The race was restricted to R0 - R1 pacers and, with the possible exception of the co-favourite Our Edwardo Denario, the filed certainly lacked the depth of opposition Elteearr had faced in recent times.
Eased off the gate from her wide draw, the daughter of Village Jasper settled at the rear of the field for driver Anthony Butt. Running off the back straight the final time Butt angled Elteearr to the outside running line and she quickly put paid to her rivals shortly after turning for home.
Officially Elteearr scored by seven metres from Our Edwardo Denario with Its The Emblem filling third placing but there is little doubt that the margin could have been even greater if Butt had felt inclined.
Trainer Charlie Wootton noted after the race "That was the weakest race she has struck for a while. When she settled well for Anthony I thought she'd be hard to beat. Hopefully that win gives her some confidence."
Wootton is planning for Elteearr to have her next outing on her hometrack on Sunday week (25 June) in a restricted class race for C1 pacers with not more than 24 field selection points.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography