Maiden Of The Week

Elkington Road (AUS)

Elkington Road (AUS)

3 g All Too Hard – Sherbet Bomb by Snitzel

O: Ballymore Stables (Aust) Pty Ltd (Mgr: M D Moroney), Kariba Racing (Mgr: C Dziedzic), R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr: R P Legh), R Ford, B & C Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Mgr: B Dorman), G Devonport, M Merton, G Mellis & J’raver Synd (Mgr: R Johnston)

B: Platinum Breeding and Racing

T: Mike Moroney

S: Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2021 V: Northmore Thoroughbreds B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Mike Moroney P: $240,000

W: Ladbroke It Maiden Plate, 1200m, Sandown-Lakeside, August 31

Elkington Road (All Too Hard) created a lasting impression when he produced a scintillating turn of foot to win a five-runner 1200-metre maiden at SandownLakeside on Wednesday.

Providing Mike Moroney with another three-year-old midweek winner in August, the son of Vinery Stud stallion All Too Hard (Casino Prince) came from third to first in a matter of strides under Jamie Mott before careering away to beat Ferrari Man (Menari) by a widening two and a quarter lengths at the line. Nicodemus (Impending) was a further three-quarters of a length back in third.

“Even though it was a small field, it was an impressive win,” Mott said. “He is a horse that is still very raw.

“He began a little too quickly and wanted to run through the bridle. They didn’t go at hectic speed, but I let them go and got into a good rhythm. 

“I had a look coming into the straight, everything was under pressure, and I was cantering.”

Bred by Roger Sousa’s Platinum Breeding and Racing, Elkington Road was pinhooked for $100,000 as a weanling before being sold for $240,000 to Paul Moroney Bloodstock when offered by Northmore Thoroughbreds at last year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

A half-brother to the Group 3-placed winner Rocket Fuel (Smart Missile), Elkington Road is the fourth winner from as many foals out of the winning Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) mare Sherbet Bomb. 

An $85,000 purchase for Platinum Breeding And Racing and Pinhook Bloodstock (FBAA) at the 2019 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, Sherbet Bomb herself is a daughter of stakes winner and New Zealand Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) third Lady Annaliese (Groom Dancer).

Sherbet Bomb has a yearling colt by Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry) and visited Bivouac (Exceed And Excel) last spring.

Four-time Group 1-winning stallion All Too Hard stands for $38,500 (inc GST).