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Star Of Giselle scores narrow win in Mannerism Stakes

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Mannerism Stakes winner Star Of Giselle will stick to fillies and mares races for the rest of the Melbourne Autumn Carnival after scoring a narrow win first up at Caulfield today.

Star Of Giselle

Star Of Giselle scores a close win in the Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by: Bruno Cannatelli

The training partnership of  Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra did a good job to prepare Star Of Giselle first up to take out the Group 3 $150,000 TBV Mannerism Stakes (1400m) and wrap up a winning double for the stable after Secret Liaison scored early in the day.

Star Of Giselle was having her first start since finishing eighth in the Group 3 $150,000 Snowhite Maintenance Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sportingbet Sandown Park on November 17 but her Spring form included a Group 3 victory in the $150,000 Trojan Hand Tools Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on November 27.

Winning rider Kerrin McEvoy, coming straight off his Group 1 Oakleigh Plate win on Mrs Onassis, had Star Of Giselle ($4.60 favourite) up on the speed and after sitting outside the leader Family Crest ($14) , battled hard all the way down the straight to nose out Family Crest and the fast finishing Hi Belle.

Ellerton thought that Star Of Giselle might be a bit underdone going into today’s race and told McEvoy to leave something in reserve for the run to the line.

“This mare was a bit rusty today and I said to Kerrin to give her as sweet a first half mile as you can and hopefully she’s got that kick there, you know to clean her out for a good race down the track,” Ellerton said.

“I thought she was just going to plug away into third there for a minute, but to her credit she dug deep and fantastic she got her head in front.”

Ellerton has picked out the Group 3 $150,000 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) for fillies and mares at Flemington on March 9 and the Group 2 $220,000 Sportingbet Sunline Stakes (1600m) at weight for age for the mares at Moonee Valley on March 22.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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