Savabeel filly Elate, who holds a nomination for the Gr. 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas, scored a smart maiden win against older opposition at Taupo today.
Bought for $270,000 as a yearling by Roger James, who trains her in partnership with Robert Wellwood, Elate had shown promise in trials but was unplaced in two two-year-old starts on rain-affected ground.
It was a very different story in today’s Inglis Ready 2 Run 1300. Ridden by Ryan Elliot, the filly scythed through a narrow gap along the rails and beat Bayamo by a head.
“That was very good,” Wellwood said. “I think that’s a pretty big effort, up against four-year-old mares so early in her three-year-old career. We’re pretty excited.
“She still raced a bit greenly, but we’re very happy she got the job done. She’ll take a lot of improvement from today’s race, and we’ll look forward to seeing what comes after this.”
The TAB has halved Elate’s odds from $101 to $51 for the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 17.
Fittingly, on a day which has also seen the famous Bonecrusher colours carried to victory by first-starter Bolt From The Blue, Elate is a close relative to the 1980s racing legend. Elate’s second dam, the Group One-placed Endless Joy, was a half-sister to Bonecrusher.