Estada storms to Cranbourne win
Jan 04, 2013
Smart mare Estada broke for a deserved second-up win when she proved too strong for her opposition in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1200m) at Cranbourne.
Estada broke her maiden on the Geelong Synthetic track in June last year before developing further in a 20-week spell during the spring months.
The daughter of Estambul showed she was ready to add to her win tally with a strong first-up second at Pakenham in mid-December before her Cranbourne success.
Trainer Luke Oliver booked experienced jockey Luke Currie to Estada in her $30,000 assignment.
Estada began quickly to be near the speed in the first 200 metres but Currie remained cool as pressure from horses caught out wide forced the four-year-old back to the second half of the field midrace.
Estada travelled well for Currie until he asked her to improve into the event from the 500 metres.
Estada took time to wind up but hit her top once balanced in the straight before surging late to beat the Mick Price-trained Nadhima by a half-neck.
Her victory was Estada’s second in 11 starts while the $18,000 first prize boosted her prizemoney to more than $46,000, more than triple the $12,000 Hancox Bloodstock paid for her at the 2010 Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale.
Congratulations to Estada’s owners - Mrs E A Clarke & R Clarke & Hancox Bloodstock Pty Ltd Encantada (Mgr: Ms S F Hancox).
Click here for a replay of Estada’s strong win at Cranbourne.
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